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SOLAS Rescue Boats

Rapid response rescue boats for emergency situations, and which meet the demanding SOLAS standards

What is a SOLAS-approved rescue boat?

It’s a type of boat specifically designed and built to meet the safety and rescue requirements set forth by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). SOLAS is an international maritime treaty which sets minimum safety standards in the construction, equipment, and operation of merchant ships. The regulations are developed and maintained by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a specialised agency of the United Nations.

SOLAS-approved rescue boats are equipped to perform search and rescue operations at sea, and must comply with specific criteria regarding construction, stability, equipment, and the ability to perform in challenging conditions. These boats are designed to be launched quickly and are capable of carrying out rescue operations in rough weather and sea conditions. They are usually equipped with features such as self-righting capability, a minimum speed requirement, and enough space to accommodate both crew and survivors.

Key characteristics of SOLAS-approved rescue boats

Construction and material

Built to withstand harsh marine environments and heavy impacts. They are typically made of materials like fiberglass, which offers durability and resistance to corrosion.

Safety equipment

Includes necessary safety equipment, often including lifejackets, first aid kits, and sometimes navigation and signaling equipment to ensure effective rescue operations.


Designed to carry a specific number of persons, which can vary depending on the boat’s size and design. The capacity is determined to ensure the survival of individuals during rescue operations.

Manoeuverability and speed

Capable of high-speed operation and quick manoeuvering to facilitate rapid response to emergency situations.

Launch and recovery systems

Typically equipped with launch and recovery systems that allow for safe and efficient launching and retrieving of the boat, even in adverse weather conditions.

Self-righting capability

Many SOLAS-approved rescue boats have the ability to right themselves if they capsize, which is crucial for operations in rough sea conditions.

Inspection and certification

To be SOLAS-approved, rescue boats must undergo rigorous testing and inspection to ensure they meet all the required safety standards. They are certified by recognised organisations that verify compliance with SOLAS requirements.

SOLAS-approved rescue boats are essential components of the safety equipment on board ships and are critical for ensuring the safety and survival of individuals in maritime emergencies.



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