This seems to be a hot topic at the moment, mainly due to the fact that the manufacturers of lifeboats are attempting to force throught changes to SOLAS, where only their engineers will be ‘authorised’ to work on the equipment. Both Bob Coutties site and a new site www.msc1206.com, have a lot to say about this matter and I do too. It seems to us that the manufacturers may be able to ‘hold us to ransom’ when we need works completing on our vessels LSA and any leverage we currently have over them IE: to use 3rd party contractors, will be lost. We are certain the costs for such services will certainly skyrocket if this amendment is accepted and therefore, we are heavily lobbying our flag in order to make our views known.
We are committed to opposing this new measure as we have every confidence in the service we currently receive from independent companies - all of which will be eliminated by the manufacturers - after all, which manufacturer is going to approve any of their competitiors!? Sure, there are poor service companies and there are excellent service companies, (who give an even better service than the manufacturer themselves) and we are therefore urging our flag to take the obvious step of approving those companies that are capable of doing the job. Once they have done this, the OEMs can do whatever they want, we shall be using our flag approved contractors!
What do you think?