In July 2014, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) amended SOLAS regulation II-2/10
The IMO have introduced new requirements for fire protection of on-deck cargo areas.
The IMO standard amendment states:
“Fire-fighter communication on-board - Amendments to SOLAS regulation II-2/10 on firefighting enter into force on 1 July 2014, to require a minimum of two two-way portable radio telephone apparatus for each fire party for fire fighters’ communication to be carried. The apparatus shall be of an explosion-proof type or intrinsically safe. Ships constructed before 1 July 2014 shall comply with the above requirements not later than the first survey after 1 July 2018”
So what does this mean?
Each fire crew, on board new ships constructed before 1st July 2014 must carry 2 x two way radios. These must comply with explosion proof or Intrinsically Safe standards.
These requirements should be implemented no later than 1st July 2018
ATEX radio’s comply with these standards
What is an ATEX radio?
‘ATEX’ is a technique based on limiting energy; electrical and thermal, to a level below that’s required to ignite a specific hazardous atmospheric mixture. Atmospheric mixtures can be gases, dusts and fine particles.
So which radio do I choose?
There are a number of ATEX radio’s on the market:
To ensure you get the best radio for the hazardous task in hand, make sure the radios comply with these basics:
- ATEX Certified
- IP67 rated 'what is an IP rating?'
- High quality audio
- Easy to use when wearing gloves
There are additional features that are available depending on the make of radio you choose. Along with various accessories such as:
- Remote speaker microphones
- Carry cases
- Bone conduction headsets
- Intrinsically safe noise cancelling headsets
- Intrinsically safe throat vibrating earpieces
So if you would like to chat to someone about two way radio or need help and advice on which model is best for you, get in contact, we would love to hear from you.