Inflatable Liferafts

Life rafts:

Our modern facilities built according to the regulations of the main life rafts manufacturers, comply with and exceed the contents of IMO Resolution A 761 (18) and DICAPIs Directorate Resolution 1139-2014 DCG.

We have state-of-the-art testing devices, tools and equipment, our services are constantly monitored and our digital files allow a complete history of all maintenance services performed.

Our technicians have an average experience of 15 years and our supervisors have 25 years of experience in the field. Our technicians have been trained by the main manufacturers of life rafts: VIKING, DSB, RFD, ZODIAC, FUJIKURA, SHANGHAI YOU LONG RUBBER, LALIZAS, SEAMAN, HAINING MARINE EQUIPMENT, SEA SAFE among others.

Our continuous training system ensures an excellent quality in the service and maintenance processes of equipment, by implementing the latest updates, improvements and modifications issued by manufacturers and international organizations, so that your safety is never compromised under any circumstance. The services are performed according to the instructions and manuals of the corresponding manufacturers, using approved testing/maintenance equipment and original spare parts, according to the corresponding manufacturer.

Our life raft services are approved/certified by the main rating companies: LLOYDS REGISTER OF SHIPPING, NIPPON KAYJI KYOKAI; DET NORSKE VERITAS - GERMANISCHER LLOYD, BUREAU VERITAS, AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING.
Our after sales service includes: Permanent monitoring, historic database of every equipment that received maintenance, training and others that can be coordinated with the client.

LIFE INSPECTION PROCEDURE

We follow the international regulations applicable to IMO Resolution A (761).18 for the inspection of life rafts, as well as ISO 9001 quality standard procedures, and of course, the manuals of the corresponding manufacturers.

The following is a brief summary of the standard inspection procedure for a life raft from the moment it reaches the authorized technician until it is completely checked and packaged.

Steps with their corresponding details:

Step 1: Tools and equipment preparation

We prepare the specific equipment and tools necessary for the correct equipment check.

Step 2: Opening and Inflating the Life raft

For the inflation of a life raft we have high capacity air compressors. The system has several filters to prevent moisture from entering the interior of the raft.

Step 3: Component Inspection

In the initial inspection we verify the status, like the general condition of the chambers, canopy, reflective tapes, garlands, scales, access ramps, water collectors, stabilizers, tumble belts, exterior and interior lighting systems, weights, floor and its union with the rest of the raft, among others.

Step 4: Testing

For testing, we have areas with controlled temperature, atmospheric pressure and humidity. The testing is performed using manometers, thermometers, barometers and digital hygrometers properly calibrated and approved by the corresponding manufacturers.

Mandatory tests are carried out, which vary according to the manufacture date of the life raft. These can be: Working pressure, overpressure (NAP test), floor seams test, CO2 test, davit launch type testing and others that the manufacturer can order.

If we detect a loss of pressure greater than that indicated in the manuals of the corresponding manufacturer or if the breaking of the chamber or joints is detected, the repair will proceed, as long as it does not exceed the limits of repairs indicated by the corresponding manufacturers.

Step 5: Inspection of the permanent equipment and emergency package

The approved life rafts shall include SOLAS or COASTAL emergency equipment, whose content will depend on the distance to the coast the vessel operates and any current regulations on the matter.

Other elements shall include: Pyrotechnics (smoke signals, parachute rockets and flares), water, rations, emergency first aid kit, signal lantern with batteries, thermal aids, inflator, radar reflector, bailer, sponges, bi-tone whistle, sea anchors, paddles, seasickness bags, etc.

Everything must be checked that is in good condition and with minimum useful lifespan until the following inspection.

Step 6: High Pressure Bottle Inspection

The system for activating or inflating life rafts is carried out through a high-pressure bottle with a mixture of gases (CO2 + N2) or compressed air, depending on the design and the triggering device.

Following strict safety standards and using the tools provided and approved by the corresponding manufacturers, the high-pressure bottle activation head is removed for testing and maintenance.

The actual weight of the bottle is checked. For this purpose, we have high precision scales with a tolerance range of +1/-1 gr.

It is necessary to carry out a firing test or CO2 to the raft every 5 years, after that, hydrostatic testing must be carried out to the bottle or inflating bottles. We have our own Hydrostatic Testing Station for bottles and CO2/N2 recharge. Finally, a leak detection test is carried out using approved reactive liquids.

Step 7: Deflating, Packaging and Marking

Once the life raft has passed all mandatory testing, we proceed to deflate it and pack it.
The folding, reconnection of all the systems, placement in the hull and sealing is carried out according to the corresponding manufacturer manuals.

After the marking and tagging of the hull, the life raft is ready for delivery on board.
The corresponding certificate is issued.

Our facilities, equipment, experience and personnel allow us to apply the highest international quality standards, at all levels.