For Lifeboats and Liferafts
Requirement:10% of the number of persons the lifeboat or the liferaft is permitted to accommodate or two, whichever is the greater
A Thermal Protective Aid is to provide insulation to persons in a liferaft as required by Chapter 3 Solas 1974/96.
The Avmar Thermal Protective Aids are designed for use with the emergency equipment contained within a liferaft. The AV-3 has a bag configuration with no arms.
Designed to be easily packed into liferaft stowage areas. It is also designed to be easy to don by person(s) in a liferaft and offer the necessary thermal protection to the wearer. The Thermal Protective Aid is designed for use only when the wearer is in the liferaft – it must be taken off if the user is required to enter the water.
The AV-3 and AV-3a, are packed in a vacuum sealed clear plastic bag, which contains clear instructions. The user removes the Thermal Protective Aid from the bag, unfolds it and then climbs into the Thermal Protective Aid, ensuring that the product is fully on. At this stage the wearer gathers the spare excess fabric at the front of the Thermal Protective Aid and pulls the zip up towards the chin, ensuring that the excess fabric is safely pulled towards the body. If at any stage the wearer has to leave the liferaft and enter the water, they must first remove the Thermal Protective Aid. The Thermal Protective Aid’s are located within each liferaft, normally contained within the emergency packs.