EPIRB shortage allows ‘proof of order or purchase’ to comply

The Australian Marine Safety Authority has advised that due to the shortage of ‘float-free EPIRBs’ in stock across Australia they will accept evidence of ‘proof or order or purchase’ from a registered supplier as compliance with the new rule, until stocks can be fulfilled. You must carry this ‘proof of order or purchase’ on-board your vessel.

From 1 January 2021, certain commercial vessels will be required to have a float-free EPIRB installed.
AMSA has a diagram that will assist operators with how this requirement impacts their vessel which can be found here.

For more information download the WAFIC Safety update.

For assistance in sourcing a float-free EPIRB contact the supplier for details of stock:
• ACR – AMI Sales, 08 9331 0000 / www.amisales.com.au
• CETC – Great Circle Marine Pty Ltd, 07 3343 8384
• GME – 1300 463 463 / www.gme.net.au
• Jotron – Taylor Marine, 08 9494 9393 / www.taylormarine.com.au
• Ocean Signal – All Sat Communications, 1300 747587 / www.allsat.com.au

A registered EPIRB allows AMSA to phone your nominated emergency contacts, look up important information about your vessel and to initiate a search response as soon as possible. Register your EPIRB here.