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160.075 EVACUATION SLIDE FOR DOMESTIC SERVICE NO
160.175 MARINE EVACUATION SYSTEM (SOLAS) YES

EVACUATION SLIDE FOR DOMESTIC SERVICE

APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.075

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  Evacuation equipment approved under 160.075 are for vessels with freeboards to the embarkation deck of 3 meters or less that are engaged in domestic voyages.  The systems approved under this category are similar in many respects to the SOLAS-compliant systems. However, because they are optional, the USCG does not require multiple compartmentation in the inflatable chambers, and they are not required to be subjected to the heavy weather sea trial and most severe structural tests which apply to the SOLAS systems.  Currently approvals are based upon the following test program:

  1. Cold inflation test per resolution A.689(17) paragraph 5.17.5
  2. Hot inflation test per resolution A.689(17) paragraph 5.17.6
  3. Three overpressure test per resolution A.689(17) paragraph 5.17.7
  4. A deployment test from the maximum allowable freeboard to demonstrate the satisfactory operation of the system and that it can be deployed by one person
  5. Timed evacuation test to demonstrate that the slide does not adversely affect compliance with the 30 minute evacuation time requirement

SUBMITTAL PACKAGE:  Please submit the following information in the Submittal Package:

  1. A cover letter requesting Coast Guard Type Approval of the equipment.
  2. A test report from the Accepted Independent Laboratory showing that the evacuation slide complies with the above tests.
  3. Evidence that an acceptable follow-up factory inspection program with the Accepted Independent Laboratory is in place.
  4. Instruction manual(s).
  5. Drawings and plans of the equipment in the stowed position and in the deployed position.

Please send the Submittal Package and other related information to the following address:

Commandant (CG-ENG-4)
U.S. Coast Guard Stop 7509
2703 Martin Luther King Ave Jr SE
Washington, DC 20593-7509

Once the equipment has been approved by this office, it will receive Coast Guard Type Approval and a Certificate of Approval (COA).  The COA will be issued for 5 years and will remain valid during that time period if the product meets the testing of the Quality Control Program.

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MARINE EVACUATION SYSTEM (SOLAS)

APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.175

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION: See LSA Code and IMO Recommendation on Testing.  Production testing is similar to the testing conducted for inflatable liferafts.

US/EC MUTUAL RECOGNITION AGREEMENT (MRA):  This product can be approved under the US/EC Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) on marine equipment.

SUBMITTAL PACKAGE:  Please submit the follow information in the Submittal Package:

  1. A cover letter requesting Coast Guard Type Approval of the equipment.
  2. A test report from the Accepted Independent Laboratory showing compliance of the equipment with the applicable LSA Code and the IMO Recommendation on Testing.
  3. Evidence that an acceptable follow-up factory inspection program with the Accepted Independent Laboratory is in place.
  4. Instruction manual(s).
  5. Drawings and plans of the equipment in the stowed position and in the deployed position.

Please send the Submittal Package and other related information to the following address:

Commandant (CG-ENG-4)
U.S. Coast Guard Stop 7509
2703 Martin Luther King Ave Jr SE
Washington, DC 20593-7509

Once the equipment has been approved by this office, it will receive Coast Guard Type Approval and a Certificate of Approval (COA).  The COA will be issued for 5 years and will remain valid during that time period if the product meets the testing of the Quality Control Program.

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