The lifeboats are stored on the boat davits on both sides of the ship. In case of emergency, the crew can board the lifeboat and escaped with the lifeboat directly from its stowage position.
The launching appliance consists of a boat davit (davit arm, frame, platform, falls, suspension block, and gripes/lashing device) and a boat winch (reduction gears, hand brake and centrifugal brake).
Swinging out and lowering of the lifeboat can be controlled both from the inside of the lifeboat and at the ship’s deck. The lowering speed of the lifeboat can be controlled by operating the remote control wire inside the lifeboat or by operating the remote control lever on the ship’s deck. Moreover, it is possible to suspend the lowering operation of the lifeboat at any height.
Recovery of the lifeboat is performed by operating the boat winch with the push-button switch box. When the davit arm reaches a prescribed position, the boat winch is automatically stopped by the limit switch. After the activation of the limit switch, the boat winch is operated manually to wind up the lifeboat to its stowage position. The boat winch is provided with a safety device to prevent the reverse operation of the manual handle.
The lifeboat is equipped with on-load/off-load release gear which complies with the requirements of the IMO Life-Saving Appliance (LSA) Code. The release gear system is equipped with a hydrostatic interlock system so that it will normally not release the hooks until the boat is waterborne.
To avoid possible injury or death, read this manual carefully before using the boat davit, the boat winch, and the on-load/off-load release gear.