New UHF radio designed specifically to support fire safety while helping shipowners to meet July 2018 deadline for new SOLAS regulations
Copenhagen, Denmark - Cobham SATCOM's well
established line of SAILOR portable radios has been extended with
the SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter; the world's first marine approved
portable radio made specifically for fulfilling the new SOLAS
Chapter II-2, Regulation 10.10.4 - 'Fire Fighters
The SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio meets standards
set out that require approx. 65,000 (existing) SOLAS vessels
worldwide to provide intrinsically safe portable radios within the
regulated 'fire fighter outfits' on board, prior to a vessel's
first survey after July 2018. Cobham SATCOM defines that in order
to conform to requirements, fire fighter radios must be:
Explosion-proof or intrinsically safe; ready for use at all times;
capable of use by fire fighters (considering i.e. gloves, suits,
poor visibility); made for the marine environment and carried in
addition to existing on board portable work radios.
SOLAS Chapter II-2, Regulation 10 contains requirements for the
fire fighter outfits (of which portable radios are considered a
part), and how many outfits are required for a specific vessel. As
a rule of thumb, any vessel covered by SOLAS must carry at least
two fire fighter outfits, and for passenger ships the number of
fire fighter outfits is increased and regulated both by i.e. the
number of passengers and vertical fire zones.
The SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio helps owners
meet the 2012 amendment 10.10.4.: For ships constructed on or
after 1 July 2014, a minimum of two two-way portable radiotelephone
apparatus for each fire party for fire-fighter´s communication
shall be carried on board. Those two two-way radiotelephone
apparatus shall be of an explosion-proof type or intrinsically
safe. Ships constructed before 1 July 2014 shall comply with the
requirements of this paragraph not later than the first survey
after 1 July 2018.
As a leading authority on SOLAS regulations in a communications
context, Cobham SATCOM's design engineers have studied closely the
new requirements in order to develop a radio solution that is not
only a cost-effective response for shipowners to the logistical
challenges of equipping their vessels in the coming years, but a
highly reliable and effective communication tool that can be
counted on by fire fighters in extreme, hazardous environments on
The SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio is based on
Cobham SATCOM's series of SAILOR portable work, GMDSS and ATEX
radios but has been designed specifically to keep fire fighters
safe through reliable, function rich communication. The most
striking aspect of the new radio is its bright red colour, which
signals to crew members on board that the radio should not be used
for daily operations and must stay as part of the fire fighter
The radio features an easy to read display for channel and
battery information, and is compatible with a wide range of
established 3rd party accessories from SAVOX and Peltor.
Considering the potential for low or zero visibility due to smoke
during a fire, the SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio
features large, tactile buttons, and audio confirmations of i.e.
channel changes in the operator's headset.
Uniquely, the SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio is the
only maritime radio system to accommodate spare emergency battery
packs. As standard, it features an ATEX 1.800 mAh rechargeable
Li-Ion Battery, IP67 battery pack, however, Cobham SATCOM also
offers ATEX approved non-rechargeable emergency batteries,
providing an extra level of security to ensure communication is
available when a fire breaks out, or rechargeable batteries
Operationally, the SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio
offers a long feature list that supports safe fire fighting process
and ensures that it meets the standards set out in Regulation
10.10.4., such as: Tone Coded Squelch System (CTCSS) to avoid
interference from other nearby vessels and Trunked Mode Operation
(TMO) for vessels with a repeater system.
"We estimate that some 300,000 new radios will be required for
the remaining SOLAS vessels to fully conform to the new regulations
that effectively come into force in a little over two years' time,"
said Claus Hornbech, Business Manager - Maritime Integration,
Cobham SATCOM. "Because of the timescale, we have developed several
packages based on the SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio
that make it easy for owners of different vessel types to meet the
regs, with the confidence that crews will have immediate access to
radios designed only for the job of fighting fires."
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