Pyrotechnics Marine Distress Signals

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Specifications

Applies to all commercial fishing vessels operating on coastal or ocean waters.

    • Applies to all commercial fishing vessels operating on coastal or ocean waters.

      Requirements (the approval cite in 46CFR Parts 160-161 is given in parentheses)

      Ocean Waters (more than 50 Nautical Miles from the coast): 

      Day & Night: Three SOLAS rocket parachute flares (160.136), plus six SOLAS hand flares (160.121), plus three SOLAS 3-minute floating smoke distress signals (160.122)

      Ocean Waters (3 to 50 Nautical Miles from the coast):

      Day & Night: Three hand-held rocket-propelled parachute red flare distress signals (160.136), plus six handred flare distress signals (160.021) or SOLAS hand flares (160.121), plus three floating orange smoke distress signals (160.022) or hand orange smoke distress signals (160.037) or SOLAS 3-minute floatingsmoke distress signals (160.122)

      Coastal Waters (0 to 3 Nautical Miles from the coast):

      Day & Night: A total of three hand red flare distress signals (160.021), pistol-projected parachute red flare distress signals 160.024), hand-held rocket-propelled parachute red flare distress signals (160.036), or red aerial pyrotechnic flare distress signals (160.066) will meet the day and night requirements

      Day only: Three of the approved day 7 night distress signals listed above or three hand orange smoke distress signals (160.037) or one orange flag distress signal (160.072)

      Night only: Three of the approved day & night distress signalslisted above or one electric distress light (161.013)