Rules & Regulations
WHAT RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNS NAVIGATION LIGHTS?
The COLREGs (Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972). This small booklet with such a massive impact on safety at sea, is a must-read for anybody going to sea. The COLREGs is a beautiful example of the world working together though UN and IMO, with ratification from 155 states, representing nearly 99% of the world merchant fleet tonnage. The last third of the COLREGs is dedicated to navigation lights, rule 20 to 31 – and together with the annexes holds nearly everything that is important about how a navigation light should perform. US Coast Guard have been kind to put their version, with the US inland waterways included, online, and you can find it here: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=NavRulesAmalgamated
WHAT RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNS THE NAVIGATION LIGHT CONTROLLER?
Assuming that the vessel has the correct Navigation Lights installed and mounted correctly – the next thing needed is a navigation light controller – that alarms you when a nav light is malfunctioning. The MSC 253(83) is the IMO resolution that sets performance standards for navigation lights, navigation light controllers and associated equipment.
You can find it here: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/
WHICH STANDARDS DOES LOPOLIGHT COMPLY WITH?
Lopolight navigation lights have been tested by accredited 3rd party test houses to comply with the following standards: EN 14744, UL 1104, IEC 60945, IACS 10, ABYC A16.
We are continuously expanding our reach in this area, currently we are nearly done with MIL STD 461F testing.
WHICH APPROVALS DOES LOPOLIGHT HOLD?
We hold a number of approvals, to check the approval status please go the datasheet of each product, or download our current Declaration of Conformity here: