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Lifeboat/Rescue Boat Simulation Print E-mail

STCW sets the requirements for initial and refresher training while SOLAS sets the requirements for on-board drills.  Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Code outlines the minimum standard competence for seafarers in the operation of survival craft and rescue boats. Launching and operating lifeboats in the event of an emergency is a safety critical competence. The lifeboat simulation module is a part of the simulation module series developed for a 53000 DWT bulk carrier (ship simulator).

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To provide a training system in order to enhance understanding of the operation of the lifeboats, (based on requirements of STCW A-VI/2-1) for enclosed rigid lifeboats / rescue boats and to provide sufficient cues for the student to recognize the situation and to take appropriate actions for:

  • Prepare lifeboat for launch.

  • Launch the lifeboat.

  • Start and operate the lifeboat engine.

  • Navigate the lifeboat.

  • Recover lifeboat.


  • Real time behaviour

  • Realistic appearance of L/B equipment, aids to navigation, and seakeeping performance.

  • Real time troubleshooting events.

  • Build-in scenarios

  • Real time troubleshooting events 

Technical description of the lifeboat model Type:

Totally Enclosed Rigid Lifeboat with inboard diesel engine.


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Lifting Arrangement / Launching mechanism:

L/B is equipped with hooks fore and aft. The hooks will be released simultaneously through the flexible cables controlled from the helmsman’s position. Hooks can be released either, when the boat is waterborne or when there is no load on the hooks. Launching arrangements can be controlled from inside the boat with lead wires. The boat can be launched by pulling the remote control wire after all crew have embarked.


Engine, fuel and steering:

Power:30 hp

Fuel consumption:7.8 L/H

Fuel capacity:180 ltr

Starting method:Electric starting

Transmission:Disengageable shaft coupling


Instrument panel:

Electric start/stop

Power indicator

High cooling temperature alarm

Low oil pressure alarm


The speed of the engine and the control of ahead and astern are all controlled through by the helmsman from the helmsman’s position.



The fuel tank capacity is sufficient to run the fully loaded lifeboat at 6 knots for a period determined by each simulation scenario.


Steering system:

By a wheel from the helmsman’s position. 


Electrical Equipment

Battery control switch.

Position indicating light.


Illumination control switch.



Painter hook operated from inside lifeboat.

Fore / Aft hatch.

Side embarkation hatch (P/S).

Symbols of life-saving appliances are provided around the lifeboat sitting area & helmsman’s position.