RINA and lifesaving appliance manufacturer Survival Systems International (SSI) collaborate to ensure the safety of life-saving appliances.
he two partners have taken a proactive approach in the development of MSC.402(96) through supporting collaboration and piloting implementation as well as nurturing consistency across the industry.
ISO23678 was developed as the leading international standard supporting MSC.402(96). SSI in collaboration with British Standards Institution (BSI), RINA and the Italian flag administration took part in the development of the standard.
ISO23678 provides auditable requirements for the training, certification and assessment of service personnel for the maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats (including free-fall lifeboats) and rescue boats (including fast rescue boats), launching appliances and release gear.
Bob Gray, VP Regulatory Compliance (SSI) and Vice Chairman International Life-saving Appliance Manufacturers’ Association (ILAMA), said:
We are encouraged to see industry stakeholders pulling together behind MSC.402(96) and ISO23678 to increase safety, enhance best practices and ensure competency of service providers inspecting and testing lifesaving appliances
A global network of competent personnel employed by authorized service providers is vital for lifesaving appliances to remain fit for purpose and contributing to the prevention of accidents. With this collaboration with SSI, we hope to improve the safety of lifesaving appliances and seafarers at sea
Mario Moretti, Asia Marine Senior Director at RINA, stated.