MSN 1810 (M+F) Radio Communications: SOLAS & non-SOLAS Vessels

This updated Notice specifies the changes in requirements for ships subject to SOLAS Chapter IV concerning radiocommunications which came into force on 1 July 2002 and Resolution MSC.152(78) which came into force 1 July 2006. It also applies to non-SOLAS vessels where the carriage of an EPIRB is mandatory.

These guidelines establish standardised procedures and minimum levels of service for the testing and maintenance of satellite EPIRBs to ensure maximum reliability whilst minimising the risk of false distress alerting, including the adoption of Resolution MSC.152(78) in regard to SOLAS Chapter IV Regulation 15 – Maintenance requirements.They further advise that all two-way communication equipment carried on board a ship which is capable of automatically including the ship's position in the distress alert shall be automatically provided with this information from an internal or external navigation receiver, if either is installed.

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Source: MCA.