Maritime Rules Part 49

Ships’ Lifting Appliances

Current version of Part 49

This rule applies to:

  • ships’ lifting appliances
  • loose cargo gear carried on board ships.
Maritime Rules Part 49 [PDF: 82kB, 12 pages]

Part 49 deals with the testing, examination and inspection of ships’ lifting appliances and the loose cargo gear carried onboard the ship.

It also requires the marking of a ship’s lifting appliances and loose cargo gear and the carriage of a register of equipment, rigging plan and certificates of test for the lifting appliances and gear.

Part 49 complements the Guidelines for Safety and Health in Port Operations, under the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, which covers the safety of lifting appliances and gear which are shore-based. Please note that these guidelines will be updated under the new Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 2015 in the near future.

Both the OSH Guidelines and Part 49 implement the requirements of the International Labour Organisation’s Occupational Safety and Health (Dock Safety) Convention 1979, No. 152.

History of Part 49



This part was amended by Maritime Rules (Various Amendments) 2014, in 2015.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2014 [PDF: 366kB, 18 pages]



This part was amended by Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2011, in 2011.

Maritime Rules Various Amendments 2011 [PDF: 948kB, 15 pages]


New part comes into force

Part 49 entered into force on 1 February 2001.


part signed

Part 49 was signed into law by the Transport Minister on 6 December 2000.

Part 49: Original rule [PDF: 3.15Mb, 18 pages]

Part 49 advisory circular

Advisory circulars describe a rule, its purpose and how to comply

[PDF: 174kB, 2 pages]