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6/2/2014: Compliance due date for lifeboat release mechanisms

On March 28, 2014 the Coast Guard published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a policy letter regarding a recent International Maritime Organization amendment to Chapter III of the International Convention for the Safety of Life At Sea, 1974, or SOLAS. The amendment requires all SOLAS ships, regardless of build date, to identify and replace existing lifeboat on-load release mechanisms that do not comply with certain provisions of the International Life-Saving Appliance Code. Compliance is required no later than the next scheduled dry-docking after July 1, 2014, but in any case before July 1, 2019.

We are now in the window when the SOLAS amendment expects any necessary replacements to occur.

The SOLAS amendment does not apply to the release mechanisms on free-fall lifeboats. Any U.S. ship subject to SOLAS that operates on international voyages without complying with the amendment past the applicable compliance date may be subject to detention by foreign port state officials and other administrative action by foreign authorities.

If you have questions please contact the Coast Guard’s Lifesaving and Fire Safety Division .

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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