Amendments to SOLAS – Lifeboat On-Load Release Mechanisms

News & Insights 28 April 2013


In May 2012 the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee amended regulations to SOLAS in relation to lifeboat release hook mechanisms. The amendments entered into force on 1 January 2013.

In May 2012 the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee amended regulations to SOLAS in relation to lifeboat release hook mechanisms. The amendments entered into force on 1 January 2013.

It is now a requirement that lifeboat on-load release mechanisms, not complying with the new International Life-Saving Appliances Code, are to be replaced no later than the first scheduled dry-docking of the ship after 1 July 2014 and in any event before 1 July 2019.

Following the tragic incident involving “THOMSON MAJESTY” earlier this year Members are reminded to ensure compliance with the amendments to SOLAS within the timeframe indicated.

Please see the IMO website for further information: http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/02-SOLAS-hooks.aspx

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