At Survitec we believe when you purchase your safety equipment it is only the beginning of your relationship with us. Safeguarding lives through high quality safety equipment is at the heart of everything we do.
All lifejackets serviced at an approved Survitec service station will be subjected to a rigorous inspection by a fully qualified technician to ensure it is fit for purpose and maximise its performance if needed in an emergency. Key tasks that will be carried out as part of the servicing procedure include:
FACT: In 2014, the UK Royal Naval Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) reported that out of the 6,752 lifejackets checked at their lifejacket clinics, a staggering 587 of lifejackets might not have worked as the carbon dioxide bottle had already been fired or was missing altogether - RNLI, (2014). Operational Statistics
As a lifejacket manufacturer we would always recommend an annual service however depending on your operation and the approval authority you are governed by it may also be a legal requirement.
SOLAS – If you are operating under SOLAS professional lifejacket servicing is a legal requirement and must be performed annually
ISO – The MCA state that the owner should follow the manufactures guidelines for servicing, in this case this means performing a professional service annually
Using an Approved Service Station
All Survitec and Survitec approved service stations are audited and approved to the highest standards of legislative organisations and government associations as well as the product original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
When organising your lifejacket servicing owners should ensure they are using a fully approved service station for the brand of lifejacket owned. Authorised service centres will have access to the correct service manuals for your lifejacket and would have undergone all of the relevant product training. These highly technical documents are a key tool for the lifejacket service engineer.
Not using an authorised service centre could potentially increase the risk of your lifejacket failing to perform at a critical moment. Unauthorised service centres may not use genuine parts from your lifejacket manufacturer, and these may end up damaging your lifejacket – all lifejacket spare parts are not made equal. If you do use a non-approved service station please note that this will not only invalidate your warranty and any liabilities, but crucially will leave you and your crew at serious risk.
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REMEMBER: In addition to this annual service you should also be following the care and maintenance guidelines to make sure your lifejacket is action ready should the unexpected (but certainly possible!) happen. Checking your lifejacket before use should be second nature. It should be done every time you are going to be using it, and certainly before a long passage. Follow the care and maintenance guidelines in your user manual to see what you need to be looking out for!