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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In Philippine waters? Keep your cellphone on

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Jul 292008

Local reports in the Philippines quote Philippine Coastguard officials rely on cellphones and text messages to get the co-ordinates of ships in trouble because they don’t have the capability of receiving EPIRB signals.

Writing in the Philippine Inquirer, a report by Leila Salaverria quotes Emelson Morales, safety officer of Sulpicio Lines, owner of the ferry Princess Of The Stars which capsized in June with the loss of 800 passengers and crew, “”As far as I know, the Philippine authorities have no capability to get the signal from EPIRB. Sometimes we ask, what’s the need for this EPIRB? You’re better off texting your coordinates, get it through your GPS.”

Princess Of The Stars was equipped with an EPIRB which did not activate during the incident and as far as is known no efforts have been made to locate it on the inverted wreck to determine whether or not it was activated and deployed. While it may have activated automatically as the vessel capsized it is unlikely that its signal could be received if it is still aboard the ship and under water.

Although Morales is quoted as suggesting that the EPIRB may have been disabled by damage subsained by storm winds causing it to hit a wall, “That’s the only way for it not to send a signal because it’s automatic,” he says, the majority of EPIRB failures are due to poor maintenance, in particular the battery.

Morales also believed that the ship’s medium frequency, high frequency, VHF and two-way radio equipment antennae were damaged by the storm winds and so couldn’t be used for emergency communications. Only a single side-band radio and a cellphone were used when the ship ran into trouble.

The Philippine Coastguard is poorly equipped for emergencies. No GMDSS station is currently functioning in the archipelago and it is not equipped to receive DSC.  A spokeman for the Philippine Coastguard, PCG, Lieutenant Armand Balilo, is cited as saying that the PCG itself only has VHF and HF radios. It has some 108 VHF AND 78 HF radios to cover more than 7,000 islands, sixteen more VHF radios are not functioning, and PCG relies to cellphones.

So if you’re passing through the Philippines make sure your cellphone is handy, charged and loaded

Jun 092008

Fortunately Mobilarm will provide some for you if you fall overboard. The company’s website announces: “Mobilarm provides lorem ipsum dolor sit arnet, cons etetur sadlpiscing elltra sed diam nonurmy”, which is a relief to know, but what does it actually mean?

Mobilarm’s page on it’s recently launched V100 VPIRB, doesn’t enlighten us so prehaps lorem ipsum is an optional extra on top of the $749 asking price.

Okay, I’ll come clean, just to prove that being sarky can be educational. “Lorem ipsum” is a place-filler used in designing pages, print or electronic, which stops you being distracted by the meaning of the words so you can concentrate on the look of the presention. Evidentally this oddity is left over from the design stage of the Mobilarm webpage.

The effect appears in Explorer and Safari Browsers but does on Firefox.

Lorem Ipsum does have a noble lineage, though. It’s based on a text by Cicero, “The Purposes of Good And Evil“, written around 45BC. In translation part of it reads “Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?”

I don’t think he’s talking about kinky stuff but the benefits of hard unpleasant work, like seafarers from third world countries going aboard ship to give some hope to their families for an escape from poverty.

I’m sure the V100 works and will provide you with all the lorem ipsum you need when you fall overboard.