All ships must carry certain emergency and life-saving equipment. This equipment must meet minimum standards and must be properly tested and serviced.

There are different requirements depending on the size and type of ship and where it operates.

Emergency and life-saving equipment include things like:

  • lifeboats and liferafts
  • lifebuoys
  • lifejackets and attachments
  • buoyancy apparatus
  • emergency alarm systems and public address systems
  • marine evacuation systems
  • two-way VHF radiotelephone sets
  • fire-fighting equipment