Safety at Sea

June 21st, 2017 by

ILAMA is very pleased to be involved in Safety At Sea Awards 2017 and congratulates Safety At Sea on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary.

New Chairman and Vice Chairman

June 20th, 2017 by

At the recent Annual General Meeting, which took place on the HQS Wellington in London on 2 June,  Mr. Manolis Petassis of Norsafe Hellas, was thanked for his work during the past two years as he stepped down and Mrs. Jane Goodwin of Mullion Manufacturing took over the role of Chair of the Association.  At the same time Mr. Harry Klaverstijn from Palfinger was elected Vice Chair of the Association.

Watkins Takes The Safe Seat

May 24th, 2016 by

Paul Watkins, newly appointed technical chairman of ILAMA, talks to Stephen Cousins

What expertise will you bring to the role of Technical Committee chair?

I work in parallel as regulatory and compliance manager at Survitec Survival Craft, an active member of International Lifesaving Appliance Manufacturers’ Association (ILAMA). It considers membership an absolute necessity to actively assist with the development of new legal requirements and amendments for industry.I have been involved in all matters surrounding regulatory issues for many years with associated work at IMO and other relevant industry and regulatory bodies.

What manufacturers does ILAMA represent?

Our 41 members cover a wide range of LSA products, including, pyrotechnics, lifeboats, davits, life boat release gear, food rations, immersion suits, liferafts, marine evacuation services (MESs), lifejacket lights, and more. We are continually seeking new members. Our mission is to promote excellence in manufacturing, training, and maintenance of life saving appliances globally to enhance safety at sea.We provide a collective voice for members to put forward draft papers for new requirements, improve existing legislation and ensure views, discussions and concerns about SOLAS regulations are heard by the IMO and other regulatory bodies.

What key initiatives has ILAMA been working on?

A key area of focus for several years has been MSC.1/Circ.1206, and the implementation into legislation of the service, maintenance, repair and testing of lifeboats and launching appliances. A few weeks ago, at the third session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment (SSE3), the matter was finally concluded and legislation agreed. Circulars MSC.1/Circ.1206 and MSC.1/ Circ.1206 Rev1 were only guidelines, so rubber stamping them at IMO is a positive step and whole process was viewed by everyone involved as benefiting industry at all levels. More recently, work on MSC.1/Circ.1206 ran in parallel with the development of new requirements for release gear systems in conventional lifeboats.We are in the middle of an agreed period, from 2014 to 2019, during which non-compliant release gear systems must be replaced by the latest-generation systems to further improve sea farer safety.

What pressing safety concerns are ILAMA members discussing?

One of the more pressing areas of concern is issues related to wire rope corrosion. Several recent incidents, all in the public domain, have demonstrated the impact of this problem, most notably the accident on board cruise liner Thomson Majesty in2013. [The accident took place during a lifeboat drill when cable holding a life boat snapped and fell 20m resulting in five crew fatalities and three injuries. A report by the Marine Safety Investigation Unit of Malta, the ship’s flag state, published in 2014, found improper maintenance and fitting of ropes was to blame]. Wire rope corrodes from the inside out meaning that it can appear in good condition during visual inspection, but remain badly corroded, resulting in a loss of durability and strength, potentially resulting in premature failure. ILAMA and industry have dealt effectively with problems related to release gear systems for conventional lifeboats, but these are still suspended by wire rope and the focus must now move towards this important item of equipment.

Is there still an issue with counterfeit LSA products on the market?

Yes, it is a matter regularly discussed during our meetings.One of our members has experienced significant problems with illegal counterfeit hydrostatic release units for liferafts. The problem is counterfeit items can look almost identical to the original and often the only people who come into physical contact with them are seafarers. We can’t expect them to be able to spot them as fake. The issue typically relates to smaller items of lifesaving equipment, not large items like counterfeit lifeboats or liferafts.

Is there any upcoming legislation or changes to legislation that could have a positive impact on safety?

Yes. The ongoing development of goal-based standards will have an unquestionable impact and may affect the design and performance requirements of LSAs. However, it is a workin progress and potentially years from coming to fruition. Furthermore, ILAMA constantly works with the EU Marine Equipment Directive, the MarED co-ordination group, and other correspondence and working groups, to improve maritime safety as a bottomline, which must always be measured against practical requirements and achievable goals.

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Code Confusion

January 21st, 2015 by


CODE CONFUSION – Always make sure that you receive
exactly what you have ordered!

The increase in internet and E-mail ordering, incorporating the use
of specific, original reference codes (such as those sanctioned by
IMPA), makes it very important that these codes refer to the actual
product that the customer wants to order. Any inaccuracy in the
use of product numbers and codes may cause buyers to run the
risk of receiving products they did not intend to buy.

It is vital therefore, that, when ordering products, buyers, purchasing
managers and ship’s staff, ensure that they use the correct
reference that applies to the actual product that they require.

ILAMA believes that the accurate use of international product
coding is the best way to ensure that the equipment, part or
service that is needed on board to ensure safety is up to the job.


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New ILAMA Permanent Representative at IMO

January 21st, 2013 by

ILAMA has recently appointed a new Permanent Representative at IMO. John Matthews who is soon to be retiring as Head of Fleetwood Nautical Campus will take on this role and will attend DE 57 at IMO in March. John has a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise across a wide range of LSA and ILAMA is very pleased to have him on board.

‘Development of the modern lifejacket’ – Edgar Pask

August 22nd, 2012 by

Passenger Ship Safety Conference 2012

January 20th, 2012 by

‘New Regulations on lifeboat release and retrieval systems (hook systems) – Is 2019 realistic for finalizing implementation?’
Presentation given by Harry Klaverstijn at the Passenger Ship Safety Conference in London (January 2012)
Passenger Ship Safety Conference Presentation

‘Counterfeit Products – How they are affecting the safety of passengers and crew’
Presentation given by Jim Booth at the Passenger Ship Safety Conference in London (January 2012)
Counterfeit products presentation

Marintec China 2011

December 5th, 2011 by

ILAMA was represented by Jim Booth and Kevin Rough at Marintec China Exhibition 2011 in Shanghai. ILAMA was able to share the Acebi SAS stand in the French Pavilion. Acebi SAS (represented by Jean Pierre Moreau) currently holds the chairmanship of ILAMA.


November 29th, 2011 by

By invitation of Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Mr. Harry Klaverstijn (ILAMA’s Technical Committee Chairman) attended a reception at Lancaster House, London on 29 November 2011 on the occasion of the 27th Assembly of the International Maritime Organisation.

Tanker Safety Conference

November 19th, 2011 by

At the conference  organised by Riviera Maritime which took place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel and Conference Centre in London ILAMA was represented by Paul Watkins (Survival Craft Inspectorate) and George Teece (Survival Systems International) who gave a PowerPoint presentation on lifeboat release hooks entitled  ‘IMO MSC 1206: a breakthrough for lifeboat safety?’ .