I was looking to purchase a Type V work vest, such as the Mustang Survival MD3188, before heading out on my first hitch, so I took to the owner’s manual.
The owner’s manual stated that for commercial vessels, every inflatable must be from the same manufacturer and model, or same method of inflation: ie. pill or hydrostatic.
Is this hogwash, and I should continue as planned, or should I just wait until I found out whatever they have on board?
From the manual:
[B]APPROVAL CONDITIONS AND CARRIAGE REGULATIONS[/B]
[B]Commercial Vessels [/B]– Model MD3188 is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) as a Work Vest ONLY WHEN WORN under 46 CFR 160.053 for use on all inspected and uninspected commercial vessels of any length. [B]Not approved for “Hot Work”. [/B]
[B]Uninspected Commercial Vessels[/B] – Model MD3188 is USCG-approved for use in lieu of a Type II PFD under 46 CFR 160.064 on uninspected commercial vessels less than 40 feet in length not carrying passengers for hire as a substitute for a Type II PFD when used and serviced in accordance with this manufacturer’s manual.
[B]Conditions for commercial Type V and/or Work Vest Approval in commercial Applications[/B]
- The MD3188 must be worn before getting underway and whenever above deck and not within an enclosed space to meet the carriage requirement.
2.The operator of a commercial vessel is responsible for servicing and maintaining the MD3188 in good serviceable condition in accordance with this manufacturer’s manual. See Care and Maintenance Instructions (page 13) for servicing information.
- The operator of a commercial vessel is responsible for providing each person onboard with the safety information required for use of the MD3188. See Note to Commercial Vessel Operators, page 3, for information.
[I][U]4. All inflatable PFDs in use aboard a commercial vessel must be the same manufacturer and model or have the same method of operation. Hydrostatic inflation and pill or bobbin type inflation do not qualify as the same method of operation.[/U][/I]