Liferafts / Everything you need to know

11 November 2015  |  C15037

Dromon new Technical Publication

Ship Owners / Managers / Operators  |  Ship Masters | Flag Administrations

Dromon has prepared a new Technical Publication concerning liferafts.  The publication can be found here.

The publication has been prepared following recent Port State Control (PSC) Inspections that show an increase on the number of deficiencies related to this safety equipment.

The publication outlines the requirements and applicable regulations for liferafts.  It includes requirements on servicing, marking, additional information about passenger and ro-ro passenger ships as well as the most frequent deficiencies imposed by PSC Authorities.


Liferafts Inspection Checklist

Dromon PSC Department has prepared a short checklist that is incorporated in our publication.  The checklist can be used by ship’s Master or Officer to ensure the proper maintenance, stowage, marking and use of liferafts.


Servicing of liferafts

As stated in our publication, the servicing of inflatable liferaft shall be carried out every 12 months.  As per Dromon policy (refer to Circular C13009) the servicing of this equipment shall be carried out within the annual survey window range dates (+/- 3 months from the anniversary date of the annual survey) as required by SOLAS in order for the safety equipment survey to be credited.

The servicing of the liferaft shall be carried out by an “approved service station”.  An “approved service station” is one that has been formally accredited by the manufacturer and has been approved by:

  • the flag State Administration of the ship; or
  • Dromon Bureau of Shipping; or
  • any IACS Classification Society.

It is important to note that service suppliers should gain manufacturers accreditation before requesting a survey from Dromon to become an “approved service station”.  Subsequent periodic inspections will be conducted by Dromon to maintain approval.


Act Now

Owners / Managers are encouraged to submit this checklist (along with the complete publication) on board their ships.

Before putting equipment into a service station, Owners / Managers should check the continued approval of the station, and that their make and model of equipment is able to be serviced.  A list of “approved service stations” by Dromon will be available online at ERETES.