Specifically, the SOLAS amendments are to be applied by:

  1. lifeboats (including free-fall lifeboats), rescue boats and fast rescue boats;
  2. launching appliances and on-load and off-load release gear for lifeboats, also including primary and secondary means of launching appliances for free-fall lifeboats, rescue boats, fast rescue boats and davit-launched liferafts.

Accordingly, BV informs that from January 1, 2020, detailed examination, operational testing, repair and overhaul of the equipment explained above, should be conducted by service providers authorized by the ship's Flag State Administration.