a. Administration is to ensure that the thorough examination, operational testing, repair and overhaul of equipment is carried out in accordance with SOLAS regulation III/20 by an authorized service provider.
b. An authorized service provideris an entity authorized by the flag administration in accordance with the requirements given in resolution MSC.402 (96).
c. Authorization as service provider equally applies to manufacturers when they are acting as authorized service providers. In other words, a service branch of a manufacturer needs to obtain authorization if the service is provided for another manufacturer’s equipment.
d. Section 6 of the Resolution provides specific procedures for inspection, maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repairs for ‘General/Maintenance’, during ‘Annual thorough examination and operational test’ and ‘five-year thorough examination, overhaul and overload operational tests’.
e. Personnel who perform the ‘annual thorough examinations and operational tests’ and ‘five-year thorough examinations, any overhaul, overload operational tests and repair’ must be certified by the manufacturer or authorized service provider for each make and type of the equipment to be worked on in accordance with the specified minimum capabilities, education and training, and quality system requirements.
f. When thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair are completed, a statement confirming that the lifeboat arrangements remain fit for purpose is to be issued by the manufacturer or authorized service provider that conducted the work. A copy of valid documents of certification of personnel and authorization of the service provider as appropriate is to be included with the statement.
For detailed requirements, refer attached copy of MSC. 402(96).
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