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Web Alert: US Coast Guard issues new circular on potential danger of defective immersion suits for seafarers

21 March 2018

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has issued a new circular which highlights the potential problem of vessel operators using defectve, non-watertight immersion suits, and the potential danger this creates for seafarers. 

The circular details that, during a recent inspection, the USCG discovered a serious flaw in many of a particular vessel's immersion suits. The glue used to attach the main zipper of the suit to its body had failed, meaning that the suit no longer had a watertight seal.

The circular recommends vessel operators to inspect their immersion suits so as to prevent against potential danger to crew members during an emergency situation. The circular also includes images of defective suits for vessel operators' guidance.

The circular finishes by reminding vessel operators that any replacement suits will need to be approved by the vessel's flag state.

The club recommends that club members follow the recommendations of the USCG set out in the circular, in order to prevent potential losses and claims arising by crew members being put in danger due to defective immersion suits.