What happens during a liferaft service?


  • Liferaft is received and registered
  • Logbook in the liferaft is completed (proof that the liferaft has been opened and tested)
  • Inspection is performed using the VIKING approved inspection checklist
  • Certificate of re-inspection is issued
  • Full documentation for service is archived according to regulations
  • Detailed invoice is issued


  • Container is opened and the inflation system dismounted
  • Liferaft is removed from the container
  • Container shell is cleaned and fiberglass is repaired if needed
  • Container is relabelled
  • Liferaft is inspected inside and out
  • Emergency pack in checked and items replaced if expired according to regulations
  • Liferaft equipment is inspected and replaced if needed
  • Cylinder operating head, valve, knife and release wire is inspected
  • Inflations systems and high pressure hoses are inspected
  • CO2 cylinder is checked for correct content level
  • Liferaft is deflated, repacked in the container and prepared for dispatch


  • Liferaft is inflated with compressed air and pressure tested including a 60 min. working pressure test of the lower buoyancy chamber, upper buoyancy chamber and arch chamber
  • If the liferaft is equipped with an inflatable floor, this is pressure tested for 60 min.

Liferaft is subjected to specific tests at various intervals according to international regulations.

  • Gas inflation stress test (GI) is conducted every 5 years using the liferaft’s own CO2 cylinder to inflate the liferaft
  • Necessary additional pressure test (NAP) at double the working pressure rate is conducted at 11 years end then annually thereafter
  • Floor seam test (FS) is performed to check the seams of the internal floor and is conducted at 10 years and then annually  

To book a liferaft service with us, contact your local VIKING branch office and we will take care of the whole process.