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. 


The ultimate

LSA service


The international mechanical engineering company PALFINGER is the world's leading provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions. As a global partner for pioneering and reliable deck equipment and lifesaving appliances, PALFINGER MARINE 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.



PALFINGER is an international technology and mechanical engineering company and the world's leading producer and provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions. With around 12,700 employees (without contingent workers.), more than 30 manufacturing sites and a worldwide sales and service network of around 5,000 service points, PALFINGER creates added value from the challenges of its customers. PALFINGER is consistently continuing on its course as a provider of innovative, complete solutions that deliver increased efficiency and better operability, while leveraging the potential of digitalization along the entire production and value chain. 

PALFINGER AG has been listed on the Vienna stock exchange since 1999, and in 2022 achieved record revenue of EUR 2.23 billion.

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Eva-Maria Wimmer | Marketing & Communication | PALFINGER MARINE
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