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SCBA (Self contained breathing apparatus) is an important equipment on board. We may not get to use it frequently but still it is an important equipment.

We need SCBA for fighting the fire as well as for enclosed space rescue. SCBA is required to be carried on board as per SOLAS Chapter II-2, Reg 10.

But any equipment on board is of no use if we do not know how to operate it. In case of SCBA, not only we need to know how to use it but we should be able to wear it in a flash.

During enclosed space rescue, we should be able to rescue the person quickly. A person can die because of lack of oxygen in less than 3 minutes. As such seconds matters and if we take more time to wear SCBA, we have lesser chance of successful rescue.

Drills on board have a huge impact on the timings of wearing SCBA provided we aim to improve the effectiveness of drills conducted.

So do you know how to wear SCBA correctly. This Infographic can be of some help.

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Conclusion

Different ships can have different makes of SCBA on board. But there are few thumb rules that are common with all the makes. It is important that we follow these thumb rules while using SCBA during fire fighting or enclosed space rescue.

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Capt. Rajeev Jassal has sailed for over 19 years mainly on crude oil, product and chemical tankers. He holds MBA in shipping & Logistics degree from London. He has done extensive research on quantitatively measuring Safety culture onboard and safety climate ashore which he believes is the most important element for safer shipping.

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17 Comments

Junrey
Junrey
Sep 21, 2016

Looks Great

Satish
Satish
Sep 21, 2016

Looks great...

victor hugo
victor hugo
Oct 3, 2016

Looks great....

Pawan Duggirala
Pawan Duggirala
Mar 31, 2017

Very well written and depicted. I am your fan henceforth.

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Nov 24, 2017

Glad you liked it Pawan...

Mukund Patel
Mukund Patel
Nov 24, 2017

Best know for scba set training.... Thank you

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Nov 24, 2017

Thank you Mukund...

ankit
ankit
Mar 25, 2018

wow sir, you are just amazing. Your writing style is so relatable and practical. Wonderful job sir. Wish you luck for future, m sure myseatime will be very big in the future.

Rajeev Jassal
Rajeev Jassal
Apr 10, 2018

Thanks Ankit...

Alok Mathur
Alok Mathur
Nov 18, 2018

Capt Jassal, thank you so much for a fantastic blog site. I used it extensively for my ASM esp understanding Marpol Annx 6 n Damage Stab. Even today, I refer to it often to check out extremely relevant topics which u discuss with clarity and precision.

Siraj
Siraj
Feb 10, 2019

Dear Sir, I have read your article how to use SCABA. Its very helpful. Sir, It would be more helpful and useful if could write with pictorial image how to wear the face mask of the SCABA and use. Please describe up to the last stage of using SCABA.

Javier
Javier
Apr 13, 2019

I have explained my crew with this key points and every body was clear in this topic, thanks for giving practical and useful information . GOD Bless

AMAR ANAND
AMAR ANAND
Apr 8, 2020

Nice Article sir......please increase writing more blogs

MUHAMMAD WASIM
MUHAMMAD WASIM
Jul 15, 2020

hi Sir... Can you please tell me, What instructions ,A chief engineer can give to a person who is wearing SCBA,who is proceeding to a smoke filled machinery room after a fire?????

ABDULAI MOMODU KAMARA
ABDULAI MOMODU KAMARA
Aug 26, 2021

Wonderful information,

Nikhil
Nikhil
Feb 11, 2022

Sir I have a doubt For the CS activity(mesh removal of drier having molecular slieve-catalyst) if the confine space entrant is using double line BA, there is no need of following buddy system - is the statement is right or not

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