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.
Navigation and vessel inspection circular (NVIC) No. 04-07 can be downloaded from the following USCG website: www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nvic/
The circular provides guidance on IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) circular MSC.1/Circ. 1206 Measures to prevent accidents with lifeboats (published 26 May 2006), which is a compilation of the four previous MSC circulars dealing with lifeboat maintenance, drills, and training. NVIC No. 04-07 focuses in particular on the implementation of Annex 1 to the circular (guidance for periodic servicing and maintenance of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear).