The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has published guidance on safety bulletin 24 – Non-SOLAS lifejacket servicing requirements. The MCA has published this guidance based on a recent survey of a fishing vessel which highlighted that the vessel’s complement of inflatable, non-SOLAS lifejackets had not been serviced in accordance with the requirements of MGN 553: Inflatable Non-SOLAS Liferafts and Life-saving Appliances. The lifejackets had undergone servicing with a service provider that did not hold manufacturer’s approval for that particular make and model.
All owners and operators are reminded that non-SOLAS lifesaving appliances in commercial use are to be serviced in accordance with the requirements of MGN 553 and are encouraged to check that the service stations used for servicing are approved by the manufacturer. If unsure, please contact the equipment manufacturer who will be able to suggest an approved service station.