What is meaning of Marshalling of liferaft as per SOLAS?

As per SOLAS chapter III , regulation 21

Marshalling of liferafts

3.1  The number of lifeboats and rescue boats that are carried on passenger ships shall be sufficient to ensure that in providing for abandonment by the total number of persons on board not more than six liferafts need be marshalled by each lifeboat or rescue boat.

3.2  The number of lifeboats and rescue boats that are carried on passenger ships engaged on short international voyages and complying with the special standards of subdivision prescribed by regulation II-1/6.5 shall be sufficient to ensure that in providing for abandonment by the total number of persons on board not more than nine liferafts need be marshalled by each lifeboat or rescue boat.

In other words marshalling of liferaft  can be explained as:
  1. Each passenger vessel must have a lifeboat or rescue boat for each six liferafts when—
    • Each lifeboat and rescue boat is loaded with its full complement of persons; and
    • The minimum number of liferafts necessary to accommodate the remainder of the persons on board have been launched.
  2.  A passenger vessel engaged on a short international voyage that also complies with the standards of subdivision requirements for vessels on short international voyages as described in chapter may have a lifeboat or rescue boat for each nine liferafts when—
    • Each lifeboat and rescue boat is loaded with its full complement of persons; and
    • The minimum number of liferafts necessary to accommodate the remainder of the persons on board have been launched.

ANUBHAV GAUTAM

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