We undertake Load testing and certification for all Lifeboats/ rescue boats / load release systems, as well as for the Davits in Dubai UAE.
The IMO (International Maritime Organization) has set out regulations and guidelines for the maintenance and inspection of lifeboats, rescue boats, and associated equipment. The five-yearly scope of wire rope renewal and load testing of lifeboats are a part of this comprehensive maintenance plan.
Wire Rope Renewal:
- Visual Inspection: Inspect the wire ropes for any signs of wear, corrosion, or damage.
- Replacement: Replace any wire ropes that show signs of wear, corrosion, or damage with new ropes of the same specification and quality.
- Records: Keep records of all wire rope replacements, including the date of replacement and the specification of the new wire ropes used.
- Weight Test: Load test the lifeboat to ensure that it can safely carry its maximum permitted weight, including personnel, equipment, and supplies.
- Test Procedure: The load test should be carried out according to the manufacturer’s instructions and regulatory requirements. It should involve slowly loading the lifeboat to its maximum weight capacity and holding it at that weight for a specified duration to test the integrity of the boat and the wire ropes.
- Records: Keep records of all load tests conducted, including the date of the test, the weight used, and the duration of the test. Any observed damage or issues, and any repairs or replacements made should also be documented.
The five-yearly scope of wire rope renewal and load testing of lifeboats is a crucial part of ensuring the safety and reliability of these emergency vessels. By following the IMO regulations and guidelines, ship owners and operators can ensure that their lifeboats are always ready to perform their essential safety functions in an emergency.
Testing’s are very much required during all 5 yearly Inspections, modifications etc. Overload testing is also required during installation and commissioning of new and reconditioned equipment.