United Kingdom: New lifeboat release improves maritime safety ///

A new lifeboat release hook mechanism has been introduced by Aberdeen-based Survival Craft Inspectorate Ltd. This new mechanism resulted from a detailed study of existing release systems. The Survival Craft study identified three key areas for improvement. These included reducing the potential for accidental release, providing a visual indication of the release mechanism's security status and eliminating the use of any materials that could be vulnerable to corrosion. The new mechanism, dubbed Safelaunch, should be more robust and less vulnerable to critical tolerances, misuse or neglect, thus contributing to lifeboat safety. It is available for new or retrofit installations and a number of leading ship and offshore platform operators have already begun installing this equipment.

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