Lifeboat on-load release mechanisms which do not comply with the revised LSA Code must be replaced no later than the first scheduled dry-docking of the ship after 1 July 2014.
2 July 2014 / Web only
Members and clients will be familiar with the IMO MSC decision issued in May 2011 to implement new and stricter safety standards for lifeboats with on-load release mechanisms (OLRM) – also referred to as ‘release and retrieval systems’. SOLAS regulation III/1.5 and associated amendments to the LSA Code resulted from IMO’s work to address this important matter and will, when fully implemented, hopefully reduce the number of accidents occurring during lifeboat launches.1
The new requirements apply to all ships, and for existing ships, the implementation process consists of two phases (ref. IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1392). The first phase covers the required actions by the manufacturers of OLRMs. Before 1 July 2013 all manufacturers should have assessed and tested their existing OLRMs for conformity with the new requirements. The assessment results and supporting documentation for each manufacturer’s OLRM can now be found in the IMO Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) under ’Evaluation of Hooks’. The next, and final, phase includes the following actions involving shipowners and operators:
Members and clients are reminded that the above must be completed no later than the first scheduled dry docking after 1 July 2014, but no later than 1 July 2019.
1 For more detailed information about the new requirements, reference is made to our Loss Prevention Circular No.12-11”Review and new approval of lifeboat hooks” and to the article “SOLAS amendments concerning lifeboat release hooks and retrieval systems” in Gard News 203.