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Emergency source of electrical power in

cargo ships Regulation 43


Subjects

See Note for details of amendments


1

General, location

Services to be supplied by the emergency source of


electrical power
2.1 and 2.4.4 amendments in force from 1 July 1986
2.3 and 2.4.2 amendments in force from 1 February

1992
2.2.7 amendments in force from 1 July 2002
3

Emergency generator/emergency accumulator battery


3.1.2 & 3.3 amendments in force from 1 October

1994
3.4 amendment in force from 1 July 1998
4

Transitional source
4.1 amendments in force from 1 February 1992

Emergency switchboard

Operating conditions

Periodic testing

1.1
A self-contained emergency source of electrical power shall be
provided.
1.2
The emergency source of electrical power, associated
transforming equipment, if any, transitional source of emergency
power, emergency switchboard and emergency lighting switchboard shall
be located above the uppermost continuous deck and shall be readily
accessible from the open deck. They shall not be located forward of
the collision bulkhead, except where permitted by the Administration
in exceptional circumstances.
1.3
The location of the emergency source of electrical power,
associated transforming equipment, if any, the transitional source of
emergency power, the emergency switchboard and the emergency lighting
switchboard in relation to the main source of electrical power,
associated transforming equipment, if any, and the main switchboard
shall be such as to ensure to the satisfaction of the Administration
that a fire or other casualty in the space containing the main source
of electrical power, associated transforming equipment, if any, and
the main switchboard, or in any machinery space of category A will
not interfere with the supply, control and distribution of emergency

electrical power. As far as practicable the space containing the


emergency source of electrical power, associated transforming
equipment, if any, the transitional source of emergency electrical
power and the emergency switchboard shall not be contiguous to the
boundaries of machinery spaces of category A or those spaces
containing the main source of electrical power, associated
transforming equipment, if any, and the main switchboard.
1.4
Provided that suitable measures are taken for safeguarding
independent emergency operation under all circumstances, the
emergency generator may be used, exceptionally, and for short
periods, to supply non-emergency circuits.
2
The electrical power available shall be sufficient to supply all
those services that are essential for safety in an emergency, due
regard being paid to such services as may have to be operated
simultaneously. The emergency source of electrical power shall be
capable, having regard to starting currents and the transitory nature
of certain loads, of supplying simultaneously at least the following
services for the periods specified hereinafter, if they depend upon
an electrical source for their operation:
2.1 For a period of 3 h, emergency lighting at every muster and
embarkation station and over the sides as required by regulations
III/11.4 and III/15.7.
2.2

For a period of 18 hours, emergency lighting:


.1
.2
.3
.4
.5
.6

.7

in all service and accommodation alleyways, stairways and


exits, personnel lift cars and personnel lift trunks;
in the machinery spaces and main generating stations
including their control positions;
in all control stations, machinery control rooms, and at
each main and emergency switchboard;
at all stowage positions for firemen's outfits;
at the steering gear;
at the fire pump referred to in paragraph 2.5, at the
sprinkler pump, if any, and at the emergency bilge pump, if
any, and at the starting positions of their motors; and
in all cargo pump-rooms of tankers constructed on or after
1 July 2002.

2.3 For a period of 18 hours:


.1

the navigation lights and other lights required by the


International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at
Sea in force;

.2

on ships constructed on or after 1 February 1995 the VHF


radio installation required by regulation IV/7.1.1 and
IV/7.1.2; and, if applicable:

.2.1

the MF radio installation required by regulations


IV/9.1.1, IV/9.1.2, IV/10.1.2, and IV/10.1.3;

.2.2

the ship earth station required by regulation


IV/10.1.1; and

.2.3

2.4

the MF/HF radio installation required by


regulations IV/10.2.1, IV/10.2.2 and IV/11.1

For a period of 18 hours:


.1
.2

.3
.4

all internal communication equipment as required in an


emergency;
the shipborne navigational equipment as required by
regulation V/12; where such provision is unreasonable or
impracticable the Administration may waive this
requirement for ships of less than 5,000 gross tonnage;
the fire detection and fire alarm system; and
intermittent operation of the daylight signalling lamp, the
ship's whistle, the manually operated call points, and
all internal signals that are required in an emergency;

unless such services have an independent supply for the period of 18


hours from an accumulator battery suitably located for use in an
emergency.
2.5
For a period of 18 hours one of the fire pumps required by
regulation II-2/4.3.1 and 4.3.3 if dependent upon the emergency
generator for its source of power.
2.6.1
For the period of time required by regulation 29.14 the
steering gear where it is required to be so supplied by that
Regulation.
2.6.2
In a ship engaged regularly in voyages of short duration, the
Administration if satisfied that an adequate standard of safety would
be attained may accept a lesser period than the 18 hour period
specified in paragraphs 2.2 to 2.5 but not less than 12 hours.
3
The emergency source of electrical power may be either a
generator or an accumulator battery, which shall comply with the
following:
3.1 Where the emergency source of electrical power is a generator,
it shall be:
.1 driven by a suitable prime-mover with an independent supply
of fuel, having a flashpoint (closed cup test) of not less than
43 degrees C;
.2 started automatically upon failure of the main source of
electrical power supply unless a transitional source of
emergency electrical power in accordance with paragraph 3.1.3
is provided; where the emergency generator is automatically
started, it shall be automatically connected to the emergency
switchboard; those services referred to in paragraph 4 shall
then be connected automatically to the emergency generator;
and unless a second independent means of starting the emergency
generating set is provided, the single source of stored energy
shall be protected to preclude its complete depletion by the
automatic starting system; and
.3 provided with a transitional source of emergency electrical
power as specified in paragraph 4 unless an emergency generator
is provided capable both of supplying the services mentioned in

that paragraph and of being automatically started and supplying


the required load as quickly as is safe and practicable subject
to a maximum of 45 seconds.
3.2 Where the emergency source of electrical power is an accumulator
battery it shall be capable of:
.1 carrying the emergency electrical load without recharging
while maintaining the voltage of the battery throughout the
discharge period within 12 percent above or below its nominal
voltage;
.2 automatically connecting to the emergency switchboard in
the event of failure of the main source of electrical power;
and
.3 immediately supplying at least those services specified in
paragraph 4.
3.3 The following provision in paragraph 3.1.2 shall not apply
to ships constructed on or after 1 October 1994:
Unless a second independent means of starting the emergency
generating set is provided, the single source of stored energy
shall be protected to preclude its complete depletion by the
automatic starting system.
4
The transitional source of emergency electrical power where
required by paragraph 3.1.3 shall consist of an accumulator battery
suitably located for use in an emergency which shall operate without
recharging while maintaining the voltage of the battery throughout
the discharge period within 12 percent above or below its nominal
voltage and be of sufficient capacity and shall be so arranged as to
supply automatically in the event of failure of either the main or
the emergency source of electrical power for half an hour at least
the following services if they depend upon an electrical source for
their operation:
.1 the lighting required by paragraphs 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3.1. For
this transitional phase, the required emergency electric
lighting, in respect of the machinery space and accommodation
and service spaces may be provided by permanently fixed,
individual, automatically charged, relay operated accumulator
lamps; and
.2 all services required by paragraphs 2.4.1, 2.4.3 and 2.4.4
unless such services have an independent supply for the period
specified from an accumulator battery suitably located for use
in an emergency.
5.1
The emergency switchboard shall be installed as near as is
practicable to the emergency source of electrical power.
5.2
Where the emergency source of electrical power is a generator,
the emergency switchboard shall be located in the same space unless
the operation of the emergency switchboard would thereby be impaired.
5.3
No accumulator battery fitted in accordance with this
regulation shall be installed in the same space as the emergency
switchboard. An indicator shall be mounted in a suitable place on
the main switchboard or in the machinery control room to indicate
when the batteries constituting either the energy source of
electrical power or the transitional source of electrical power

referred to in paragraph 3.2 or 4 are being discharged.


5.4
The emergency switchboard shall be supplied during normal
operation from the main switchboard by an interconnector feeder which
is to be adequately protected at the main switchboard against
overload and short circuit and which is to be disconnected
automatically at the emergency switchboard upon failure of the main
source of electrical power. Where the system is arranged for
feedback operation, the interconnector feeder is also to be protected
at the emergency switchboard at least against short circuit.
5.5
In order to ensure ready availability of the emergency source
of electrical power, arrangements shall be made where necessary to
disconnect automatically non-emergency circuits from the emergency
switchboard to ensure that electrical power shall be available
automatically to the emergency circuits.
6
The emergency generator and its prime-mover and any emergency
accumulator battery shall be so designed and arranged as to ensure
that they will function at full rated power when the ship is upright
and when inclined at any angle of list up to 22.5 degrees or when
inclined up to 10 degrees either in the fore or aft direction, or is
in any combination of angles within those limits.
7
Provision shall be made for the periodic testing of the complete
emergency system and shall include the testing of automatic starting
arrangements.

Guide
43.1
---1.3 For definition of "machinery space of category A", see reg. II-2/3.
From the Annex to MSC/Circ.736, dated 21 June 1996, "INTERPRETATIONS OF
VAGUE EXPRESSIONS IN SOLAS CHAPTER II-1", the following is quoted:
Regulation 43 - Emergency source of electrical power in cargo ships
Paragraph 1.3
The location of the emergency source of electrical power and
associated transforming equipment, if any, and the main switchboard
shall be such as to ensure that a fire or other casualty in spaces
containing the main source of electrical power, associated
transforming equipment, if any, and the main switchboard or in any
machinery space of category A will not interfere with the supply,
control and distribution of emergency electrical power. As far as
practicable, the space containing the emergency source of electrical
power, associated transforming equipment, if any, the transitional
source of emergency power and the emergency switchboard shall not be
contiguous to the boundaries of machinery spaces of category A or
those spaces containing the main source of electrical power,
associated transforming equipment, if any, or the main switchboard.

*
1.4 For the purpose of starting from dead ship condition, see
regulation 41.1.4.
*
IACS Unified Interpretation SC3 (1985) (Rev.1 May 1999)
Emergency source of electrical power
(Chapter II-1, Regulation 42.1.4 & 43.1.4)
Interpretations
Exceptionally, whilst the vessel is at sea, is understood to mean
conditions such as
1.
blackout situation
2.
dead-ship situation
3.
routine use for testing
4.
short-term parallel operation with the main source of
electrical power for the purpose of load transfer
Unless instructed otherwise by the Administration, the emergency
generator may be used during lay time in port for the supply of the
ship mains, provided the requirements of UI SC152 are complied with.
Note:

Rev.1 of UI SC3 is to be uniformly implemented by IACS


Members and Associates from 1 January 2000

(Previous version of IACS UI SC3(1985):


Exceptionally
1.
2.
3.

is understood to mean conditions such as:


blackout situation
dead-ship situation
routine use for testing.)
*

43.1, continued
--------------IACS Unified Interpretation SC152 (May 1999)
Use of emergency generator in port
(Chapter II-1, Regulations 42.1.4 and 43.1.4)
Interpretations
1. General
Unless instructed otherwise by the Administration the emergency
generator may be used during lay time in port for the supply of the
ship mains, provided the requirements as per items 2 and 3 below are
complied with.
2. Requirements

2.1 To prevent the generator or its prime mover from becoming


overloaded when used in port, arrangements are to be provided to
shed sufficient non-emergency loads to ensure its continued safe
operation.
2.2 The prime mover is to be arranged with fuel oil filters and
lubrication oil filters, monitoring equipment and protection devices
as required for the prime mover for main power generation and for
unattended operation.
2.3 The fuel oil supply tank to the prime mover is to be provided
with a low level alarm, arranged at a level ensuring sufficient fuel
oil capacity for the emergency services for the period of time as
required by SOLAS.
2.4 The prime mover is to be designed and built for continuous
operation and should be subjected to a planned maintenance scheme
ensuring that it is always available and capable of fulfilling its
role in the event of an emergency at sea.
2.5 Fire detectors are to be installed in the location where the
emergency generator set and emergency switchboard are installed.
2.6 Means are to be provided to readily change over to emergency
operation.
2.7 Control, monitoring and supply circuits, for the purpose of the
use of the emergency generator in port are to be so arranged and
protected that any electrical fault will not influence the operation
of the main and emergency services.
When necessary for safe operation, the emergency switchboard is to
be fitted with switches to isolate the circuits.
3. Operation
Instructions* are to be provided on board to ensure that when the
vessel is under way all control devices (e.g. valves, switches) are
in a correct position for the independent emergency operation of the
emergency generator set and emergency switchboard.
*

Note:

These instructions are also to contain information on required


fuel oil tank level, position of harbour/sea mode switch if
fitted, ventilation openings etc.
This UI SC152 is to be uniformly implemented by IACS
Members and Associates from 1 January 2000.

----------------------------43.2
---2.4.1
IACS unified interpretation SC4 (1985):
Internal communication equipment required in an emergency is
generally:
1. The means of communication which is provided between the
navigating bridge and the steering gear compartment.

2. The means of communication which is provided between the


navigating bridge and the position in the machinery space or
control room from which the engines are normally controlled.
3. The means of communication which is provided between the bridge
and the radio telegraph or radio telephone stations.
IACS Unified Interpretation SC72 (Rev. 1 Nov. 2005)
In a ship engaged regularly in voyages of short duration
(Chapter II-1, Regulation 42.2.7, 43.2.6.2 [1981])
Dispensation to the reduced period of availability of the emergency
source of power can be given to:
1 Vessels with a class notation "Coastal Service"
2 Vessels engaged in voyages where the route is no greater
than 20 nautical miles offshore.
----------------------------43.3
---In MSC/Circ.1176 of 25 May 2005, the following unified interpretation
was made to this regulation:

SOLAS REGULATIONS II-1/42 AND II-1/43 - EMERGENCY SOURCE OF


ELECTRICAL POWER IN PASSENGER AND CARGO SHIPS

Interpretation
1
"Blackout" as used in regulations II-1/42.3.4 and
II-1/43.3.4 should be understood to mean a "deadship" condition
initiating event.
2
"Deadship" condition, for the purpose of regulations
II-1/42.3.4 and II-1/43.3.4, should be understood to mean a
condition under which the main propulsion plant, boilers and
auxiliaries are not in operation and in restoring the propulsion,
no stored energy for starting the propulsion plant, the main
source of electrical power and other essential auxiliaries should
be assumed available. It is assumed that means are available to
start the emergency generator at all times.
3
Emergency generator stored starting energy is not to be
directly used for starting the propulsion plant, the main source
of electrical power and/or other essential auxiliaries (emergency
generator excluded).
4
For steam ships, the 30 minute time limit given in SOLAS can
be interpreted as time from blackout defined above to light-off
of the first boiler.
5

Exceptionally is understood to mean conditions such as:


.1

black-out situation;

.2

dead-ship situation;

.3

routine use for testing;

.4

short-term parallel operation with the main source of


electrical power for the purpose of load transfer; and

.5

use of the emergency generator during lay time in port


for the supply of the ship main switchboard, provided
the requirements of 6 (Suitable measures for the
exceptional use of the emergency generator for
power-supply of non-emergency circuits in port) are
achieved and unless instructed otherwise by the
Administration.

6
Suitable measures for the exceptional use of the emergency
generator for power-supply of non-emergency circuits in port:
.1

To prevent the generator or its prime mover from


becoming overloaded when used in port, arrangements
should be provided to shed sufficient non-emergency
loads to ensure its continued safe operation.

.2

The prime mover should be arranged with fuel oil


filters and lubrication oil filters, monitoring
equipment and protection devices as required for the
prime mover for main power generation and for
unattended operation.

.3

The fuel
provided
ensuring
services

.4

The prime mover should be designed and built for


continuous operation and should be subjected to a
planned maintenance scheme ensuring that it is always
available and capable of fulfilling its role in the
event of an emergency at sea.

.5

Fire detectors should be installed in the location


where the emergency generator set and emergency
switchboard are installed.

.6

Means should be provided to readily change over to


emergency operation.

.7

Control, monitoring and supply circuits, for the


purpose of the use of emergency generator in port
should be so arranged and protected that any electrical
fault will not influence the operation of the main and
emergency services.

.8

When necessary for safe operation, the emergency


switchboard should be fitted with switches to isolate
the circuits.

.9

Instructions should be provided on board to ensure that

oil supply tank to the prime mover should be


with a low level alarm, arranged at a level
sufficient fuel oil capacity for the emergency
for the period of time as required by SOLAS.

when the vessel is under way all control devices (e.g.


valves, switches) are in a correct position for the
independent emergency operation of the emergency
generator set and emergency switchboard."
*
43.3, continued
--------------IACS Unified Interpretation SC124 (May 1999) (Rev.1 June 2002)
Emergency Source of Power in Passenger and Cargo Ships
Regulation II-1/42.3.4 and II-1/43.3.4
SOLAS Regulations II-1/42 and II-1/43 address emergency source of
electrical power in passenger ships and cargo ships respectively.
Interpretation:
"Blackout" as used in Regulation II-1/42.3.4 and II-1/43.3.4 is to be
understood to mean a "deadship" condition.
"Deadship" condition, for the purpose of Regulation II-1/42.3.4 and II1/43.3.4, is to be understood to mean a condition under which the main
propulsion plant, boilers and auxiliaries are not in operation and in
restoring the propulsion, no stored energy for starting the propulsion
plant, the main source of electrical power and other essential
auxilaries
is to be assumed available. It is assumed that means are available to
start the emergency generator at all times.
The emergency generator and other means needed to restore the
propulsion are to have a capacity such that the necessary propulsion
starting energy is available within 30 minutes of blackout/dead ship
condition as defined above. Emergency generator stored starting
energy is not to be directly used for starting the propulsion plant,
the main source of electrical power and/or other essential
auxiliaries (emergency generator excluded).
For steam ships, the 30 minute time limit given in SOLAS can be
interpreted as time from blackout/ dead ship condition defined above
to light-off of the first boiler.
Note: 1.
2.

This UI SC124 is to be uniformly implemented by IACS


Members and Associates for ships contracted for
Changes introduced in Rev.1 are to be uniformly implemented

by
IACS Members and Associates from 1 January 2003.
construction on or after 1 September 1999.
----------------------------43.6 & 43.7
----------6

IACS unified interpretation SC6 (1985):


Attention is drawn to the following additional requirements:

1.
2.

IMO Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying


Liquified Gases in Bulk, (IGC) clause 2.9.2.2.
IMO Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying
Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk, (IBC) clause 2.9.3.2.

Note
43.2
---Paragraph 2.2.7 was added by res. MSC.99(73) adopted December 2000.
In force from 1 July 2002.
*
Paragraphs 2.3 and 2.4.2 were amended by the GMDSS (November)
1988 Amendments in force from 1 February 1992.
Previous text:
"2.3
For a period of 18 hours, the navigation lights and other
lights required by the International Regulations for Preventing
Collisions at Sea in force.
2.4
.1
.2

For a period of 18 hours:


...;
the navigational aids as required by regulation V/12; where
such provision is unreasonable or impracticable the
Administration may waive this requirement for ships of less
than 5,000 gross tonnage;
.....
*

With the 1983 SOLAS Amendments (in force from 1 July 1986) the
following
amendments apply:
Paragraph 2.1 was amended from:
"2.1
For a period of 3 hours, emergency lighting at every
embarkation station on deck and over sides as required by Regulations
III/19 and III/38."
In paragraph 2.4.4, line 2 "manual fire alarm" was replaced by
"manually operated call points".
----------------------------43.3
---Paragraph 3.3 was adopted by RESOLUTION MSC.27(61) on 11 December
1992. (Entered into force on 1 October 1994).
The following text of reg. 43.3.1.2 was removed :
"unless a second independent means of starting the emergency
generating set is provided, the single source of stored energy

shall be protected to preclude its complete depletion by the


automatic starting system."
*
Paragraph 3.4 was added by the 1996 (December) amendments adopted
by res. MSC.57(67) in force from 1 July 1998.
----------------------------43.4
---The reference in Regulation 43.4.1 was amended from "2.1, 2.2 and 2.3"
to "2.1, 2.2 and 2.3.1" by the GMDSS (November) 1988 Amendments
(in force from 1 February 1992).
----------------------------General for reg. 43:
Chapter II-1 was entirely revised by the 1981
SOLAS Amendments (in force from 1 September 1984) and includes IMO
Resolutions A.323(IX), A.324(IX) and A.325(IX).

Flag State Requirements


(Flag and port state requirements are included for
information only. No guarantee is given as to their
accuracy or timeliness.)
NETHERLANDS:
paragraph:
2.2.8
in galleys, dining-rooms and other public spaces; and
2.2.9
at the location where the fixed fire-extinguishing system
is operated.
2.5 ..., and the pump of the fixed pressure waterspraying fireextinguishing system referred to in regulation II-2/10.6, if
such a waterspraying system has been installed and the pump
depends on the power supplied by the emergency generator.
*
NETHERLANDS, ref.Information from the Dutch Maritime Administration in
letter dated 9 September 1997 (ref. DGG\V-97007549):
1.1

A cargo vessel of less than 500 gross tonnage shall be provided


with an emergency source of electric power which is independent of
the main propulsion plant and the main source of electric power.

1.2

The emergency source of electric power, associated transforming equipment, the emergency switchboard and the emergency

lighting switchboard shall be located outside the boundary of


machinery spaces of category A and outside the spaces
containing the main source of electric power, associated
transforming equipment, if any, or the main switch board.
The supply, control and distribution of the emergency source
of electric power shall not be interfered by a fire or other
casualty in the above-mentioned spaces.
2.

The emergency source of electric power may be either a


generator or an accumulator which shall comply with the
following:

2.1

where the emergency source of electric power is a generator,


it shall be driven directly by a suitable prime mover with an
independent supply of fuel having a flashpoint of not less
than 43 degrees C;

2.2

where the emergency source of electrical power is an accumulator


battery, it shall be capable of:

2.2.1

carrying the emergency electrical load without recharging


while maintaining the voltage of the battery throughout
the discharge period within 12% above or below its
nominal voltage;

2.2.2

automatically connecting to the emergency switch-board in


the event of failure of the main source of electrical
power; and

2.2.3

immediately supplying at least those services specified


in paragraph 3.

3.

The electrical power from the emergency source of electrical


power shall, due regard being paid to such services as may
have to be operated simultaneously, be sufficient to supply
power to all the services that are important to the safety in
an emergency, at least including:

3.1

for a period of 3 hr: emergency lighting at every muster and


embarkation station and over the sides as required by
regulations III/11.4 and III/15.7;

3.2

for a period of 6 hr: emergency lighting at places referred to


in article 43, paragraph 2.2, and the installation referred to
in article 43, paragraph 2.3, the intermittent operation of
the daylight signalling lamp, the means for giving sound
signals, when operated electrically, the general alarm
installation referred to in regulation III/6.4.2, and the
direct vocal communication referred to in the articles 29 and
37, if not provided with a separate source of power;

3.3

the fire detection and fire alarm system, if required and not
provided with a separate source of power, the alarm for the
fixed fire extinguishing installation with gas as a medium,
referred to in regulation II-2/5, and the pump of the fixed
pressure water-spraying fire-extinguishing system in machinery
spaces, referred to in regulation II-2/10.6, if such a water-

spraying system has been installed and the drive of the pump
depends upon the power supplied by the emergency generator.
4.

the emergency generator and


accumulator battery and the
the requirements of article
including 5.5 and paragraph

its prime mover or the emergency


emergency switchboard shall meet
43, paragraph 5.1 up to and
6.

5.

Provision shall be made for the periodic testing of the


complete emergency system.