Survitec expects a spike in demand for servicing in the first half of 2021 Photo: Survitec
With an increasing number of vessels returning to service following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, Survitec is advising that ships’ life-saving appliances are maintained according to their original service schedules in order to avoid delays.
Survitec singles out the cruise and ferry segment, which is set to return to service in the fourth quarter, as posing a particular challenge due to the volume of safety equipment on board.
Survitec has advised its customers to keep to their original maintenance plans where possible. “Doing so will ensure that vessels returning to service remain safe and compliant,” said chief operating officer, Claude Sada.
“Due to the pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions, classification surveyors have experienced difficulties arranging surveys and carrying out onboard activities to meet statutory requirements. As a consequence, flag states have granted extensions on many of the certificates issued so that vessels can remain compliant. They have taken a very pragmatic approach in dealing with vessels on a case-by-case basis, with three to-five month extensions being approved,” said Mr Sada.
However, the first round of extensions is now coming to an end and those extensions issued in the second half of 2020 will start to expire from early 2021.
Vessels are usually prevented from sailing if the certificate has expired but can operate for up to five months past the expiry date if granted an extension by the flag state.