We emailed Pesbo on August 28, 2007 regarding issues raised in the Valparaiso Star incident:
“The Bahamas Maritime Administration report raises questions regarding the self-righting ability of the boat, the water-tightness of the side-hatches and the design of the on-load release hook – in particular the visibility of the security brake.
Does Pesbo have a view about those concerns? ”
The companies response is as follows:
“First of all sorry for late replay due to summer holidays.
REfer to the accident on the Valparaiso Star, pls note that we were not allowed to inspect the lifeboat after the accident and therefore we were unable to report on this matter.
Notwithstanding all PESBO lifeboats comply with the regulations and type approval at the time of delivery. Lack of maintenance, hull damages and others may change the lifeboat’s capabilities.”