Servicing & Repacking
There is no way to determine if a liferaft will remain in optimum functioning condition without having it serviced regularly. This annual service will also increase the life expectancy of your raft.
Liferafts exist in harsh environments and are often exposed to both fresh and salt water, extreme temperature changes and abuse by the crew in handling and storage. These factors will accelerate the natural aging process of the raft and its components.
Having a liferaft serviced on an annual basis will ensure peace of mind knowing:
- That the raft will inflate properly
- That raft will hold air once inflated
- The raft contains functional equipment inside in order for you to survive
Don't leave this vital service to just anyone.
At Inland Liferaft and Marine, we have been servicing liferafts and marine safety equipment for over 20 years and our service technicians are qualified and regularly trained under strict factory procedures.
Annual Liferaft Servicing Procedure
- The container is opened and the liferaft is removed for inspection
- The Co2/N2 cylinder is removed for later inspection and weight tested
- A detailed inspection is performed while unfolding the liferaft to identify any damage or deterioration of fabric or adhesive
- The raft is filled with dry, compressed air to it's proper inflation pressure and the pressure relief valves are tested at this time to confirm proper operation,
- The liferaft is further inflated to stretch the fabric and the seams are again inspected for any signs of deterioration prior to pressure testing the air chambers. As well, all attachments are also inspected at this time.
- The air chambers are then pressure tested in a temperature controlled environment and under the strict guidelines of the manufacturer
- The equipment packs are then checked and all expired items, replaced. At this point the Co2 cylinder is inspected, weighed and hydrostatically tested, if necessary.
- Transport Canada approved liferafts must undergo additional testing after 10 years of service. These tests include a necessary air pressure test, a floor seam test and with most rafts, the Co2 system must undergo an operational inflation every 5 years.