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Title 46Chapter ISubchapter LPart 131 → Subpart G

Title 46: Shipping

Subpart G—Work Vests

§131.710   Approved work vests.
§131.720   Use.
§131.730   Shipboard stowage.
§131.740   Shipboard inspections.

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§131.710   Approved work vests.

Each buoyant work vest carried aboard must be approved under subpart 160.053 of this chapter or, as a commercial hybrid personal flotation device, under subpart 160.077 of this chapter.

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§131.720   Use.

(a) An approved buoyant work vest is an item of safety apparel and may be carried aboard for wear by a crew member when working near or over the water.

(b) The vest may not count towards the vessel's complement of lifejackets.

(c) The vest may not be worn instead of a lifejacket during a drill.

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§131.730   Shipboard stowage.

The master shall ensure that no work vest is stowed where any lifejacket is stowed.

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§131.740   Shipboard inspections.

Each buoyant work vest must be subject to examination by a marine inspector, to determine its serviceability. If found serviceable, it may continue in service; but no buoyant work vest is stamped as inspected. If not found serviceable, and if determined irreparable by the inspector, a buoyant work vest must be destroyed in the presence of the inspector.

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