Unsafe EPIRB Recall

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Feb 292016

Do not rely on Kannad Safelink EPIRBs for search and rescue, warns the manufacturer following concerns that they may not work when needed. The issue appears to be due to the plastic body ageing prematurely.

Orolia Limited, owner of Kannad Marine says it has become aware of an issue affecting Kannad Safelink EPIRBs which could result in the beacon not operating in an emergency.

The Safelink EPIRB’s yellow body plastic may prematurely age when subjected to specific environmental conditions which has the potential to impact on its long term effectiveness in the field. The Kannad Safelink EPIRB model is the only Kannad Marine product affected.

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 EPIRB, Safety Alerts, safety flash  Comments Off on GME EPIRB Recall
Jul 142014
epirbgmeStandard Communications Pty Ltd is recalling certain GME brand EPIRB units manufactured between January 2005 and February 2008. In some units a fault in the microprocessor may shut down the beacon and it may not work when required.
The affected units are the MT400, MT401 and MT403 beacons with serial numbers between 50101000 and 80250722. The serial number can be found on the left side of the beacon at the base of the identity panel.

Contact GME at recall@gme.net.au or your local distributor to arrange a replacement of your beacon at no extra charge.


Beware Bum Batteries

 EPIRB, fishing boat,, Safety Alerts, US Coast Guard  Comments Off on Beware Bum Batteries
Dec 032009

imageBum batteries are not what you want in your EPIRB but it appears some dishonest servicing outfits don’t share that view.Here’s an alert from the US Coast Guard.

Fishing vessel safety staff in the US Coast Guard’s Seventh District has received at least three reports in the past few months regarding unapproved replacements of 406 EPIRB batteries by servicing companies having no association with the EPIRB manufacturer. These unauthorized battery installations would likely result in a failure of this critical item of lifesaving equipment, and as such are not in compliance with the operational readiness requirements of 46 CFR.

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Jul 172009

Ship helmsman sentenced to 10 months for oil spill
San Jose Mercury News – San Jose,CA,USA
Cota was the pilot of the 901-foot Cosco Busan when it slammed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on the foggy morning of Nov. 7, 2007.

Lifeboat to the aid of nuclear vessel
Campbeltown Courier – Campbeltown,Scotland,UK
CAMPBELTOWN Lifeboat went to the aid of a crewmember on board a nuclear fuel transporter on Saturday morning. The man had been taken ill on board the vessel

Crewman severs fingers in fishing accident
SouthCoastToday.com – New Bedford,MA,USA
The 88-foot fishing vessel Eileen Marie reported the injury to the Coast Guard at 10:46 pm Wednesday, according to a Coast Guard press release.

Fishermen survivors return home to Quang Ngai
Thanh Nien Daily – Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam
Nine fishermen who survived a collision with an unidentified foreign ship in the central province of Quang Ngai on Wednesday returned onshore Thursday

Fear of oil spill
Times of India – India
KARWAR: The accident of MV Shahin on Friday is similar to the accident of ship — Ocean Seria — that took place three years ago, in the same place. .

Coast Guard: Alcohol not a factor in scalloper grounding
SouthCoastToday.com – New Bedford,MA,USA
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard reported that the vessel’s four crewmen, who were rescued without injury, tested negative for alcohol.

Philippines – MFA – Filipino Seafarer Afflicted with CA-MRSA and A
ISRIA – France
The Consulate General of the Philippines in Hong Kong sadly reports the demise of a 42-year-old Filipino male seafarer from La Union province found to be

Coast Guard warns: Beacon ID mix-up led to wreck of Lady Mary
Press of Atlantic City – Atlantic City,NJ,USA
partly to determine if another vessel collided with the ill-fated scalloper. The cause of the sinking remains unknown. AP contributed to this story.

Korean Anti-Heeling System
TankTech, a marine equipment maker located in Noksan Industrial Complex in Busan, South Korea, announced that it has succeeded in developing ‘Anti-Heeling System’ using two-way propeller pump, after two-year long R&D.

JSMEA discloses more fake cases
The Japanese Marine Equipment Association (JSMEA) has revealed further incidents of counterfeit marine products.

The JSMEA said two members of the association, Yanmar and Daihatsu Diesel, had reached out-of-court settlements after filing civil law suits against compatriot marine equipment manufacturers Marinco and Nikki World Trading.

Both companies are alleged to have counterfeited engine parts and marketed them as the products of Yanmar and Daihatsu.


Modern piracy in consulates
la estrella – Panama
Varela said that they are too many irregularities in the consulates and currently he is assembling together with the Panama Maritime Authority a team that

Under The Radar

Swarm of bees force yacht crew overboard

When insects attack at sea – scary…

Practical Boat Owner, 17 July 2009

Important EPIRB ALert

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Sep 102007

Good friends John Konrad of gCaptain and Robin Stormer of the Robin Storm blog are investigating the failure of an EPIRB aboard the Papa George which with two fatalities.

“I want to bring this story to everyone’s attention. We are currently investigating the possible second malfunction of a EPIRB (Emergency position indicating radio beacon) within the last four months. This time it appears that there has been two deaths associated with this incident. We cannot stress the importance of getting to the bottom of these potential malfunctions.

Those of you with blogs we ask that you refer to our by-line at  http://robinstorm.blogspot.com and http://www.gcaptain.com/ for details on your next postings. This warning must go out maritime wide.

Rob Stormer…..

As of this writing we cannot stress enough that all mariners must ensure thattheir EPIRBs
are not just in operational condition, that the registration matches the face plate on their EPIRBs,
but also that the registration actually matches the hexadecimal code in the NOAA  database.
Fred Fry of Fred Fry International asks us to also remind all mariners that its important to check
your EPIRB ona monthly basis.

Maritime Safety News Today, 8 September 2007

 Den Den, EPIRB, India, Liberia, Mangalore, Sinking  Comments Off on Maritime Safety News Today, 8 September 2007
Sep 082007

Liberia: Delta Impex Begins Removing Sinking Vessel
AllAfrica.com – Washington,USA
The firm identified as Delta Impex Incorporated has begun inserting plastic materials on parts of the vessel; with rubber pipes attached in order to use

Ship in trouble after leaving Mangalore port
Hindu – Chennai,India
News spread around 3 pm that another ship was sinking off Tannirbhavi, where mv Den Den, an Eritrean ship, sank, killing three members of the crew on June

Ship’s automatic beacon didn’t send distress call
Seattle Post Intelligencer – USA
The problem with the emergency beacon is just one question still to be answered, and the sinking itself remains under investigation.

Ferries could share fate of runaway vessel: report
Vancouver Sun – British Columbia, Canada
The collision sank or damaged 28 pleasure crafts tied up in the marina but no one was injured either on the ferry or in the marina.

GL Holds Ship Stability Workshop

Posted 09/07/07 at 10:34 AM

More than 70 experts from the international maritime industry met at Germanischer Lloyd headquarters to discuss the current status of the development and research in ship stability. The two day workshop dealt with the probabilistic assessment of intact stability, showed trends in progressive flooding prediction, presented new cognitions of investigations.


Maritime Global Net – Warren,RI,USA
Shortage of over 10000 seafarers were predicted in 2005 BIMCO/ISF manpower study. He said: “The warnings fell on deaf ears in most cases.

Sailors protest against extra training
Manila Standard Today – Philippines
The Professional Regulation Commission has come under fire from the Senate for requiring seafarers to take an additional academic course if they wish to get

HELCOM fleet stages live disaster exercise off Estonia
Newsdesk – Stockholm,Sweden
Poland, Sweden – and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), supported by helicopters, took part in this annual operational exercise designed to 

India thanks China for rescuing Indian sailor
Hindu – Chennai,India
Interestingly, an Indian ship had saved 11 Chinese crew members from a sinking cargo vessel on March 21 this year, about 90 miles west of Luzon, Philippines