U.S. Coast Guard approval labels are in evidence on a wide variety of devices, and the author sets out to explain just what those labels mean. He begins by reviewing the history of the approval system, under which the Coast Guard has been establishing technical and testing requirements for approved equipment for more than 50 years. He then discusses the procedures currently followed to develop such requirements. It is then made clear exactly what assurances labels of approval offer vessel operators concerning the performance of the equipment carrying the labels. Some popular myths regarding Coast Guard approval--such as the belief that it constitutes a product endorsement--are then set straight. It is next explained how servicing facilities for inflatable liferafts confront unique problems in performing their work and how important it is that only facilities with Coast Guard authorization be used. The article concludes with the Coast Guard contact for any problems or comments on approved equipment.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 7 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 45
    • Issue Number: No.7

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00657140
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM