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Personal Flotation Devices & Lights

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NOTE:  Vessel operators are required to carry USCG Approved PFDs, but unapproved PFDs may be carried and used as additional equipment on recreational boats (and some commercial vessels).  Therefore, unapproved flotation devices may be sold and used unless prohibited on your class of inspected vessel.


APPROVAL GUIDANCE FOR COMMERCIAL PFDs:

APPROVAL
CATEGORY
EQUIPMENT

MRA
APPROVED

160.002
KAPOK LIFE PRESERVER NO
160.003
CORK LIFE PRESERVER (OBSOLETE)
NO
160.004 BALSA WOOD PFD (OBSOLETE) NO
160.005 FIBROUS GLASS PFD NO
160.053 UNICELLULAR PLASTIC FOAM WORK VEST NO
160.055 UNICELLULAR PLASTIC FOAM PFD NO
160.077 HYBRID INFLATABLE PFD NO
160.155 LIFEJACKET (SOLAS) NO
160.176 INFLATABLE LIFEJACKET (SOLAS) NO

APPROVAL GUIDANCE FOR RECREATIONAL PFDs:

APPROVAL
CATEGORY
EQUIPMENT

MRA
APPROVED

160.047
KAPOK BUOYANT VEST
NO
160.052
UNICELLULAR PLASTIC FOAM BUOYANT VEST
NO
160.060
UNICELLULAR POLYETHYLENE FOAM BUOYANT VEST
NO
160.064
MARINE BUOYANT DEVICE
NO
160.076
RECREATIONAL INFLATABLE PFD
NO
160.077
HYBRID INFLATABLE PFD
NO

APPROVAL GUIDANCE FOR LIGHTS:

APPROVAL
CATEGORY
EQUIPMENT

MRA
APPROVED

161.012
LIFEJACKET LIGHT
NO
161.112
LIFEJACKET LIGHT (SOLAS)
NO
161.101
POSITION INDICATING LIGHT (SOLAS)
NO


KAPOK LIFE PRESERVER


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.002

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  This Type I PFD is approved by the Coast Guard.  See COMMERCIAL PFD/LIFEJACKET APPROVAL for the information on the approval process.

CORK LIFE PRESERVER


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.003

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  THIS ITEM IS NO LONGER APPROVED.

BALSA WOOD LIFE PRESERVER


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.004

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  THIS ITEM IS NO LONGER APPROVED.

FIBROUS GLASS LIFE PRESERVER, JACKET TYPE


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.005

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  This Type I PFD is approved by the Coast Guard.  See COMMERCIAL PFD/LIFEJACKET APPROVAL for the information on the approval process.

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UNICELLULAR PLASTIC FOAM WORK VEST


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.053

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  Type V Buoyant Work Vest PFDs are approved either by the Coast Guard or a Recognized Laboratory in accordance with Underwriters Laboratory Standard UL 1123.  See COMMERCIAL PFD/LIFEJACKET APPROVAL for the information on the approval process.
 
Follow-up Inspection:  Unless also listed by the laboratory, work vests are not subject to the same production oversight procedures as either commercial or recreational PFDs.

Frequency of Inspection:  Random inspections are conducted by Coast Guard representatives.  Any of these inspections must show that the inspections and tests employed by the manufacturer are maintaining the quality of the product.

LINKSINFLATABLE WORKVEST GUIDANCE

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UNICELLULAR PLASTIC FOAM LIFE PRESERVER


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.055

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  This Type I PFD is approved by the Coast Guard.  See COMMERCIAL PFD/LIFEJACKET APPROVAL for the information on the approval process.

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HYBRID INFLATABLE PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (Commercial)


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.077
 
APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  Type I, II, III, & V Hybrid PFDs are approved in accordance with Underwriters Laboratory Standard UL 1517 and USCG subpart.  (Note: UL 1517 is not current with the latest revision of the USCG subpart 160.077.  The primary difference is that the subpart was updated to include child and youth size hybrid PFDs, which the UL standard has not yet included.)  See COMMERCIAL PFD/LIFEJACKET APPROVAL for the information on the approval process.

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LIFEJACKET (SOLAS)


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.155

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  This Type I PFD is approved by the Coast Guard per its interpretation of the IMO SOLAS requirements in the Life Saving Appliance (LSA) Code.  See the LSA Code and COMMERCIAL PFD/LIFEJACKET APPROVAL for the information on the approval process.

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INFLATABLE LIFEJACKET (SOLAS)


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.176

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  This Type I PFD is approved by the Coast Guard per its interpretation of the IMO SOLAS requirements in the LSA Code.  See the LSA Code and COMMERCIAL PFD/LIFEJACKET APPROVAL for the information on the approval process.

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KAPOK BUOYANT VEST


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.047

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  This Type II PFD is approved by a Recognized Laboratory in accordance with Underwriters Laboratory Standards UL 1177 and UL 1123.

SUBMITTAL PACKAGE:  The initial submittal is usually made directly to the Recognized Laboratory.  See RECREATIONAL PFD APPROVAL for the information on the approval process.

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UNICELLULAR PLASTIC FOAM BUOYANT VEST


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.052
 
APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  This Type II PFD is approved by a Recognized Laboratory in accordance with Underwriters Laboratory Standards UL 1177 and UL 1123.

SUBMITTAL PACKAGE:  The initial submittal is usually made directly to the Recognized Laboratory.  See RECREATIONAL PFD APPROVAL for the information on the approval process.

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UNICELLULAR POLYETHYLENE FOAM BUOYANT VEST


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.060
 
APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  This Type II PFD is approved by a Recognized Laboratory in accordance with Underwriters Laboratory Standards UL 1177 and UL 1123.

SUBMITTAL PACKAGE:  The initial submittal is usually made directly to the Recognized Laboratory.  See RECREATIONAL PFD APPROVAL for the information on the approval process.

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MARINE BUOYANT DEVICE


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.064
 
APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  Type II, III, IV, & V Marine Buoyant Device PFDs are approved by a Recognized Laboratory in accordance with Underwriters Laboratory Standard UL 1123.

SUBMITTAL PACKAGE:  The initial submittal is usually made directly to the Recognized Laboratory.  See RECREATIONAL PFD APPROVAL for the information on the approval process.

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RECREATIONAL INFLATABLE PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.076
 
APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  Type I, II, III, & V Inflatable Recreational PFDs are approved by a Recognized Laboratory in accordance with Underwriters Laboratory Standard UL 1180.

SUBMITTAL PACKAGE:  The initial submittal is usually made directly to the Recognized Laboratory.  See RECREATIONAL PFD APPROVAL for the information on the approval process.

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HYBRID INFLATABLE PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE (Recreational)


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.077

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  Type I, II, III, & V Hybrid PFDs are approved by a Recognized Laboratory in accordance with Underwriters Laboratory Standard UL 1517.

SUBMITTAL PACKAGE:  The initial submittal is usually made directly to the Recognized Laboratory.  See RECREATIONAL PFD APPROVAL for the information on the approval process.

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LIFEJACKET LIGHT


APPROVAL CATEGORY: 161.012
 
APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION: See 46 CFR 161.012. The Coast Guard does not test materials or systems for approval but rather specifies the required test methods and minimum performance criteria for approval. The testing must be performed on the product by a Coast Guard Accepted Independent Laboratory.
 
SUBMITTAL PACKAGE: Please submit the following information in the Submittal Package:

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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LIFEJACKET LIGHT (SOLAS)


APPROVAL CATEGORY: 161.112
 
APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION: See the below link on approval guidance. The Coast Guard will review approval applications for lifejacket light (SOLAS) complying with IMO Lifesaving Appliance Code and IMO Res. MSC. 81(70).  The Coast Guard does not test materials or systems for approval but rather specifies the required test methods and minimum performance criteria for approval. The testing must be performed on the product by a Coast Guard Accepted Independent Laboratory.

LINKS: LIFEJACKET LIGHT APPROVAL GUIDANCE (SOLAS )
 
SUBMITTAL PACKAGE: Please submit the following information in the Submittal Package:

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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POSITION-INDICATING LIGHT FOR SURVIVAL CRAFT

 
APPROVAL CATEGORY:  161.101

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION: See the below link on approval guidance.  The Coast Guard will review approval applications for Position-Indicating Light for Survival Craft complying with SOLAS-IMO LSA Code (Res. MSC.48(66), and IMO Res.A.689 (as amended through Res. MSC.81(70)). 
 
The Coast Guard does not test materials or systems for approval but rather specifies the required test methods and minimum performance criteria for approval. The testing must be performed on the product by a Coast Guard Accepted Independent Laboratory.
 
LINKS: POSITION-INDICATING LIGHT FOR SURVIVAL CRAFT
 
SUBMITTAL PACKAGE: Please submit the following information in the Submittal Package:

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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