APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION: See the below link on approval guidance. The Coast Guard will review approval applications for ladders complying with ISO 5489 as equivalent to the guidelines 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.
Coast Guard regulations for embarkation ladders on inspected vessels (46 CFR 199.110(f)) require the use of a “SOLAS” rope embarkation ladder:
(1) Each embarkation ladder must be approved under approval series 160.117 or be a rope ladder approved under approval series 160.017.
(2) Each embarkation ladder must extend in a single length from the deck to the waterline with the vessel in its lightest seagoing condition under unfavorable conditions of trim and with the vessel listed not less than 15 degrees either way.
These ladders were formally approved under a chain ladder approval series (160.017), but now are approved under the 160.117 approval designation covered by this guideline. This guideline consists of the approval regulations for rope pilot ladders (46 CFR 163.003), modified for use as an embarkation ladder.
LINKS: SOLAS EMBARKATION LADDER APPROVAL GUIDANCE
SUBMITTAL PACKAGE: Please submit the follow information in the Submittal Package:
- A cover letter requesting Coast Guard Type Approval of the equipment.
- Information required in SOLAS EMBARKATION LADDER APPROVAL GUIDANCE.
- Evidence that an acceptable follow-up factory inspection program is in place.