Clarification on the applicability for the evaluation and replacement of lifeboat release and retrieval systems

26 July 2016  |  C16016

Following our Circular C16008, Dromon wishes to clarify the applicability of SOLAS Regulation III/1.5.

NOTICE TO
Ship Owners / Managers / Operators  |  Surveyors  |  Flag Administrations  |  Service Suppliers

The requirement for ships to be fitted with on-load release gear has been made mandatory by SOLAS 1983 amendments.  This means that as of 01/07/1986 all new ships shall be fitted with on-load release systems in compliance with the LSA code.

Taking the above applicability into consideration, only ships constructed after 01/07/1986 must comply with the requirement of on-load release gear and therefore with the new SOLAS Regulation III/1.5.

For ships constructed before 01/07/1986 fitted with an open type lifeboat which operates with off load release hooks do not need to comply with new SOLAS Regulation III/1.5.

For ships constructed before 01/07/1986 fitted with a totally enclosed or semi enclosed lifeboat, is the interpretation of this Bureau that this type must comply with the new SOLAS Regulation III/1.5.

Lastly, free-fall lifeboats in accordance with LSA Code Chapter IV/4.4.76 are exempted from the requirement to comply with this new SOLAS Regulation III/1.5.

Reminder on the regulation requirements

SOLAS regulation III/1.5, requires that for all ships of 500 GT and above, lifeboat release and retrieval system not complying with paragraphs 4.4.7.6.4 to 4.4.7.6.6 of the LSA Code, as amended by resolution MSC.320(89), be replaced or modified not later than the next scheduled dry-docking after 1 July 2014, but not later than 1 July 2019.

Considering that paragraphs 4.4.7.6.4 to 4.4.7.6.6 of the LSA Code represent important safety improvements, manufacturers should carry out a self-assessment of their types of existing lifeboat release and retrieval systems in accordance with the IMO MSC.1/Circ.1392.

For further information concerning the requirements of the regulation as well as Dromon procedure to ensure compliance please refer to Circular C16008 here.

Act now

Ship owners / managers / operators are urge to request from manufacturer or one of their representatives to check the lifeboat release and retrieval system in accordance with the IMO MSC.1/Circ.1392 and MSC.1/Circ.1206/Rev.1.  After evaluation of the equipment, ship owners / managers / operators must submit to Dromon the results of the evaluation for design review and arranging the performance test.  Based on the result of the design review, Dromon will advise steps to be followed for the replacement of the lifeboat release and retrieval system, if deemed necessary.

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