Feb 232008

One of MAC’s friends in the lifeboat sector (Yes, we do have a few) gives a gloomy report on this week’s International Maritime Organisation DE51 meeting in Bonn at which various issues, including lifeboats and on-load release hooks were under discussion.

“I am presently at the IMO right now… this has been a very frustrating session. There has basically been no movement on the hook issue, there has been lots of talk but no real change… it has become frustrating to see IMO not tightening design requirements to ensure that the hook manufacturers who are providing unsafe hooks are kept in line.”

It is disappointing, to say the least when it is, as us Brits would say ‘bleedin’ obvious’ that the issue needs to be addressed with firmness, but the IMO is itself hamstrung by its need to operate through consensus, never a very efficient way to get things done.

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  1. We too had a delegation attending DE51 and in particular within the working group whom had intended to contribute to the debate about release gear. Unfortunately, it was not discussed in any great length at all, which was most frustrating. The IMO and the DE sub committee in particular will have a lot of self examination to do if there is an incident which involves lifeboats and on load release gear in particular.

    ILAMA must also come in for a lot of criticism in my opinion for failing t provide data as requested by the DE sub comittee. They were tasked with producing information from both ILAMA members and non ILAMA membder as to what the worldwide coverage was for lifeboat servicing. The fact that they AGAIN did not produce such data was noted and pointed out by the DE chairwoman during the final reporting day at DE51. I have also posted about this matter on the excellent website http://www.msc1206.com.

  2. It certainly seems to have been a disappointing session for those interested in making lifeboats safer.

    As for ILAMA, lifeboat manufacturers’ ethics were criticised in the MCA’s Project 555 report and don’t seem to have improved.

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