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Maritime and Coastguard Agency releases guidance on Safety Bulletin 24 - Non-SOLAS lifejacket servicing requirements

Published on: 20 January 2022

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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has published guidance on safety bulletin 24 – Non-SOLAS lifejacket servicing requirements. The MCA published this guidance on 11 January 2022. 

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.

If you would like any further information or have any queries you can access the MCA’s guidance Safety Bulletin 24 on non-SOLAS lifejacket servicing requirements here, where it provides all of its contact details.