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What Happens During an Ocean Safety Liferaft Service?

How to book in your liferaft for service:

  • Please contact your local Ocean Safety branch/office or complete the form on our website and we will take care of the whole process
  • Visit for a map of approved service centre locations

Customer correspondence:

  • The Liferaft is received and registered and the customer is issued a service/repair number
  • The liferaft logbook is completed. This provides proof that the liferaft has been opened and tested
  • The liferaft inspection is conducted using the Ocean Safety approved inspection survey form
  • A certificate of re-inspection is issued to the customer
  • The full documentation for the service is archived according to regulations ISO9650 for leisure use and IMO resolution A761(18) for SOLAS commercial use
  • A detailed invoice is sent to the customer

Service procedure:

  • The container or valise is opened, and the inflation system disconnected
  • The liferaft is removed from the container or valise
  • The container or valise are cleaned, and fiberglass or valise is repaired as required
  • The container or valise decal labels are renewed
  • The liferaft is inspected inside and out
  • The emergency pack contents are checked, and items replaced if expired according to regulations
  • The liferaft carcass is inspected and tested
  • The cylinder operating head and valve, and release wire are inspected
  • The inflations systems and high-pressure hoses are inspected
  • The CO2 cylinder is checked and weighed for correct CO2 & N2 contents
  • The liferaft is deflated, repacked into the container or valise and prepared for dispatch

Testing process:

  • The liferaft is inflated with compressed air and pressure tested, including a 60-minute working pressure test of the lower buoyancy chamber, upper buoyancy chamber and arch chamber
  • If the liferaft is equipped with an inflatable floor, this is also pressure tested for 60 minutes
  • The liferaft is subjected to specific tests at various intervals according to IMO international regulations.
  • Gas inflation stress test (GI) is conducted every 5 years using the liferaft’s own CO2/N2 cylinder to inflate it
  • A ‘Necessary Additional Pressure’ test (NAP) at double the working pressure rate is conducted at 10 years then annually thereafter
  • A floor seam test (FS) is performed to check the seams of the internal floor and is conducted at 10 years and annually thereafter