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ROSR is the abbreviation of the Regulations for the Research Ships on the Rhine, 1995 and the regulations are generally known as the abbreviation. The regulations lay down the technical requirements for inland waterways and seagoing vessels to sail in the Rhine River.


The rules apply to:

• ships of 20 meters in length or more;
• ships whose volume, calculated from the product L x B x T, 100 m³ or more;
• on all tugs and pusher boats intended for dragging, pushing or longitudinal coupling of ships or floating gear;
• on all ships that have a certificate of approval as provided for in the ADN;
• on all passenger ships;
• on all floating tools.

The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCR) shall adopt the rules.
The CCR has its seat in Strasbourg.

MED 96/98 / EC (IMO)

The Marine Equipment Directive 96/98 / EC (MED 96/98 / EC) is the requirements for professional shipping laid down by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). These requirements apply to all new ships and to all existing ships not yet equipped with approved equipment.

The MED 96/98 / EC applies to the following components of the ship's equipment:

• rescue equipment;
• pollution prevention;
• fire protection;
• navigation equipment;
• radio communication equipment.


The MED 96/98 / EC refers to EU requirements for transport and international maritime conventions (IMO, SOLAS) and international standards (IEC, ISO). Equipment approved is marked with conformity, a steering wheel.

Life jacket

ROSR - Article 10.05, subsection 2-3 - Lifeboats and Lifejackets

2. On board vessels, a person who is regularly on board shall have a personal life-saving life-saving life jacket that conforms to European Standard EN 395: 1998, EN 396: 1998, EN ISO 12402-3: 2006 or EN ISO 12402-4: 2006 are at your fingertips. Children are also allowed to use hard life jackets that comply with these standards.
3. Life jackets must be tested according to the manufacturer's instructions.


Inside Ships Decision Equipment - Article 7.05, paragraphs 3-4 - Lifeboats and Lifejackets

3. A life jacket must be present on a ship for every person who is regularly on board.
4. Life jackets must comply with the rules for life jackets with regard to carrying capacity, material and color. They must be of a type approved by the inspector-general. Inflatable life jackets must be able to be inflated automatically by hand and by mouth.


As of 1 December 2011:


6. The crew members and the other persons on board shall carry life jackets in accordance with Article 10.05, second paragraph, of the Rhine Research Regulations:
(a) when boarding or aboard, in so far as there is a danger of falling into the water;
b) when staying in the boat;
(c) in the case of off-board work or;
(d) during stay and work on deck and in the gangway, if offsets of at least 90 cm height are not present or rails as referred to in paragraph 5 are not continuously placed.


The outboard work may only be carried out on silent ships and, if any other shipping is not expected to be a danger,


ROSR - Article 10.05, paragraph 1 - Lifeboats and Lifejackets

1. At least three lifeboats shall be present on board vessels which:
• to the European Standard EN 14 144: 2003 or;
• Section 2.1 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (Solas 1974), Chapter III, Rule 7.1, and the International Code on Rescue Equipment (LSA) 1974.

They must be on deck in ready-to-use condition on fixed and suitable places and must not be secured to the holders. At least one lifebuoy must be in the immediate vicinity of the wheelhouse and it must be equipped with an auto-igniting light, powered by batteries that can not go out in the water.

Inside Ships Decision Equipment - Article 7.05, paragraphs 1-2 - Lifeboats and life jackets

1. At least three rescue boats must be present on a ship. They must be on deck in suitable condition at suitable places. They must not be attached to the ship. Motorboats with a length of less than 40 m can be filled with two lifebuoys. At least one lifeboat must be provided with a length of sufficient length.
2. Lifeboats must comply with the following rules:
(a) the load capacity in fresh water must be at least 7,5 kg;
b) they must be made of suitable material and resistant to oil, oil products and temperatures up to 50 ° C;
c) they must be clearly visible due to their color in the water;
(d) the own weight must be at least 2,5 kg;
(e) the internal diameter must be at least 45 cm and not more than 50 cm;
f) they must be provided with a rounded grid line;
(g) they must be of a type approved by the inspector-general.


SOLAS describes the requirements for seagoing ships and provides for the protection of human life at sea. The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is an international treaty that was established in 1914. The reason for this was the disaster with the Titanic in 1912.

In 1948, the participating Member States of the United Nations decided to set up an organization specializing in maritime safety, the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Since 1954, SOLAS falls under the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Monitoring compliance with SOLAS lies with IMO, although it is increasingly being outsourced to classification agencies.

50N Driving Tool (ISO 12402-5)

No life jacket!
For practiced swimmers at short distance from the shore and near any helpers.
Not safe with unconsciousness.

100N Life Vest (ISO 12402-4)

For users on inland water and on sheltered waters.
Limited safe when unconscious (clothing dependent).

150N Life Vest (ISO 12402-3)

For use on all inland waterways, open water or coastal waters.
Limited safe when wearing heavy and / or waterproof clothing.

275N Life Vest (ISO 12402-2)

For users on high seas with extremely difficult conditions.
In almost all cases safe with unconsciousness, including heavy and / or waterproof clothing.

Lifeboat Navy (SOLAS - MED 96/98 / EC)

Minimum according to SOLAS standards.

Block vest: 175N buoyancy.
Automatic inflatable life jacket: 275N buoyancy.

These vests are suitable for users on high seas in extremely difficult conditions.
Use in unconsciousness, even with heavy clothing, is safe in almost all cases.

Rescue fleet

Rescue fleet regulations have expired, but they are still being manufactured to these rules (ROSR 1995 Article 15.09, paragraph 6):

ROSR 1995 - Art. 15.09, paragraph 6 - Additional common rescue equipment

6. Additional common rescue equipment are equipment that allows floating people to keep floating. They have to:
(a) have a caption showing the destination and the number of persons for whom they are suitable;
b) have buoyancy in fresh water of at least 100 N per person;
(c) suitable materials are manufactured and resistant to oil and oil-derived products as well as temperatures up to 50 ° C;
d) able to occupy and maintain a stable location and be provided with appropriate means to hold on to the indicated number of persons;
e) have a fluorescent orange color or have permanently applied fluorescent faces on all sides of at least 100 cm²; and
f) From the place where they are set up, one person can be put on board quickly or safely or float overboard.

Fire extinguishers

ROSR - Article 10.03 - Portable Extinguishers

1. In each of the following places, one portable extinguisher must always be in accordance with the European Standard EN 3: 1996:
a. in the wheelhouse;
b. in the vicinity of any access from the deck to the accommodations;
c. in the vicinity of any access to non-residential premises from accessible premises containing heating, boilers or refrigeration plants operating on solid or liquid fuels or liquefied gas;
d. with every access to engine rooms or boiler rooms;
e. at a suitable location below the engine chambers when the engine power is in total more than 100 kW.

2. Only portable extinguishers with a capacity of at least 6 kg or other portable extinguishers with the same capacity shall be used as portable extinguishers as prescribed in the first paragraph. They must be suitable for fire classes A, B and C as well as for extinguishing fires in electrical installations up to 1000 V.

3. In addition, powder extinguishers, liquid or extinguisher extinguishers may be used if they are at least suitable for that fire class, which is most likely to be relevant in the room for which the device is intended.

4. Portable extinguishers that contain CO2 as extinguishing media may be used only for extinguishing fires in kitchens and electrical appliances. The contents of these extinguishers must not exceed 1 kg for every 15 m³ of the space in which they are stored and used.

5. Portable extinguishers must be inspected at least every two years. A statement must be issued, signed by the person who has carried out the inspection, indicating the date of the inspection.

6. Where wearable extinguishers have been withdrawn from the face of their installation, the cover or shield shall be marked with a sign "fire extinguisher" with a length of at least 10 cm in length, in accordance with sketch 3 of Annex I.

New regulations for all fire extinguishers as of January 1, 2001: NEN 2559

Every year: regular inspection (for shipping every 2 years)
After 5 years: extensive research, complete disassembly
After 10 years: overall revision
After 15 years: extensive research, complete disassembly
After 20 years: disapproved
Other Equipment

ROSR - Article 10.02 - Other equipment

1. The equipment referred to in the Rhineland Police Regulations must at least be present:
a. phonephony installation;
b. devices and installations necessary for the provision of the prescribed light and sound signals, as well as for performing and displaying the optical characters;
c. independent of the power grids on board, replacing the lights prescribed for the rigging;
d. a fire-resistant collecting tank with oil lubricant lid designated as such;
e. a separate fire-resistant collecting tank for the remaining solid small chemical waste and a fire-resistant reservoir with liquid small chemical waste cover, as referred to in the Rhine Transport Police Regulations, each time designated as such;
f. a fire resistant collector reservoir with slotted lid designated as such.

2. Furthermore, at least must be present:
a. Steel springs for lakes:

Each ship must be equipped with 3 steel troughs for lakes. The minimum length thereof must be:
For ships with a length L of less than 20 m, the shortest bunch can be dropped. These loops must be calculated on a minimum breaking strength RS which is determined by the following formula:

1st cluster: L + 20m, but not more than 100m,
2nd bunch: 2/3 of the first bunch,
3rd bunch: 1/3 of the first bunch.
for L x B x T to 1000 m³:
for L x B x T greater than 1000 m³:

A certificate of conformity according to European standard EN 10 204: 1991, model 3.1, must be on board for the prescribed steel bushes. These braces may be replaced by other cables of the same length and with the same breaking strength. The breaking strength for these cables must be shown in a certificate of inspection.
b. tross for towing:
Tugs must be equipped with a number of tires suitable for their function.
However, the main throttle must be at least 100 m long and have a breaking strength in kN corresponding to at least one third of the total power in kW of the propulsion engine (s). Motorboats and pusher craft that may be towed must at least be equipped with a 100 m length of trawl whose crush strength in kN corresponds to at least one quarter of the total power in kW of the propulsion engine (s);
c. a crew line;
d. a walkway, at least 0.40 m wide and at least 4 m long, whose sides are marked by a slight line; This track must be fitted with a handrail. For small vessels, the Commission of Experts may allow shorter running lanes;
e. a boat boot;
f. a suitable bonding drum with a content according to a norm of one of the Rhine States or of Belgium. The connection drum must be stored in a stay or in the wheelhouse and stored so that it can be easily and safely achieved if necessary. If tie drums have been pulled out of sight, the cover must be marked with a symbol for tie drums in accordance with sketch 8 of Annex I with a side length of at least 10 cm;
g. binoculars, 7x50 or larger lens diameter;
h. a sign indicating the rescue and the application of drains;
i. a floodlight operated steering wheel.

3. On board ships whose height above the waterline at idle ship exceeds 1.50 m, an outboard or ladder must be present.