The SOLAS regulations also require that emergency generators be tested regularly to ensure they are in good working condition. The IEC’s International Standard for Safety of Electric Power Systems in Ships (IEC 60945) sets out the technical requirements for emergency generators on ships.
These requirements include specifications for the generator’s power output, voltage, and frequency, as well as the type of fuel it uses. In addition to these international regulations, ships are also subject to national and regional regulations regarding emergency generators.
For example, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has its own regulations for emergency generators on ships that operate in US waters. These regulations include requirements for the generator’s power output, fuel type, and testing schedule.
The following are the important requirement for emergency generators used onboard ships: