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Difference Between Liferaft "SOALS A" and "SOLAS B" Pack

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All inflatable life rafts have an emergency pack which according to SOLAS requirement, there are SOLAS A and B two type. Here we will learn the difference between SOLAS A and B.


1.Life rafts: Standards of equipment

Life Raft Construction

  • Insulating double wall canopy
  • Insulating Heat Sealed Inflatable Floor
  • Painter/Static Line (Length, 130 ft.)
  • CO2 Inflation System
  • Painter/Static Line Attachment Point
    (1700 lbs. test) (6-10 Person Capacity)
  • Righting Strap
  • Lifelines (Inner)
  • Lifelines (Outer)
  • Exterior Locator Light
  • Interior Light
  • Pressure Relief Valves
  • Large Rectangular Ballast Pockets
  • Retro-Reflective Tape
  • Boarding Ladder
  • Boarding Handholds
  • Static Line Weak Link
  • Canopy Support Arches
  • Sealed Buoyancy Chambers
  • Approved Hydrostatic Release
  • Manual Topping Off Valves
  • Double Layer Storm Doors
  • Fiberglass/Fabric Container
  • Pressure Relief Valve Plugs

Life Raft Equipment

  • Sea Anchor(Automatically Deployed)
  • Floating/Heaving Line (Length 100 ft.)
  • Rain Water Collector
  • Floating Knife
  • Waterproof Equipment Bag
  • Raft Use Instructions
  • Individual Thermal Protective Aids (2 ea.)
  • Paddles
  • Manual Inflation/Bilge Pump
  • Repair Clamps (6 ea.)
  • Adhesive & Patch Repair Kit

Additional equipment required to bring life-raft to SOLAS approved standard. SOLAS A is more comprehensive than SAOLA B!

SOLAS “B” EQUIPMENT:   (in addition to all standard equipment described above)

  • Waterproof Flashlight
  • Spare Flashlight Bulb
  • Spare Flashlight “D” Cell Batteries (3 ea.)
  • Sponges (2 ea.)
  • Bailer
  • SOLAS Parachute Distress Signals (2 ea.)
  • SOLAS Red Handheld Distress Signals (2 ea.)
  • SOLAS Smoke Signal
  • Seasick Bags (1 Per Person)
  • Water Storage Bag
  • Thermal Protective Aid
  • Signal Mirror
  • First Aid Kit
  • Signaling Whistle
  • Anti-Seasickness Pills (6 Per Person)
  • Spare Sea Anchor

SOLAS “A” EQUIPMENT:  (in addition to all standard and SOLAS B equipment described above)

  • Graduated Drinking Cup
  • Drinking Water (6-20 Person Capacity – 1½ Liters Per Person)
  • Food Ration (10 Kilo-Joules Per Person)
  • Can Opener
  • Fishing Kit
  • SOLAS Parachute Distress Signals (2 Add’l, 4 total)
  • SOLAS Red Handheld Distress Signals (2 Add’l, 4 total))
  • SOLAS Smoke Signal (1 Add’l, 2 total)


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