Survitec has relaunched its lifeboat inspection solution, Lifeboat Inspection 402, to provide enhanced savings and flexibility for ship operators.

The solution, developed in accordance with the regulations mandated in 2020 under Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Chapter III & IMO MSC.402(96), is supported by the company’s new ‘Hub and Spoke’ network model.

Survitec lifeboat product category manager Metkel Yohannes said: “We have significantly optimised our global lifeboat inspection solution to better reflect your operational needs and local dynamics.

“In addition, our Lifeboat Inspection 402 solution includes further enhancements to its agreement options. For instance, as well as traditional spot market lifeboat inspections, we offer more cost-effective frame or subscription-based agreements.”

From a single point of contact, the solution will offer lower expenses, port priority and due-date management to the users.

The company stated that lifeboat inspections must be performed yearly, whereas extensive inspection and load testing should be carried out at an interval of five years.

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As per Survitec’s recommendation, ship operators should not wait until the certificate’s expiry date for carrying out an inspection.

Yohannes added: “This is where the ‘Hub and Spoke’ model combined with the available agreement options really comes into its own.

“The hub is the main port where our multi-skilled technicians are based, with spokes radiating out to secondary ports. Fully approved and authorised lifeboat inspections can be carried out at any port along the spoke.”

As a Flag State authorised multi-brand lifeboat inspection provider, the company claims that its teams are ‘competent, capable and certified’ to provide various types of lifeboats, hooks and davits.

As of now, hub ports include Singapore, Rotterdam, Barcelona, Miami, Busan, Fujairah, Shanghai, Doha, Aberdeen, Piraeus and Algeciras.

Survitec’s ‘Hub and Spoke’ lifeboat inspections have been approved by more than 60 Flag Administrations.