12/21/2015: Requirements for out of water survival craft and replacement of life floats and rigid buoyant apparatus

Editor’s Note: For current out of water survival craft requirements, review our latest post on the subject: 2/17/2016: Cancellation of policy letter – Requirements for out-of-water survival craft

The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance published Policy Letter 15-05 to provide guidance to owners and operators of certain small passenger vessels (listed below) in replacing existing life floats and rigid buoyant apparatus with approved survival craft that insures no part of an individual is immersed in water (required February 26, 2016).

  • Certain small passenger vessels
  • Offshore supply vessels
  • Sailing school vessels
  • Cargo vessels
  • Commercial fishing vessels

View Policy Letter 15-05 for full details, including information on the three-phase approach for the replacement program.

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