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The following are frequently asked questions in regards to Dockside Machine & Ship Repair’s qualifications for inspecting and servicing lifeboats and davits.  Should you require clarifications or additional information, please do not hesitate in contacting us.


  1. What do you believe your company can offer in support of its service and spare parts distribution network?

Reputation: Dockside Machine & Ship Repair has been providing quality and reliable service to vessels calling on the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach since 1946.

Depth: We are the largest ship repair company in the LA/LB area and have the greatest depth in regards to full time mechanics and welders.  We have facilities and maintain full time mechanics within 15 minutes of any berth in the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach.

Certification: Our management team includes US Coast Guard licensed marine engineers for ocean going vessels of unlimited horsepower.  Our service engineers have extensive experience in all types of lifeboats, release gear, davits, and winches, and are certified service technicians for several other manufacturers. Our welders are certified with the US Coast Guard, the American Bureau of Shipping, Germanischer Lloyd, and Lloyd’s Register.


  1. Describe your business operations and organizational structure.

a) We provide service 24 hours-a-day, all year long and have multiple Supervisors on-call at all times. Our repair     personnel are used to responding at anytime.

b) Our business includes a ship repair division, industrial repair division, crane repair division, and full service     Machine & Fabrications Shops.


  1. How many years has your company been in existence?

Dockside Machine & Ship Repair started business in 1946.  It was purchased by the parent company Marine Technical Services in 2001.  MTS has been in business since 1989.


  1. Will your Service Engineers travel?

Arrangements can be made for our Service Engineers travel to any port in the USA.


  1. How many years have your company provided services to lifeboats and davit/winch systems?

The company has provided this service for over 60 years, since 1946.  Our current Service Engineers have over 120 years of combined field service experience.


  1. Which lifeboat / davit manufacturer’s products have you worked on? 

We have worked on products from the following manufacturers (in alphabetical order):


Dae Ryuk Machinery

Dongnam Marine Crane       

Dong Woo Machinery

Ernst Hateke

Fr. Fassmer GmbH


IHI Marine United

Jiangyin Xinjiang


Manabe Zoki

Mansei Industry Co.

Marine Safety Equipment

Miura Machine

Nishi-F Co.


Orienetal Precision & Eng.

Sekigahara Seisakusho

Shigi Shipbuilding

Tsuji Heavy Industries

Tsuneishi Forestry Const.

Umoe Schat-Harding

Wuxi Hai Hong Boat Making

Zhenjiang Marine Machine


  1. Give details of all other companies that you represent either in respect of selling their products or in providing services to those products.

            We are currently the authorized service center for the following lifeboat/davit systems:


Behai  (Qingdao)

Dongnam Marine Crane 

Jiangyin Xinjiang       

Manabe Zoki

Mansei Industry Co.

Miura Machine

Nishi-F Co.                          

Oriental Precision & Eng.

Shigi Shipbuilding,

Tsuneishi Forestry Const.

Sekigahara Seisakusho

Wuxi Hai Hong Boat Making

Zhenjiang Marine Machine




  1. Do you issue service reports with inspection check-off lists?

Yes, each lifeboat or davit inspected will be inspected per International Maritime Organization’s “Measures to Prevent Accidents with Lifeboats” (MSC.1/Circ.1206).

Each piece of equipment, upon satisfactory inspection, will be issued an Annual Inspection or Five-Year Inspection Certificate, as the case may be.


  1. Do you have the equipment & men to weight test Lifeboats & Davits?

Yes, we own a complete set if water weights and the associated support equipment to safely weight test lifeboats
at 1.1 times their rated load capacity.


  1. Have your service personnel attended any industry approved offshore training course? 

Yes, all of our Service Engineers have attended training courses at many of the original equipment manufacturer’s facilities.   


  1. Does your company have a Quality Control Manual?

Our Service Engineers perform to the requirements of our published 30-page Quality Control Manual for
The Inspection & Repairs of Lifeboats, Davits & Associated Equipment
which covers all aspects of the inspection process.



  1. Describe your workshop facilities.

            Our facilities include Machine Shops with large and precision lathes, horizontal and   

            vertical milling machines, as well as broaching, line boring, drilling and pressing

            capabilities.  Our Weld Shops include capabilities for all types of welding and cutting:

            including carbon arc, CUNI, stainless steel, aluminum, cast iron, MIG, TIG, plasma

            cutting, and wire feed operations.  Our Hydraulic Shop handles all types of actuators and

            piston rod reconditioning, including the ability to hydrostatically test up to 10,000 psi.

  1. Describe types of product training and certification of each service engineer employed by your company.  Each service engineer attains company training via:

              a) General Safety Training including forklift, firefighting, rigging, material handling, etc.

              b) Specific product training as required by the equipment manufacturer, and

              c)  On the job training by experienced Supervisors and journeymen.

              d)  Company maintains records for all Service Engineers & equipment they worked on.