What are Steering gear testing and drills requirements as per SOLAS ?

Within 12 hours before departure, the ship’s steering gear shall be checked and tested by the ship’s crew. The test procedure shall include, where applicable, the operation of the following:

  1. The main steering gear;
  2. The auxiliary steering gear;
  3. The remote steering gear control systems;
  4. The steering positions located on the navigation bridge;
  5. The emergency power supply;
  6. The rudder angle indicators in relation to the actual position of the rudder;
  7. The remote steering gear control system power failure alarms;
  8. The steering gear power unit failure alarms; and
  9. Automatic isolating arrangements and other automatic equipment.

The checks and tests shall include:

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