PALFINGER: The Ultimate LSA Service


When it comes to knowledge and competence concerning LSA, no one matches PALFINGER – with its level of service, commitment, and dedication guaranteed by PALFINGER’s service experts. 

Five years ago, PALFINGER took over Harding Safety (former Schat-Harding). This is the same period as the five-year cycle the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) requires lifesaving appliances (LSA) to be thoroughly serviced in addition to the mandatory annual inspection. Yet only if it is maintained according to the highest standards as guaranteed by PALFINGER can shipowners fully rely on it. 


“Life is priceless” says Gunther Fleck, Vice President Sales & Service Region Marine at PALFINGER. This is why it is mandatory to take care of lifesaving appliances (LSA) in time and – more importantly – to entrust this responsibility to the right address. According to MSC.402(96), LSA aboard ships must be inspected on an annual basis and undergo a thorough inspection every five years. Needless to say, the regulation requires these annual and 5-yearly inspections to be carried out by a certified party – or, in other words, an Authorized Service Provider (ASP).


“When the next inspection of the LSA is due, it is essential you turn to an Authorized Service Provider like PALFINGER. Not only can we offer a competitive price but we also guarantee an impeccable service for PALFINGER LSA – which also covers 25+ other brands owned by PALFINGER – and LSA equipment of almost all other Original Equipment Manufactures (OEM), because the service is carried out by our experienced engineers,” Fleck points out. 


Unmatched Knowledge
Five years ago, PALFINGER accquired Harding Safety, one of the world’s leading suppliers of LSA and lifecycle services for the marine and offshore industry. The company’s renowned expertise and advanced technology is now an integral part of the PALFINGER range of products and services. When it comes to knowledge and competence concerning LSA, no one matches PALFINGER – with its level of service, commitment, and dedication guaranteed by PALFINGER’s service experts.


“During the service, our experts inspect the equipment down to the smallest detail”, Gunther Fleck explains. The examination includes the material itself as well as the functionallity of the equipment. If anything does not comply with the standards as defined by the MSC or does not meet PALFINGER’s standards, it will be replaced using original parts. “Only if LSA is maintained according to the manufacturer’s highest standards, shipowners and passengers can fully rely on it”, Fleck points out.


The Best Service Available
Because the acquisition took place five years ago – the same period as one major service cycle – PALFINGER reminds all its customers as well as all former customers of Harding Safety worldwide to rely on the best service available whether it concerns LSA of PALFINGER or any other OEM. Choosing PALFINGER means focusing on safety and minimizing risk. 




As a global partner for innovative and reliable deck equipment and lifesaving appliances, PALFINGER's marine business supplies high-quality products to fulfill standardized and customized demands. Supported worldwide by a network of experienced and skilled specialists, we provide flexible and efficient service solutions. Our portfolio gives a competitive edge for customers in the maritime and offshore industry.


The international mechanical engineering firm of PALFINGER is the global leader for innovative crane and lifting solutions. With a workforce of approximately 10,800, 34 manufacturing sites and a worldwide network of dealerships and service centers at over 5,000 locations, PALFINGER is always close to the customer.

As the leader in its engineering field, the company aims to ensure its partners’ business success in the long term by providing solutions and products that remain economically and ecologically viable in the future. Its broad product and model portfolio allow PALFINGER to take digitalization and the deployment of artificial intelligence to new levels.

As a global company with strong roots in its home region, PALFINGER is convinced that thinking and acting in the interest of sustainability plays a vital role in successful business operations. That is why the company assumes social, ecological and economic responsibility along the entire value chain.

PALFINGER AG has been listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since 1999 and in 2020 achieved a revenue of EUR 1.53 billion.

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Eva-Maria Wimmer | Marketing & Communication | PALFINGER MARINE
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