(1) The deckhouses used for the accommodation
of the crew shall be constructed to an acceptable level of strength.
(2) Guard rails or bulwarks shall be fitted around
all exposed decks. The height of the bulwarks or guard rails shall
be at least 1 m from the deck, provided that where this height would
interfere with the normal operation of the ship, a lesser height may
be approved, if the Administration is satisfied that adequate protection
(3) Guard rails fitted on superstructure and freeboard
decks shall have at least three courses. The opening below the lowest
course of the guard rails shall not exceed 230 mm. The other courses
shall be not more than 380 mm apart. In the case of ships with rounded
gunwales the guard rail supports shall be placed on the flat of the
deck. In other locations, guardrails with at least two courses shall
be fitted. Guard rails shall comply with the following provisions:
(a) fixed, removable or hinged stanchions shall
be fitted about 1.5 m apart. Removable or hinged stanchions shall
be capable of being locked in the upright position;
(b) at least every third stanchion shall be supported
by a bracket or stay;
(c) where necessary for the normal operation of
the ship, steel wire ropes may be accepted in lieu of guard rails.
Wires shall be made taut by means of turnbuckles; and
(d) where necessary for the normal operation of
the ship, chains fitted between two fixed stanchions and/or bulwarks
are acceptable in lieu of guard rails.
(4) Satisfactory means for safe passage required
by regulation 25-1 (in the form of guard
rails, lifelines, gangways or underdeck passages, etc.) shall be provided
for the protection of the crew in getting to and from their quarters,
the machinery space and any other spaces used in the essential operation
of the ship.
(5) Deck cargo carried on any ship shall be so
stowed that any opening which is in way of the cargo and which gives
access to and from the crew’s quarters, the machinery space
and all other parts used in the essential operation of the ship can
be closed and secured against water ingress. Protection for the crew
in the form of guard rails or lifelines shall be provided above the
deck cargo if there is no convenient passage on or below the deck
of the ship.