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Feb 15,2007

CYPRUS - Periodic servicing of life saving appliances and on load release gears

Convention : SOLAS CH III Life-Saving Appliances

Flag :Cyprus

Ship type :ALL TYPES

Please fing here after an extract from the Cyprus Circular 02/2007 giving the Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping position on the application of MSC.1/Circ 1206.

Recognizing the practical difficulties in the implementation of Paragraph 12, Annex I of the MSC.1/Circ. 1206, our interpretation of this matter is that the thorough examination (as required by the amended regulation 20.11/Chapter III of SOLAS 74), servicing and repairs of lifeboat launching appliances and on-load release mechanisms may be carried out in accordance with the “Specific Procedures for Maintenance and Servicing” contained in the Appendix of MSC.1/Circ. 1206, either by:

(1) The manufacturer’s representative or a person appropriately trained and certified by the manufacturer for the work to be done.

(2) A senior ship’s officer provided that the officer has received appropriate training by the manufacturer of the launching device and the on-load release mechanism.
Documentary evidence confirming the receipt of such training must be presented and satisfy the attending surveyor.

(3) A service provider, authorised under the provisions of paragraph 9 of Annex 1 of MSC.1 / Circ.1206, by one of the following competent Authorities:


Furthermore, if none of the above options can be applied, the thorough examination (as required by the amended regulation 20.11/Chapter III of SOLAS 74), servicing and repair of lifeboat launching appliances and on-load release mechanisms may be carried out in accordance with the “Specific Procedures for Maintenance and Servicing” contained in the Appendix of MSC.1/Circ. 1206, either by:

(i) A service provider approved (for the work to be done) by the vessel’s Classification Society and/or a Classification Society recognized by the Republic of Cyprus, or

(ii) An experienced service provider which is not approved by a Classification Society recognized by the Republic of Cyprus but is recommended by the vessel’s Classification Society. For this option only, the examination must be carried out under the attendance and to the satisfaction of the attending Surveyor.

The Department of Merchant Shipping must be informed in writing on case by case basis and our consent must be obtained before any one of the above two options (i) or (ii) is applied.

circular_2007_02[1].pdf