IMMARBE Requirements for Approval of Service Providers for Maintenance, Thorough Examination, Operational Testing, Overhaul and Repair of Lifeboats and Rescue Boats, Launching Appliances and Release Gear

This Merchant Marine Notice is intended to provide all Shipowners/Operators, Company ISM managers and other parties with the procedures for approval of an Organization other than the manufacturer concerning the Requirements for Maintenance, Through Examination, Operational Testing, Overhaul and Repair of Lifeboats and Rescue Boats, Launching Appliances and Release Gear as required by the Maritime Safety Committee in its Resolution MSC.402(96) adopted on 19 May 2019 and which entered into force on 1st January 2020.

The Administration may accept or recognize service providers on case by case basis if the service provider is approved by the attending Recognized Organization or by a member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).

In the event that the maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboat and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear cannot be conducted along with the annual survey for the Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate/Passenger Ship Safety Certificate within the window period (+/-3 months) due to exceptional circumstances, a Statement of Extension needs to be requested from the Administration.

The Owner or ISM Operator shall ensure that the maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboat and rescue boat, launching appliances and release gear referred to in the Resolution MSC 406(96) are completed at the date of the survey (Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate/Passenger Ship Safety Certificate).

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