Does SOLAS regulation V/26 contain any special provisions on steering gear tests for ships on short voyages?

Yes. The flag State Administration may waive the steering gear test requirements for ships which regularly engage on voyages of short duration, but such ships must carry out these checks and tests at least once every week.

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