Survitec Achieves Important ISO Certification For Lifeboat Training

Survitec, the global survival technology solutions provider, has become one of the first maritime safety companies to achieve ISO 23678:2022 1-4 certification. This standard was introduced in 2022 to establish the uniform and consistent training of personnel involved in lifeboat inspection.

Achieving ISO 23678 certification was a key factor in Survitec receiving renewed approval for the maintenance, inspection and testing of lifeboats on vessels operating under Lloyd’s Register (LR) classification.

“By adhering to the stringent principles incorporated into the ISO 23678 standard, we have significantly broadened our scope of certification, enabling qualified and certified technicians to inspect, maintain and test an increasingly extensive range of equipment supplied by an array of different manufacturers,” said Matt Macfarlane, head of service operations at Survitec.

Survitec’s Marine Training Academy (MTA) successfully received certification to the new ISO training standard. Simultaneously, the company also developed a new internal, dynamic database tool to facilitate technician competence tracking, ensure compliance with certification requirements and align with audit standards.

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“We are delighted to have received this certification as ISO 23678 delivers greater assurance to classification surveyors and flag states and reinforces our commitment to delivering a high-quality service to all our customers,” said Paul Watkins, Survitec’s regulatory and compliance manager.

ISO 23678 has streamlined the requirements and standardised certification training to ensure all technicians are competent, certified and qualified by an authorized body.

Macfarlane added, “The ISO standard has the potential to significantly improve maritime safety globally through the standardized certification of service technicians to ensure all technicians are competent, certified and qualified by an authorized body.

“As the largest company to achieve this standard, we see great benefit to the industry, and we call on regulators to adopt it to significantly enhance safety standards.”

Survitec, a global survival technology leader to the maritime, defense and government, aerospace and energy sectors, has more than 3,000 employees worldwide, covering 11 manufacturing facilities and 400 service centers.