Daniamant, this month, chairs the Annual General Meeting of ILAMA – the International Life-saving Appliances Manufacturers’ Association to discuss the latest marine safety legislation issues.
Jim Booth of Daniamant is among delegates at the annual meeting in Athens, Greece, which coincides with Posidonia International Shipping Exhibition from 7-11 June.
Jim regularly attends and chairs ILAMA meetings as well as representing ILAMA at IMO and other committees (DE, MSC, SEAC, BSI, TC), helping to influence safety legislation through lobbying.
Among the topics being discussed through ILAMA paper MSC 87/24/2 is ensuring that dated/fixed life products are replaced if they are due to be out-of-date before their next service is due.
The official IMO Regulations for dated items sealed within annually serviced liferafts are contained in Resolution A.761(18), which ILAMA has submitted to the IMO Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 87) for proposed amendment.
Currently, they allow product with over six months’ life remaining to be re-sealed within the liferaft. This means that at the next service they may be six months out of date. Resolution A.761(18) also allows a further five month extension of service (with approval from the administration), therefore a ‘dated item’ could be 11 months out of date. If servicing of liferafts is extended to 30 months this could have disastrous implications for those people who may have to rely on our equipment in times of emergency action. Daniamant has a strong view that there cannot be a blatant disregard for lifed products expiry dates such as survivor location lights and pyrotechnics.
Jim has helped write this paper on behalf of ILAMA as it is Daniamants mission to continue to strive to improve safety and lives at sea.
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