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Recipient Name
Ensure that RFD, and other liferaft manufacturers:

• provide painter securing instructions that reflect the use of a weak link as part of a float free system

• issue clear and unequivocal installation instructions to accompany each liferaft

• Maritime New Zealand to promote the use of manufacturers designed liferaft cradles where available.
Reply Text
Liferaft service stations are currently addressing this issue through presentations at Surveyors Seminars. This will be completed by mid-April 2008. MNZ will issue a Safety Bulletin by the end of May 2008 covering the matters raised in this recommendation. Liferaft service stations will be required to issue this Service Bulletin with all serviced liferafts. MNZ will monitor this process through our regular audits of liferaft service stations.
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