MSC 84 - Inspection/Service of lifeboats

In our Weekly NEWS 09/2008 we reported on the outcome from the 51st session of the IMO’s Design and Equipment Sub-committee (DE51), which had developed and agreed on draft guidelines to be used by Administrations when authorising service providers to carry out maintenance and service work on lifeboats and their associated equipment, as recommended by MSC.1/Circ.1206. Click here for article.

Last week, the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 84) approved the draft guidelines. However before they were approved, they were changed and now contain a paragraph which enables flag states to take measures they consider appropriate to ensure that national manufacturers of SOLAS equipment undertake that equipment, tools, instructions etc are made available to independent service providers.

It was also decided that MSC.1/Circ.1206 should be reviewed and amended to reflect the recent changes, as it has become apparent that it needs to be amended to give Administrations the authority to authorise service providers, regardless of whether or not they are the original manufacturer or have been certified by the original manufacturer.

Members are advised that the MSC.1/Circ.1206 is an IMO recommendation only, and it is not mandatory under the SOLAS Convention, although some manufacturers may have misled some ship owners. However Administrations can make it mandatory (and some already have) in their national legislation.

The guideline will be circulated to members as soon as it has been made available by the IMO.

Contact: Fredrik Larsson