Guinea-Bissau – Viking Liferafts – equivalent arrangements
C23056 | 13 October 2023
Notice to: Ship Owners / Managers/ Operators / Surveyors / Auditors
This Circular is issued to advise that the International Ships Registry of Guinea-Bissau have issued a statement concerning extended service intervals for some Viking liferafts.
Whilst SOLAS III/20.8.1 requires every inflatable liferaft to be serviced at intervals not exceeding 12 months, SOLAS III/20.8.3 provides for Administrations to extend service intervals under certain conditions.
Guinea-Bissau have extended the service interval for certain Viking liferafts to 30 months, subject to a number of conditions being complied with.
The liferafts granted this extension are the Viking S30 series, with model numbers: 6DK, 8DK, 10DK,12DK, 16DK, 20DK, 25DK, 35DK, 50DK, 12DKF, 16DKF, 20DKF, 25DKF, 34DKF.
All Ship Owners / Managers / Operators / Surveyors / Auditors should ensure that where such extension of service interval is utilised, all the necessary conditions as detailed in the Guinea-Bissau statement are complied with.