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USCG - electronic charts & pubs 

The US Coast Guard posted a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) providing USCG marine inspectors and the maritime industry with uniform guidance regarding what the Coast Guard policy regarding use of electronic charts and publications in lieu of paper charts, maps, and publications. NVIC 01-16 [located at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/nvic/pdf/2016/NVIC_01-16_electronic_charts_and_publications.pdf] (2/3/16)

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Sirius Signal company has produced a non-pyrotechnic device that can replace the night time requirement to carry flares.  The SOS Distress Light (A-1001) is approved by Auxiliary National Response Department and District 7 OTO for use on operational facilities (OPFAC).

Reference: Coast Guard Compliant number 46CFR 161.013

The SOS Distress Light can replace flares for night time requirements, however you will have to carry a day emergency flag to satisfy the day requirement for our OPFACs.  Included with the Sirius Signal SOS light purchase is a day emergency flag.  (Amazon prices the light at $99.00) 

This is not a product endorsement. It is an option for your consideration instead of using flares.

see: https://siriussignal.com for more information 

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