Safety and the preservation of life at sea should be the starting for point for all businesses in the maritime industry. When a fire or explosion occurs at sea, the incident can be fast-moving and chaotic, with life and asset integrity at risk in worst case scenarios. Effective communication, enabled by firefighter radios, is key to effective management of every incident.
Changing SOLAS and EU regulations for firefighter radios
The SOLAS and EU requirements for firefighter radios have continue to evolve in line with industry-wide efforts to improve safety standards at sea. This is good news for the industry and especially those that work within it, but it also means that the compliance targets for ship owners and operators are constantly moving. All regulatory change requires comprehensive evaluation and, where necessary, further clarification should be given to the industry to ensure all new requirements are fully understood and can be efficiently applied at sea.
Understanding and implementing the latest technical requirements from IMO and EU
SOLAS Chapter II-2 requires every SOLAS-regulated ship built after 1st July 2014 to have the right fire safety equipment in place. A minimum of two two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for each fire party for fire-fighter’s communication shall be carried on board. Non-complying vessels can be detained, incurring significant costs and delays to their shipping schedule. In their whitepaper, Cobham SATCOM, aimed to provide the additional information you need to meet the functional and technical requirements for the use of firefighter radios at sea, in line with new IMO and EU requirements.