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ARA Marine specialises in lifeboats, fast rescue craft, rescue boats, davits, winches, hooks and life raft servicing.

Industry leaders in inspecting, testing, servicing, maintaining and recertifying, our partner service providers are maker, class and flag approved, which enables us to assist with all lifeboat brands.

Lifeboats are an essential part of crew safety in an emergency. To keep the lifeboats and launching appliances updated in functional condition for immediate operation, routine checks and maintenance must be done. International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) requires and sets the standards for lifeboat inspection services to be conducted by shore service technicians. For more information, please see our Class Guideline reference for maintenance of safety equipment.

Inspections, repair, maintenance, overhaul and certification

ARA Marine provides a full range of lifeboat inspection and repair services compliant to SOLAS chapter III, which mentions the need for servicing, annual and thorough five-yearly inspection. Our partner service providers are maker, class and flag approved, which enables us to assist with any brand of lifeboats.


  • Annual and five-yearly inspection of lifeboats and davit
  • Interlock troubleshooting
  • Pre-AMSA inspection
  • Hook modification and re-hooking
  • Engine troubleshooting and repair
  • Hull repair
  • Spare parts

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Hull repairs

A lifeboat’s hull can encounter damage due to many reasons ranging from rough sea to accidents. These include the complete collapse of the boat’s fiberglass superstructure and structural crack on the hull. As per AMSA 2019 PSC report, deficiency of lifesaving appliances accounts for 14.7 per cent of all the detentions handed to vessels.

Structural damage of the lifeboat’s hull results in the non-conformity of the lifesaving appliance straight away and restricts the vessel to sail out on time. To ensure that your vessel is back to commercial operation, ARA Marine can mobilise without delays to carry out an extensively damaged repair, including damage to the fibreglass hull superstructure.

On completion of the repairs, the lifeboat will be inspected, or load tested – based on the extent of the damage /repair – as per the requirement of the maker, class, and flag.

ARA Marine provides hull repairs at ports in Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle, Port Kembla, Gladstone, Melbourne, Perth, and Port Hedland.

Load testing

Our team have the skills and equipment to conduct load testing for deck cranes and other lifting appliances.

Hydrostatic interlock servicing

A lifeboat hook mechanism defect is one of the most common faults that require immediate attendance for vessel seaworthiness. ARA Marine provides fast and efficient repairs and servicing to solve defective lifeboat hook mechanisms.

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Winches and hooks

Our team has the skills and equipment to conduct thorough inspections, services and certifications of winches and hooks.

Life rafts

We sell and rent a wide range of life rafts for commercial vessels, fishing vessels, passenger vessels, and offshore industry. All life rafts are compliant to SOLAS and coastal requirements and come with cradle.

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Life jacket and immersion suit

We supply a wide range of life jackets and immersion suits.

Life saving appliances

Industry leaders in inspecting, testing, servicing, maintaining, and recertifying, ARA Marine specialises in lifeboats, fast rescue craft (FRC), rescue boats, davits, winches, hook and liferaft servicing.

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Lifeboats, fast rescue craft and rescue boats

  • Annual and five yearly inspections by OEM qualified service technicians
  • System load testing as per class society/ flag state requirements
  • Function testing of release hooks and winch mechanism
  • Lifeboat cylinder testing, refills, and replacement
  • Repair, overhaul, and recertification of damaged equipment

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Our service team is available 24/7 to attend to any lifeboat and davit services required. Please email or contact 1800 003 473 (24 hrs hotline).


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Specialised Marine Services

ARA Marine has fully equipped facilities and highly trained and accredited service technicians located around Australia. In addition, ARA Marine has a team of mobile service technicians who are on-call 24/7 for deployment throughout Australia, New Zealand and into the Pacific. 

Fire fighting systems and equipment

ARA Marine has extensive capability in servicing, maintaining and supplying fire fighting systems and equipment.

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Pressure vessels, relief valves and mechanical equipment

ARA Marine exceeds the demands of today’s quality-conscious customer and provides the highest level of testing and certification services.

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Ships, boats and davits

ARA Marine provides ship, boat, and davit inspection and repair services compliant to IMO MSC 402(96) and SOLAS Chapter III which require five yearly inspections.

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Ship repair and underwater services

ARA Marine provides comprehensive ship repair and underwater services for marine engines and underwater inspections and repairs.

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Hyperbaric / Breathing air systems

ARA Marine is a leader in hyperbaric services. Our hyperbaric technicians are OEM accredited and experienced in the inspection, testing, service, maintenance, and certification of breathing air compressors and breathing apparatus onshore and offshore.

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Marine electrical and automation

ARA Marine provides comprehensive electrical solutions for marine power generation, power distribution and automation control.

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Industry Specialisation

ARA Marine provides specialty marine safety services, technical support and engineering solutions to the commercial shipping, yacht, and offshore maritime industry in 16 major Australian ports.

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Oil and gas

ARA Marine provides the oil and gas industry with the highest standard of inspection, testing, service, maintenance, certification, and project and asset management for critical safety equipment.



ARA Marine has extensive experience in the defence industry. Our experienced personnel have an in-depth knowledge of how the Department of Defence operates and understand the Department’s unique and stringent work requirements.



ARA Marine operates in a variety of industrial areas and environments including mining, resources, gas plants, refineries, power stations, wineries and agriculture.

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Commercial vessels

ARA Marine is a well-known and respected name in the commercial vessel industry. We are renowned for high-quality work, service excellence and in-depth knowledge that is unrivalled in safety.