Fall Prevention Device (FPD)

Survitec‘s Fall Preventer Device (FPD) has been developed to help reduce the number of accidents caused by the failure of
on-load lifeboat release hooks. The FPDs are attached between the lifeboat and the fore and aft davit fall blocks, providing a
second line of safety in case the loaded hook system fails while lowering or raising the lifeboat. The safety strops are removed before activating the sling release mechanism just before the lifeboat enters the water. The strops are then reattached before the lifeboat is retrieved from the water. All FPDs need to be in place before any drill, testing, inspection or maintenance work is carried out that requires people to be in the lifeboat. The FPDs are all fully compliant with the MSC.1/Circ 1327 guidelines.


  • Each FPD comes with a lloyd’s register certificate as standard
  • Each FPD is marked with the date it first came into service
  • Includes label warning that the strop should not be used for any other purpose
  • Manufactured from ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (uhmwpe) rope
  • Exceptionally strong yet easy to handle by the ship’s crew
  • Offers excellent resistance to uv and chemical damage
  • Supplied with an instruction manual
  • Supplied with safety warning tag to attach to the release handle in the lifeboat to remind operators to remove the FPD before activating the lifeboat release mechanism
  • Can be retrofitted to all existing release and retrieval system

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