MIN 542 (M+F) Advertised alternatives to pyrotechnic flares

Notice to all Ship owners, ship operators, port operators, harbour masters, yacht skippers, pleasure vessel users, masters and owners of vessels operating on inland waterways, fishing vessel skippers and seafarers


MIN 542 (M+F) Life-saving appliances - recognised distress signals and advertised alternatives to pyrotechnic flares

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This note replaces MIN464 and should be read in conjunction with MGN280, MGN538, MSN1871, MSN1872, and MSN1873. This MIN expires 01 Mar 2018


This note provides the latest advice to mariners on products sold as distress signalling equipment to be used in an emergency. It highlights the risks of using non-SOLAS or non-pyrotechnic distress flares such as Electronic Visual Distress Signals (EVDS).

Published 24 October 2017