Radio Communication-at-Sea

Cobham SATCOM welcomes new tighter safety regulations for the use of fire fighter radios which protect life and assets at sea

Radio Communication-at-Sea

Cobham SATCOM welcomes new tighter safety regulations for use of fire fighter radios protecting life and assets at sea

Forward-looking R&D programme means the SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter radio is already compliant with updated regulations from the IMO and EU

Copenhagen, Denmark - Cobham SATCOM, the market leading provider of radio and satellite communications solutions, today announced that it welcomes the improved safety regulations that will further protect the welfare of seafarers using fire-fighter radios.

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) unified interpretation of the essential safety requirements of the fire-fighter radio, and the European Union’s (EU) addition of the fire fighter radio in the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) mean enhanced safeguarding for life and assets in the most extreme and dangerous situations at sea. The regulatory updates are a further seal of approval for Cobham’s SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter radio, which is already compliant with both regulatory updates.

SOLAS regulations require all vessels to carry two-way fire-fighter radios which enable trained seafarers to communicate effectively in an emergency; detecting and extinguishing fires before they cause significant risk to life and a vessel’s integrity.

The IMO’s new unified interpretation of the essential safety requirements of fire-fighter radios is based on recommendations from the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), to set a minimum level for intrinsically safety.

Approval under the MED is based on dedicated maritime standards, taking the harsh environment and users’ conditions into consideration.  The decision to include the fire-fighter radio in the MED, which contains more stringent approval procedures, demonstrates the EU’s commitment to ensuring radios are fit for purpose and better supports life at sea safety provision.

Commenting on regulatory changes, Peter Andersen, Business Development Manager at Cobham SATCOM, said: “Safety of life at sea is the starting point for everything we do. The alignment of our SAILOR 3965 Fire Fighter Radio with these new IMO and EU regulations is the latest example of our philosophy in action. We hope to continue driving further improvements in seafarer safety through our world-leading R&D process, which has supported seafarer welfare for more than 50 years.”

From 3 October 2022, all new fire-fighter radios installed on-board EU flagged vessels have to be Wheelmark approved to prove compliance with the MED. Until that date, Radio Equipment Directive (RED) CE marked radios will be accepted.

The SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter is the world’s first Wheelmark approved portable radio made specifically for fulfilling the new SOLAS Chapter II-2 Regulation 10.10.4 and to maximise fire safety at sea. Built on the legacy of SAILOR SP3500 series portable radios, the SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter radio provides reliable, feature rich communication that helps to make the fire party safe and effective when called into action.


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