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The third pocket checklist in the series aims to help owners, operators, and crew comply with international convention requirements, thereby reducing the risk of Port State Control detention. With an alarming number of deaths and injury due to accidents involving lifeboats, this pocket checklist highlights the vital importance of life-saving appliances working properly, and lifeboat drills being conducted safely. All lifeboat equipment should be ready for operation, well maintained and inspected regularly. This checklist will act as a practical, on the spot device to make sure that life-saving appliances are fully up to scratch and comply with all regulations.

01/01/2002
Many shipowners build vessels, even very large vessels, with fully enclosed free-fall lifeboats in the belief that this is a safer means of saving the crew in case the ship has to be abandoned.

31/03/2005

24/07/2009
The Association would like to inform its Members of a recent circular released by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) concerning lifeboat launching arrangements. The IMO has moved to clarify SOLAS regulation III/19.3.3.3 following some confusion over whether crew are required to be onboard lifeboats during launching; this bulletin presents a summary of the information.  

01/05/2009
The Association would like to draw the attention of its members towards the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) which will be carried out for a three month period between the 1st of September and the 30th of November by both the Paris and Tokyo Memorandums of Understanding.  

01/12/2007
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), through a recently published Marine Information Notice (MIN), recommends that a system should be introduced whereby maintenance shackles are rigged to by-pass lifeboat on-load release hooks during the lowering and recovery stages of lifeboat drills.

01/09/2007
The US Coast Guard (USCG) has issued a circular concerning servicing and maintenance of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear. Although the circular is aimed at US-flagged ships, it provides guidance on the implementation of SOLAS and will be of interest to all ship owners and operators. 

01/04/2007
The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has updated two of its Information Bulletins relating to lifeboat safety, after investigation into a recent tragic lifeboat drill incident.

01/01/2007
Loss Prevention Bulletin 489 (issued September 2006) detailed a lifeboat drill incident that unfortunately resulted in the death of one of the crew members on board. After the incident the lifeboat was brought to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) Engineering Branch laboratory for examination. The davit launch gravity type enclosed lifeboat was found to be fitted with a SRS-37 type release gear mechanism manufactured in 2001 by Shigi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

01/10/2006
Earlier this year the IMO Maritime Safety Committee approved the Guide on recovery techniques, which provides specific guidance to seafarers on techniques for the recovery of persons in distress at sea.

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