Technical Circular No: 04/2020

Subject: Freefall Lifeboat Release System Modification

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  • During Port State Control (PSC) Inspection, the release mechanism freefall lifeboat manufactured by GEPA- Fiberglass Industry & Trade Co. Inc found not meeting with the independent condition as required by the LSA Code.

  • In view of above manufacturer has issued a service bulletin No.19/001.rev.1 (copy attached) providing information about the need to modify the release mechanism activation systems installed on the below types of Freefall Lifeboat.

  • The types of GEPA free fall lifeboat that requires modifications are G-FFF1, G-FFF1-FP, G-FFF2, G-FFF2-FP, G-FFF3, G-FFF3-FP. These modifications are to be carried out by an approved service supplier in accordance with the manufacturer’s modification procedure (GFFRM-01-DOC-06-REV01).

  • Owners and operators with above GEPA (G-FFF1, G-FFF1-FP, G-FFF2, G-FFF2-FP, G-FFF3, G-FFF3-FP) type freefall lifeboats are advised to contact GEPA and Recognized Organization to arrange for modifications to be done under survey, by an approved service supplier, in accordance with applicable requirements.



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