Panama circular reiterates lifeboat release and retrieval system requirements

The Panama Maritime Authority has issued Circular MMC-250 confirming, among other things, that all types of existing lifeboat on-load release and retrieval systems design shall be reviewed, and the performance test witnessed by an Administration or by a ‘Recognised Organisation’ before 1 July 2013 in accordance with MSC.1Circ.1392.

Failing to carry out the above shall result in the release and retrieval system being considered as non-compliant and will require it to be replaced by a new system within the date range stipulated, i.e. after the first scheduled drydocking after 1 July 2014 but no later than 1 July 2019.

To view Circular MMC-250 in full, please click here.

Contact: Jonathan Holloway