MCA Marine Guidance Note MGN 445 (M+F): Lifeboats: Fitting of ‘Fall Preventer Devices’

MCA Marine Guidance Note MGN 445 (M+F): Lifeboats: Fitting of ‘Fall Preventer Devices’ to Reduce the Danger of Accidental On-load Hook Release. Notice to all Shipowners; Masters; Deck Officers; Manufacturers of lifeboats and launching appliances and Training establishments, this notice replaces MGN 388 (M+F). New requirements from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), have introduced standards for all Lifeboat Release and Retrieval Systems (LRRS), including those installed on existing ships. Existing systems that do not comply with the revised LSA Code as per SOLAS III/1.5 must be replaced by the first scheduled dry-docking after 1 July 2014, and not later than 1 July 2019.  The MCA strongly urges that all UK vessels fitted with lifeboat on-load release systems should be equipped with fall preventer devices (FPD) pending the evaluation of the systems for compliance with the requirements of the revised LSA Code. Read the report on the MCA website…