APPROVAL CATEGORY: 160.057
APPROVAL GUIDANCE & INFORMATION: Floating "can" producing orange smoke. The signal produces dense orange smoke for at least 15 minutes. It is designed to be attached to a ring lifebuoy on or near the bridge of a commercial vessel. If someone falls overboard from the vessel, the crew drops the ring lifebuoy to the water, which pulls the smoke signal from its bracket. This action ignites the smoke signal. The smoke helps the person in the water locate the ring lifebuoy, and it provides a reference for maneuvering the vessel. (The ring lifebuoy is also equipped with a floating electric waterlight for night use.)
They can be also be used to meet regulations for daytime visual distress signals on recreational boats. For approval testing, the manufacturer must produce a lot of at least 20 signals from which samples are taken. Product testing must be performed by a Coast Guard Accepted Independent Laboratory. Production inspections and an annual report must also be completed by the accepted lab and provided to the USCG on an annual basis. This approval category is for domestic service only.
LINKS: USCG Guidelines for Approval of Domestic Pyrotechnic Devices
SUBMITTAL PACKAGE: Please submit the follow information in the Submittal Package:
- A letter requesting Coast Guard Type Approval of the equipment.
- A test report from the Accepted Independent Laboratory showing compliance of the product or equipment with the applicable standard.
Each Accepted Independent Laboratory maintains its own individual test report forms which provide this office with the required information of 160.057.
- Evidence that an acceptable follow-up factory inspection program with the Accepted Independent Laboratory is in place.
- Required drawings/plans of the equipment.