(a) Where in this subchapter it is provided that a particular fitting, material, appliance,
apparatus, or equipment, or type thereof, shall be fitted or carried in a vessel,
or that any particular provision shall be made or arrangement shall be adopted, the
Commandant may accept in substitution therefor any other fitting, material, apparatus,
or equipment, or type thereof, or any other provision or arrangement: Provided, That he shall have been satisfied by suitable trials that the fitting, material,
appliance, apparatus, or equipment, or type thereof, or the provision or arrangement
shall be at least as effective as that specified in this subchapter.
(b) In any case where it is shown to the satisfaction of the Commandant that the use
of any particular equipment, apparatus, or arrangement not specifically required by
law is unreasonable or impracticable, the Commandant may permit the use of alternate
equipment, apparatus, or arrangement to such an extent and upon such conditions as
will insure, to his satisfaction, a degree of safety consistent with the minimum standards
set forth in this subchapter.
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