What are starting Arrangements Requirements of Emergency Generator as per SOLAS ?

Starting arrangements for emergency generating should be as mentioned in below paragraph:

  1. Emergency generating sets shall be capable of being readily started at a temperature of 0 degree C and if the temperature below  0 degree C are anticipated provision shall be made for hearing the engine so that it starts readily.
  2. The starting, charging and energy storing devices, which shall not be used for any purpose other than the operation of the emergency generating set, shall be located in the emergency generator space except that the air receiver of the emergency generator set may be supplied from the main or auxiliary compressed air system through a non-return valve located in the emergency generator space.

(3) The stored energy required from staring shall be maintained at all times-

  1. In electrical and Electro-hydraulic systems, from the emergency switchboard and
  2. In compressed air system, by the main or auxiliary air compressor which ,if it is electrically driven shall be supplied from the emergency switch board.

(4) Any emergency generating set arranged to be automatically started shall-

  1. Be equipped with a starting system having sufficient stored energy for six consecutive starts, and
  2. Be provided with an additional source of stored energy independent of the starting system required under SOLAS capable of producing a futher six starts within 30 minutes, unless an alternative and independent starting system is provided or effective manual starting can be demonstrated.

(5) Any emergency generator that is not arranges for automatic starting shall-

  1. Be provided with starting arrangements in accordance with the requirements of above paragraph  except that the starting may be initiated manually, or
  2. Be started manually by cranking inertia starters or manually charged hydraulic accumulators so that at least six starts can be accumulated within 30 minutes.


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