LIFEBOAT HOOK REPLACEMENT
To improve the safety of lifeboat release and retrieval systems (LRRS), the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee approved in its 89th session in May 2011 new requirements for conventional lifeboat release and retrieval systems for all existing and new-build vessels under SOLAS regulation III/1.5.
The regulation required for all existing ships and new buildings with keel laying date before July 1st, 2014, the lifeboat release system needs to be design reviewed and performance tested until July 1st, 2013 by the manufacturer of the hooks. During the testing procedure, it is clarified whether the release system is in compliance with new LSA code as amended by MSC.1/1392 or needs modification or replacement. If an existing hook has not been tested, the hook is considered as non-compliant. The actual status of all hooks been tested can be seen under http://gisis.imo.org after a free registration.
As a result, all lifeboats with release systems that are not in this IMO database or being found as non-compliant shall be replaced or modified no later than the next scheduled dry-docking after July 1, 2014 but no later than July 1, 2019.