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THROWABLE PFDs (Ring Life Buoys & Buoyant Cushions)

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APPROVAL GUIDANCE

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 EQUIPMENT MRA
APPROVAL
160.009 RING LIFE BUOY (CORK/BALSA WOOD) (OBSOLETE)  NO
160.048 KAPOK OR FIBROUS GLASS BUOYANT CUSHION NO
160.049 PLASTIC FOAM BUOYANT CUSHION  NO
160.050 UNICELLULAR PLASTIC LIFE RING BUOY NO
160.150 RING LIFE BUOY (SOLAS)  NO


RING LIFE BUOY (CORK or BALSA WOOD)


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.009

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


KAPOK OR FIBROUS GLASS BUOYANT CUSHION


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.048

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  See 46 CFR 160.048.  The Coast Guard does not test materials or systems for approval but rather specifies the required test methods and minimum performance criteria for approval.  Product testing must be performed by a Coast Guard Accepted Independent Laboratory.

SUBMITTAL PACKAGE:  Please submit the follow 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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PLASTIC FOAM BUOYANT CUSHION


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.049

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  See 46 CFR 160.049.  The Coast Guard does not test materials or systems for approval but rather specifies the required test methods and minimum performance criteria for approval.  Product testing must be performed by a Coast Guard Accepted Independent Laboratory.

SUBMITTAL PACKAGE:  Please submit the follow 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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UNICELLULAR PLASTIC LIFE RING BUOY


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.050

APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  See 46 CFR 160.050.  The Coast Guard does not test materials or systems for approval but rather specifies the required test methods and minimum performance criteria for approval.  Product testing must be performed 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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RING LIFE BUOY (SOLAS)


APPROVAL CATEGORY:  160.150
 
APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION:  See the links provided below.  The Coast Guard does not test materials or systems for approval but rather specifies the required test methods and minimum performance criteria for approval.  Product testing must be performed by a Coast Guard Accepted Independent Laboratory.

LINKS:

GUIDELINE 160.150--SPECIFICATION FOR LIFEBUOYS, SOLAS


IMO RESOLUTION A.689(17) TESTING OF LIFE-SAVING APPLIANCES

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

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

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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RETRO-REFLECTIVE MATERIALS


Retro-reflective materials of a sufficient width (approximately 5 cm) should be applied around or on both sides of the body of the lifebuoy (ring life buoy) at four evenly-spaced points/
 
retroreflective materials on liferings
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SELF IGNITING LIGHT

Floating Electric Water light – These Coast Guard approved lights are attached to some of the ring lifebuoys on commercial vessels. They must float and have an all-around light output 2 cd for at least 15 hours. These are described in Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart 161.010 and Underwriters Laboratories Standard ANSI/UL 1196.

SOLAS Self-Igniting Lights for Lifebuoys – Lights used on ships engaged in international voyages must meet the standards of an international treaty, the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, as described in the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Lifesaving Appliances Code and Recommendation on Testing of Lifesaving Appliances.  The Coast Guard approves these lights if they meet the requirements for floating electric waterlights (preceding paragraph), and the additional tests in section 10.4 of the IMO Recommendation on Testing of Lifesaving Appliances.  These lights will have approval numbers in the 161.110 series.  IMO publications can be purchased from IMO distributors around the world
self-igniting lighting
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RING LIFE BUOY SELECTION INFORMATION


TYPE IV PFDS (RING BUOYS) / THROWABLE DEVICES:  To aid persons who have fallen overboard. May be used with a lanyard, "Man-overboard" pole, locator light, or smoke signal

SOLAS RING LIFEBUOY (TYPE IV PFD) - Slightly larger than other ring lifebuoys for commercial vessels -- Those intended for use with self-activating smoke signals weigh at least 4 kg (8.8 lb).

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DOMESTIC RING LIFEBUOY (TYPE IV PFD)

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A THROWABLE DEVICE (TYPE IV PFD)

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