Life Jackets and buoys must be certified by the Brazilian Navy. These tests are determined by the Brazilian Navy in alignment with SOLAS - Safety Of Life At Sea, promulgated by the IMO - International Maritime Organization and supervised by DPC – Diretoria de Portos e Costas do Brasil.
ATIVA NÁUTICA Life Jackets; Class I, II, III, IV, V and ATIVA NÁUTICA Buoys; Class I, II and III, are tested, approved and certified by the Brazilian Navy.
For companies with ISO 9001:2008 as ATIVA NAUTICA, the navy approval is valid for 5 (five) years. Without this quality certification (ISO 9001), the product approval is valid for 1 (one) year only.
Buoys and life jackets are attached to weights and placed into water tanks for 24 hours. This test ensures that the device maintains the required buoyancy even after submerged for long periods.
After being submerged for 24 hours and subjected to a severe accelerated aging laboratory process; buckles, fabric, ropes and straps are tested again for tensile strength
The vests are tested according to specifications and standards for each class. The finished product is subjected to rigorous tensile tests which can vary between 25 and 3200N.
The vests and buoys are tested in real conditions of use with different heights and weights individuals. Tests performed such as mouth-water distance (freeboard), face-up turning time for an unconscious person, actual donning, performance tests and others.
The buoys are thrown from 5 to 10 m high platforms. They are also tensioned and tested in laboratory.
The lifebuoys and lifejackets are subjected to direct petrol flames for 2 seconds, simulating a situation where the user might be exposed to a fire, and the equipment should not sustain burning or have its functionality or strength affected.