Cobham SATCOM now introduces the new SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio – the world’s first marine approved portable radio made specifically for fulfilling the new SOLAS Chapter II-2, Regulation 10.10.4 – ‘Fire Fighters Communication’.
The SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio is a direct response to help vessel owners meet the 2012 amendment 10.10.4.: For vessels 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. Vessels constructed before 1 July 2014 shall comply with the requirements of this paragraph not later than the first survey after 1 July 2018.
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. We expect that to be a requirement of approx. 300,000 new radios, and the SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio is among the very few products available that conform to the requirements, following our in-depth research on the regulations.
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 portable work radios already existing on board. The SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio is all of these things.
The SAILOR 3965 UHF Fire Fighter portable radio is not only a cost-effective response for vessel owners to the logistical challenges of equipping their vessels in the coming years, but a highly reliable and effective communication tool that can be relied upon by fire fighters in extreme, hazardous environments on board. It is based on field-proven 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 outfit.
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 run down.
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