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.
You can continue working as an ILSTO, but you’ll also need to apply to a UK recognised organisation when your approval needs renewing.
Contact your recognised organisation for details of their approvals procedures.
For more information about becoming an ILSTO contact the MCAMarine Technology Branch.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
105 Commercial Road