Lifeboats and Davits – Load Testing Services

MSS are always looking for new ways to improve our already outstanding testing procedures and have developed a comprehensive range of load tests which fully comply with the latest SOLAS regulations as well as MODU codes.

These processes require load tests to be carried out every five years on all lifeboats, davits, FRC and release mechanisms. Load testing is also required during the installation and commissioning of both new and reconditioned equipment.

Every load test carried out by MSS is performed using ISO 9001-controlled procedures which includes the use of  such calibrated equipment as flow meters, load cells and water bags.

All load tests will include the following;

  • Minimum of 110% overload tests every five years on all lifeboats and davits as required by SOLAS and MODU codes
  • Minimum of 110% on-load lifeboat release and retrieval systems tests carried out every five years and performed using either hydraulic jacks or water bags
  • 110%, 150% and 220% overload tests performed during both the installation and commissioning of new or reconditioned davits, lifeboats and winches

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