What does SOLAS regulation V/26 require regarding emergency steering gear drills?

In addition to the routine (pre-departure) checks and tests, emergency steering drills shall take place at least once every three months in order to practice emergency steering procedures. These drills shall include: (1) direct control within the steering gear compartment;

Β (2) the communications procedure with the navigation bridge; and (3) where applicable, the operation of alternative power supplies. The date on which the test is carried out must be recorded. (In a UK ship an entry must be made on a special page of the Official Log Book.)


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Where can the MCA’s guidance on steering gear tests and checks be found?

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