Lifejacket light safety alert
Following a safety bulletin from the from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the USCG has issued a safety alert for two models of lifejacket lights manufactured by Denmark-based Alcares and distributed by Datrex. The water activated flashing lifejacket lights models involved are the Jack A1-ALK and Jack ARH-ALK (CG approval numbers 161.112/88 and 161.112/90) types. The bulletin from CLIA says that inspections have discovered over 3,000 non-operational lights. All of the faulty lights discovered had leaky batteries and some were identified as having incorrect battery expiration labels. All of the faulty lights were found to be non-operational before their expiration date. The USCG alert is the latest regarding the lifejackets affected and follows alerts from other flag states earlier in the year. Alcares, has already taken action and has a dedicated area on its website addressing the issue.