What are regulations for emergency power supply on ships as per SOLAS ?

(1) The Emergency source of electric power required and  shall be capable of simultaneously supplying the following services, including any starting currents and for the following periods:-

(a) for a period of 3 hours the emergency lighting required under the Merchant Shipping (Life-Saving Appliances) rules, 1990.

(b) for a period of 18 hours, emergency lighting :

(i) in all service an accommodations alleyways, stairways , exits, lifts and lifts shafts.
(ii) in machinery spaces and main generating stations including the control positions.
(iii) in control stations, machinery control rooms and at each main and emergency switchboard.
(iv) at the stowage positions for firemen’s outfits.
(v) at the steering gear, and
(vi) at the fire pump, sprinkler pump and emergency bilge pump and at their starting positions.

(c) for a period of 18 hours, unless they have an equivalent independent supply from a suitably located accumulator battery:-

(i) the general alarm;
(ii) the fire detection and fire alarm system;
(iii) the daylight signalling lamps, ships, whistle and manually operated call points, intermittently, and
(iv) the statutory navigational equipment and aids;

(d) for the period of 18 hours;

(i) the navigation lights, and
(ii) any fire pumps and emergency fire pumps dependent upon the emergency generator for their source of power;

Notes :

 (2) The Director General may permit a reduction of the periods of time specified and not less than 12 hours in any ship plying regularly on voyages of short duration.


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