Be 100% sure your ship’s elevator is safe

In case of an accident with a marine elevator that you own, you could be held liable due to negligence. Your insurance company will not honour your claim for damages either.


What is negligence?

The purposeful removal of safety lines by the crew to make a marine elevator operational again is a form of negligence. Hiring a service company with a questionable reputation is another; your insurer’s likely response will be: as an owner you should have known the risk.


Rather be safe than liable

We therefore strongly recommend you have all service work and annual inspections performed regularly, by a renowned company that can formally prove its quality of work.

The cost will not be much higher, so why take the risk?

An interesting fact regarding liability: there is no prerequisite or condition that you must have service or repair work performed by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). As long as the service company you use can formally prove its professionalism, you are 100% safe.

There are no clear standards for marine elevator service companies either; land-based elevator companies are required to comply with set standards and codes. At Mr. Marine Elevator we chose to follow land-based elevator rules.

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Maritime Vessel Elevator

The following requirements apply to marine elevator service companies

  • The elevator owner (not the maker) must give permission for the service company to work on an elevator
  • Technicians need to be competent and formally trained
  • The service company must be ISO 9001 certified
  • The service company must have clear safety instructions and support for technicians
  • Maintenance instructions in the elevator manual to be followed strictly
  • Flag State certifications and rules must be followed
  • The service company must have method statements and risk assessment documents for each maintenance activity.


To provide our customers with extra peace of mind, we have added some additional marine standards to the set requirements:

  • Formalised business processes (ISO 9001)
  • Work according to ISO 8383 and NEN-EN-81/1
  • Liability insurance covering the world including USA/Canada for vessels and offshore platforms, up to Euro 3,5 million per incident
  • All technicians must have a nationally recognised diploma in servicing elevators or at least 10 years of experience in the field
  • All technicians must have a nationally recognised safety passport
  • NOGEPA, OPITO and/or HUET diplomas are required for offshore work.


Contact our team for additional information! We are at your disposal 24/7.