Bulletin No.: 06/1992

Date (Y-M-D): 1992-07-17

Subject: Immersion Suit Buddy Line

1. The National standard, CAN/CGSB 65.16-M89, requires immersion suits manufactured after 1987 and used on Canadian ships to be equipped with buddy lines.

2. Immersion suits manufactured between 1987 and 1991 under approval numbers 039-070-027 and 039-070-028 by FitzWright Company, may have been supplied to the Canadian market without a buddy line. This does not affect the primary performance nor the integrity of the suits.

3. Shipowners and mariners are advised to inspect their FitzWright immersion suits to determine if a "buddy line" has been fitted. For those not fitted, FitzWright offers a retrofit buddy line at a nominal cost and advises that they be contacted promptly in order to buy one as initial stock is limited.

150 - 5811 Cedarbridge Way
Richmond, B.C.
V6X 2A8

Tel. 604-270-2313
Fax. 604-270-6519

4. Retrofitting instructions will be supplied with the buddy line.

5. FitzWright suits equipped with the optional lifting harness arrangement which doubles as a buddy line need not be fitted with both.

Keywords:                                  Questions concerning this bulletin should be addressed to:

1. Immersion suits
2. Buddy line
3. Retofit
Transport Canada
Marine Safety
Tower C, Place de Ville
11th Floor, 330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N8

To add or change your address, contact us at: marinesafety@tc.gc.ca

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