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Title 46Chapter ISubchapter CPart 28Subpart B → §28.140

Title 46: Shipping
Subpart B—Requirements for All Vessels

§28.140   Operational readiness, maintenance, and inspection of lifesaving equipment.

(a) The master or individual in charge of a vessel must ensure that each item of lifesaving equipment must be in good working order, ready for immediate use, and readily accessible before the vessel leaves port and at all times when the vessel is operated.

(b) Each item of lifesaving equipment, including unapproved equipment, must be maintained and inspected in accordance with:

(1) Table 28.140 in this section;

(2) The servicing procedure under the subpart of this chapter applicable to the item's approval; and

(3) The manufacturer's guidelines.

(c) An inflatable liferaft or inflatable buoyant apparatus must be serviced no later than the month and year on its servicing sticker affixed under 46 CFR 160.151-57(n), and whenever the container is damaged or the container straps or seals are broken. It must be serviced at a facility specifically approved by the Commandant for the particular brand.

(d) An escape route from a space where an individual may be employed or an accommodation space must not be obstructed.

Table 28.140—Scheduled Maintenance and Inspection of Lifesaving Equipment

Item Interval Regulation
Monthly Annually
(1) Inflatable wearable personal flotation device (Type V commercial hybrid)Servicing28.140
(2) Personal flotation devices, exposure suits and immersion suitsInspect, clean and repair as necessary28.140
(3) Buoyant apparatus and life floatsInspect, clean and repair as necessary28.140
(4) Inflatable liferaftServicing128.140
(5) Inflatable buoyant apparatusServicing128.140
(6) Hydrostatic releaseServicing128.140
(7) Disposable hydrostatic releaseReplace on or before expiration date28.140
(8) Undated batteriesReplace28.140
(9) Dated batteries2 and other itemsReplace on or before expiration date25.26-50, 28.140
(10) EPIRBTest25.26-50

1For a new liferaft or inflatable buoyant apparatus, the first annual servicing may be deferred to two years from the date of first packing if so indicated on the servicing sticker.

2Water activated batteries must be replaced whenever they are used.

[CGD 88-079, 56 FR 40393, Aug. 14, 1991; 56 FR 49822, Oct. 1, 1991, as amended at USCG-2001-11118, 67 FR 58540, Sept. 17, 2002; USCG-2004-18884, 69 FR 58344, Sept. 30, 2004]

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