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Saturday, October 20, 2018


In 1994, OCIMF produced a report entitled “Results of a Survey into Lifeboat Safety”, in conjunction with the International Chamber of Shipping. This report highlighted some major concerns over equipment and the availability on board of appropriate technical information and documentation.

During recent years there has been continued concern over the number of incidents involving lifeboats, and to ascertain the current understanding of lifeboat issue, a questionnaire was developed and issued to all members of INTERTANKO, OCIMF and SIGTTO. The questionnaire was not targeted at any specific type(s) of lifeboat, but it was anticipated that the majority of incidents involved totally enclosed boats and their associated hook release systems due to the comparative complexity of the design. In addition, the views of serving seafarers were sought on the practicality and suitability of designated, specialist rescue craft.

The results of the latest survey can be found in the report Lifeboat Incident Survey 2000. When presented at IMO the report received strong support. The work regarding this issue is continuing and includes a joint submission of the report by OCIMF, INTERTANKO and SIGTTO to the forthcoming Marine Safety Committee meeting in April 2001.

Please click here to read the full report