1 The objective of these
Guidelines is to establish a uniform, safe and documented
performance of periodic servicing and maintenance of lifeboats,
launching appliances and on-load release gear.
2 These Guidelines relate to the
application of the ISM Code to periodic servicing and maintenance of
lifeboat arrangements and should therefore be reflected in
procedures developed for a ship under that Code.
3 The general principle in these
Guidelines may also be applied for the periodic servicing and
maintenance of liferafts, rescue boats and fast rescue boats and
their launching appliances and release gear.
4 Detailed guidance regarding some
procedures covered by these Guidelines is provided in the appendix.
5 These Guidelines relate
to the requirements contained in:
- SOLAS regulation
III/20 - Operational readiness, maintenance and inspections;
- SOLAS regulation III/36 - Instructions for
6 The company* is
responsible for servicing and maintenance onboard its ships in
accordance with SOLAS regulation III/20 and for the establishment
and implementation of health, safety and environment (HSE)
procedures covering all activities during servicing and maintenance.
7 The personnel
carrying out servicing and maintenance are responsible for the
performance of the work as authorized in accordance with the system
specified in paragraph 10.
8 The above personnel are also responsible for
complying with HSE instructions and procedures.
9 Where satisfied with an
organization's ability to carry out these functions, the
Administration may authorize such organization and its personnel to
perform the functions of the manufacturer and manufacturer's
certified personnel as assigned under these Guidelines, if
manufacturer certified facilities are not available.
10 Where these Guidelines
require certification of servicing personnel, such certification
should be issued by the manufacturer in accordance with an
established system for training and authorization.
11 Weekly and monthly
inspections, and routine maintenance as defined by the manufacturer,
should be conducted under the direct supervision of a senior ship's
officer in accordance with the instructions provided by the
other inspections, servicing and repair should be conducted by the
manufacturer's representative or a person appropriately trained and
certified by the manufacturer for the work to be done.
Reports and records
13 All reports and
checklists should be correctly filled out and signed by the person
who carries out the inspection and maintenance work and should also
be signed by the company's representative or the ship's master.
14 Records of
inspections, servicing, repairs and maintenance should be updated
and filed onboard the ship.
15 When repairs, thorough servicing and annual
servicing are completed, a statement confirming that the lifeboat
arrangements remain fit for purpose should be issued by the
manufacturer's representative or by the person certified by the
manufacturer for the work.
* For the purpose of these Guidelines, company is as defined in
SOLAS regulation IX/1.2.