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Life jacket inspection

Our team of experienced service employees inspects life jackets for commercial shipping on a daily basis. This makes them seasoned inspectors who know exactly what to look out for. Jacobs LifeSaving always delivers your life jackets to you in perfect condition. This ensures that you are well prepared for the departure.

Inspecting life jackets for commercial shipping

Jacobs LifeSaving’s service is recognized by important national and international maritime authorities, such as the Dutch Shipping Inspectorate and ClassNK. In addition, we are certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2015. This demonstrates our competence in conducting professional lifejacket inspections.

Life jackets for commercial shipping must be inspected once a year. When the life jackets arrive at Jacobs LifeSaving, they are the first to be subjected to a visual inspection. For example, we check whether all parts are still in good condition and whether they function properly. When everything is up to standard, the life jacket is approved and ready to be returned to the customer.

If the life jacket is rejected, worn parts will be replaced or repaired. When damage is too serious or the life jacket is older than 15 years, the life jacket must be replaced.

It is then checked whether the pressure in the life jacket is still up to standard. If this is not the case, the life jackets where this is necessary will return the pressure to the correct level. This way all your life jackets have their optimal buoyancy again and are ready to save lives.

When the inspection is completed and all life jackets have been approved, we return them to the ship.

The inspection process

Step 1....

Through a visual inspection, it is checked whether all parts are still in good condition and function properly.


Step 2....

If necessary, worn parts are replaced or repaired. Life jackets that are severely damaged or are older than 15 years should be replaced.


Step 3....

In the last part of the inspection, the life jackets are pressurized to the correct level, after which the life jackets are returned to the ship.

Inspection of life jackets

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Our philosophy

Life jacket inspection is not an amateurish affair. Jacobs Lifesaving guarantees you professional and qualitative service of your life-saving equipment. Service you can count on, carried out by authorized employees.

Our service area

We will collect the life jackets from you at the ports below and return it to you after the inspection

Port of Rotterdam

Port of Antwerpen

Port of Amsterdam

Port of Vlissingen

Port of Dordrecht

Port of IJmuiden


Port of Terneuzen

Port of Zeebruggen

Port of Gent

Port of Duinkerke

Port of Calais

Port of Le Havre

Port of Rouen

Port of Caen

Port of Brest


Port of Hamburg

Port of Rostock

Port of Aalborg

Port of Marseille

Port of Bordeaux













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Frequently asked questions

How often do I have to have my life jackets inspected?

A life jacket for commercial shipping must be inspected every year at a recognized service station.

How far in advance do I have to schedule an inspection?

We are a small and flexible company. Because of this, we are able to shift quickly. We prefer to receive an inspection request as early as possible, but of course everything depends on the planning of the ship. Scheduling an inspection can be done ranging from months in advance up to (and including) 24 hours before the ship departs, provided logistics allow this. Sufficient time is needed to get the life rafts off-board, inspect them and return them safely.

At which locations do you inspect?

In principle, our services are not location-bound, but in practice our service area extends from Northern Denmark to Southern France. Additionally, customization is possible in some cases, although the travel time required for this can be of hindrance.

Which brands do you inspect?

We inspect all sorts of brands of life jackets.