Beware Dodgy HRUs

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Feb 122015

MAC has raised warnings about the hazards of counterfeit safety-critical equipment in the past, including copycat Hammar HRUs but another danger is expired equipment which has been ‘refurbished’ and put on the market. CM Hammer, manufacturer of hydrostatic release units, HRUs, has now issued a warning regarding the dangers of such refurbished equipment being sold as new units following an alert by the UK’s Marine & Coastguard Agency, MCA.

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Got A Fenner? Throw It Says Sweden

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Jun 222010

image Got a Fenner hydrostatic release on your liferaft? Throw it away and replace it, says the Maritime Department of Sweden’s Transport Agency.

Maritime Department surveyors have bought and tested ten new units and the results showed that nine of the ten tested units did not work according to set requirements.

Only 1 of 10 HRUs was activated in less than 4 meters water depth, which is a requirement.

Only 2 of 10 (including one exceeding 4 meters depth) cut off the line completely.
Lloyds Register, which has type approved these products, has been informed of the deficiencies and intends to withdraw the product’s type approval certificate.