The Fibrelight Emergency Ladder is constructed using carbon fibre rods enclosed in flanged tubular webbing. When the webbing tubes are fitted and sewn at right angles between the double thickness pockets of a second webbing, an incredibly strong structure is created. In this way the rod is fully supported within the vertical members of the ladder. The ladder has undergone the ISO 799 strength test meaning successive rungs were loaded to over 900kgs and sustained for one minute without failure. The ladder construction has also been tested and approved for thermal ageing, weathering, UV light, oil resistance and practical performance.
The Lloyd’s Register (LR) Type Approval Certificate attached relates to the 10m and 30m Ladders being used as a Controlled Means of Descent – Marine Guidance Note 519 – as stated in the MCA letter dated 13th April 2015 (copy attached) for use on UK and REG ships, large yachts and passenger yachts for compliance with the SOLAS provisions and the corresponding requirements of the Large Yacht Code and Passenger Yacht Code detailed in the MCA letter. The MCA states that the letter does not constitute a Letter of Acceptance as reference in para 2.5 of MGN519. Surveyors of the flag Administration are required to issue a letter of acceptance before the Fibrelight Emergency Ladder can be accepted and template Letter of Acceptance has been provided to all REG Administrations. The attending flag surveyor, or delegated representative, must be satisfied that the arrangements, particularly fitting arrangements to the ship, are fit for purpose on a case by case and ship specific basis.