[B]Reference is made to the revised LSA Code, applicable from 1 January 2012, where the person weight for the design and testing of liferafts has been increased from 75 to 82.5 kg.[/B]
Until further notice, the following preliminary IACS position shall be DNV practice:
[li]All ships constructed (keel laid) on or after 1 January 2012 should carry liferafts approved on the basis of an average person mass of occupants of 82.5kg. The SWL of any davits installed for launching these liferafts should be approved on the basis of an average person mass of occupants of 82.5kg.[/li]
[li]All ships constructed before 1 January 2012 may continue to use inflatable liferafts approved on the basis of an average person mass of occupants of 75kg unless such rafts are “replaced”. [/li]
Replaced liferafts do not include rafts which are “exchanged” for servicing, in cases where Owners have made arrangements with service firms to exchange such liferafts. As such, “82.5kg inflatable liferafts” are only required when “75kg inflatable liferafts” are “replaced” due to damage, upgrade of equipment, etc.
[li]On passenger ships constructed before 1 January 2012, MSC.1/Circ.1347 permits the determination of the required SWL of a liferaft launching appliance to continue to be based on an assumed occupant mass of 75kg, even though the liferaft has been tested to a higher weight standard. The installation and periodic “lowering test” should also continue to be based on an assumed occupant mass of 75kg. [/li]
[*]On cargo ships constructed before 1 January 2012, any liferaft launching appliance should be based on the occupant mass stated on the liferafts it will handle. If the SWL of the launching appliance will be exceeded (even temporarily) through the liferaft having been approved to a higher weight standard then it will be necessary for the davit to be reapproved, modified or replaced to achieve the required SWL, or the Flag Administration should be contacted for guidance.