BG Verkehr / Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg

Hans-Joachim Wiegmann
Phone: +49 40 361 37-314
Fax: +49 40 361 37-204

BG Verkehr / Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Referat Brandschutz
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg

Axel Lichtwald
Phone: +49 40 361 37-812
Mobile: +49 171 636 11 36

Webcode for this Content: 16955951

Servicing of life saving appliances

Accidents with lifeboats during launching and recovering

Lifeboats are normally launched and recovered by special launching appliances. Most critical is the release mechanism, which connects the lifeboat with the falls. The release mechanism is designed to avoid premature release of the boat during launching, must however enable an on-load release in case of emergency.

International safety provisions for launching and recovery arrangements of lifeboats

In recent years numerous severe accidents have been caused by premature release of lifeboats from great heights. The  International Maritime Organization (IMO) has therefore amended its requirements on launching and recovery  arrangements. By resolution MSC.320(89) paragraphs to  of the Life Saving Appliances-Code (LSA-Code) have been amended to include new provisions for on-load release gear. Ships not complying with these new provisions must, according to resolution MSC.317(89),  be refitted for the first scheduled dry-docking after 1 July 2014, in no case later than 1 July 2019. Existing release gear already complying with the amended LSA-Code, needs not to be replaced.

For further information please refer to the following informations:

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Approval of servicing stations for launching appliances as a contribution to ship safety

Insufficient or incompetent maintenance of lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear increases the risk of serious or even fatal accidents on board. Therefore the ship safety division of the BG-Verkehr monitors compliance with the relevant legal provisions by scrutinising and approving servicing stations. Approved companies are certified with a "Bescheinigung über die Autorisierung als Dienstleister für Rettungsboote, Aussetzvorrichtungen und unter Last auslösbaren Heißhaken".

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List of approved servicing stations for launching appliances in Germany

In Germany the following servicing stations for lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear have been approved by the ship safety division of the BG-Verkehr:

Approval-no. Servicing station Address


Hatecke Service GmbH

Am Ruthenstrom 1
21706 Drochtersen


Viking Life-Saving Equipment A/S

Veddeler Damm 32/34
20457 Hamburg


VFR Safety GmbH

Billwerder Ring 7
21035 Hamburg


Fassmer Service GmbH

Industriestr. 2
27804 Berne/Motzen


N & P Maritime u. Industrietechnik GmbH

Danziger Str. 1
28790 Schwanewede


Harding Safety Germany GmbH

Kaddenbusch 3
25578 Dägeling


Global Davit GmbH

Graf-Zeppelin-Ring 2
27211 Bassum


davit international

Sandstrasse 20
27232 Sulingen


DSB Deutsche Schlauchboot GmbH

Angerweg 5
37632 Eschershausen


LSA Service GmbH

Im Dorfe 1
31603 Diepenau


RC Hydraulik und Industrieservice GmbH

Werkstrasse 1
28857 Syke


Hansa Lifeboat Ltd.

Normannenweg 39
20537 Hamburg


MacGregor Germany GmbH

Barkhausenstr. 60
27568 Bremerhaven

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Legal bases for scrutinising servicing stations

Servicing stations for lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear must comply with the following legal instruments:

  1. the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974  (SOLAS),
  2.  MSC.1-Circular 1277 from 23.05.2008,
  3. MSC.1-Circular 1206 Rev. 1, and
  4. the German Ship Safety Ordinance.

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Annual service for liferafts

Please find here a list of service stations for liferafts in Germany.

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