Interim USCG Acceptance Of Perko Navigation Lights For Ships Over 20 Meters

Perko, Inc. has just been granted interim acceptance of over 100 of its navigation light models for vessels over 20 meters (65.7 feet) and for vessels over 50 meters (164.1 feet). This a c c e p t a n c e , granted on September 2, 1977, enables naval architects, builders and owners to comply with the new international navigation light regulations in effect for all new vessels sailing on international waters over 20 meters whose keels were laid after 1200 hours, zone time on July 15, 1977.

The basis for the regulations in effect now occurred on March 31, 1977, when the Coast Guard published an amendment to the Federal Register that added a new subchapter DD (33CFR 87) to the navigation and navigable water regulations. This new subchapter defines rules for implementing and interpreting the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS) that replaced the 1960 international regulations. The primary impact of the new regulations is on all new U.S. vessels sailing the high seas whose construction began on or after 1200 hours, zone time, on July 15, 1977. The installation of accepted Perko lights enables compliance with these regulations.

The interim a c c e p t a n c e was granted on the basis of test data showing that the lights meet the detailed technical requirements of the 72 COLREGS.

All Coast Guard District Offices have received copies of the acceptance letter, which lists all Perko lights complying with the new regulations. This will simplify obtaining acceptance for vessels fitted with these Perko navigation lights.

Details on the new Coast Guard Accepted lights are presented in the 1978 Perko Catalog Section B, entitled "Navigation Lights for Vessels Over 20 Meters." Write PERKO, Inc., P.O. Box 64000D, Miami, Fla. 33164.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 34,  Jan 1978

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