Get approval as an independent lifeboat servicing and testing organisation (ILSTO)

Apply to a UK recognised organisation (classification society) to get approval as an independent lifeboat servicing and testing organisation (ILSTO).

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) no longer approves ILSTOs.

You need approval if you want to service and test lifeboats, rigid rescue boats, launching appliances and on-load release gear aboard UK-registered ships.

Original equipment manufacturers

You don’t need approval if you’re the original equipment manufacturer or one of their representatives. However, you still need approval if you want to work on equipment built by other manufacturers.

Existing ILSTOs

You can continue working as an ILSTO, but you’ll also need to apply to a UK recognised organisation when your approval needs renewing.

Approval procedures

Contact your recognised organisation for details of their approvals procedures.

Further information

For more information about becoming an ILSTO contact the MCAMarine Technology Branch.

Marine Technology Branch
infoline@mcga.gov.uk
Telephone: 023 8032 9100
Fax: 023 8032 9104
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Marine Technology Branch
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Bay 2/27
Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
Southampton
SO15 1EG

 

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