According to SOLAS Chapter III, Reg. 14
Rescue boats shall be stowed:
- in a state of continuous readiness for launching in not more than 5 min;
- in a position suitable for launching and recovery;
- so that neither the rescue boat nor its stowage arrangements will interfere with the operation of any survival craft at any other launching station; and
- if it is also a lifeboat, in compliance with the requirements of regulation 13: stowage of survival crafts.
According to SOLAS Chapter III, Reg. 17
Rescue boat embarkation, launching and recovery arrangements are:
- The rescue boat embarkation and launching arrangements shall be such that the rescue boat can be boarded and launched in the shortest possible time.
- If the rescue boat is one of the ship’s survival craft, the embarkation arrangements and launching station shall comply with the requirements of
- Regulation 11: embarkation arrangements and Regulation 12 Launching stations.
- All rescue boats shall be capable of being launched with the ship making headway at speeds up to 5 knots in calm water.
- Recovery time of the rescue boat shall be not more than 5 min in moderate sea conditions when loaded with its full complement of persons and equipment.
- Rescue boat embarkation and recovery arrangements shall allow for safe and efficient handling of a stretcher case.