What is regulations for testing of SCBA bottles as per SOLAS ?


  • All cylinders should be externally examined annually by a competent person.
  • The competent person may be either a member of the ship’s crew who is trained and assigned to carry out this work or an accredited service agent.


  • The maximum interval between hydraulic tests for solid drawn steel cylinders is 5 years. Composite cylinders may require more frequent testing – stipulated by manufacturers instructions.
  • Hydraulic testing must be carried out by an accredited service agent or test facility.
  • Following the hydraulic test, a thorough inspection and internal examination must be carried out prior to recharging.
  • Test pressure and test date must be stamped clearly on each steel cylinder.
  • Composite cylinders will require a permanent marking or tag.
  • Test certificates must be provided and retained on board for inspection.

Annual Examination


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