The SOLAS amendments with respect to buddy lines and lifting loops on SOLAS life jackets and immersion suits are effective 1 July 2010.
The amendments do not fully define specific test criteria for buddy lines and lifting loops. The criteria for buddy lines is captured in the US comments in the ISO document No. 569 (see USMA web site) on the last two pages (7 & 8). It differs from the ISO criteria by what the upper limit is to agree with the UL criteria for separation of the buddy line. (more…)