APPROVAL CATEGORY: 161.013
Manufacturers Certification for acceptance in accordance with 46 CFR 161.013
MANUFACTURER’S CERTIFICATION ACCEPTANCE SERIES: 161.013
MANUFACTURER’S GUIDANCE & INFORMATION: This is an alternative to flares as a nighttime distress signal for recreational boats. It is required to be laboratory tested to meet specifications including an automatic flash sequence for S-O-S, light intensity/direction, and battery power duration. Electric S-O-S distress lights are self-certified by the manufacturer. The Coast Guard does not issue approval certificates or keep an authenticated list of manufacturers. While not approved by the Coast Guard, this office maintains a list of known devices which may be found in the CGMIX equipment list. Approval standards for these lights are found in Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Subpart 161.013.
As a manufacturer certified device, prior to manufacturer distribution for sale, this office reviews the manufacturer’s plans and performance evaluations for compliance to the applicable requirements.
In 2018 a new standard was developed by the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) for an SOS electronic visual distress signal device (eVDSD). The RTCM SC13200.0 standard for eVDSDs was determined to be acceptable for use by CG-ENG Policy Letter 03-18, dated December 21,2018 (see the following CG-ENG Policy Letter 03-18)
SUBMITTAL PACKAGE: Please submit the follow information in the Submittal Package:
- A letter requesting Coast Guard review to 46 CFR 16.013 or CG-ENG Policy Letter 03-18 for the equipment.
- A test report from the Independent Laboratory showing compliance of the product or equipment with all design and performance specifications for the applicable standard.
- Evidence that the manufacturer has a suitable quality assurance production follow-up factory inspection program.
- Required drawings/plans including labeling and operator instructions for the equipment.