Orolia Maritime highlights new UK safety code of practice for fishing vessels at Seawork 2018

Global leader in emergency readiness and response, Orolia Maritime, is highlighting the importance of upgrading vessels to comply with the new UK code of practice for the safety of small fishing vessels under 15m at this year’s Seaworks event, with partners SMG. The introduction of this new code emphasises the importance of best practice and the necessary equipment needed to reduce the number of fatalities in the UK’s small fishing vessels.

Enforced via Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) certification, the new code is called the Marine Safety Notice 1871 Construction and stipulates the legal requirement for small fishing vessels with an overall length of over 10m to carry an automatic GNSS (GPS) EPIRB. Smaller vessels may choose this option or may alternatively supply each crew member with an individual PLB with GNSS capabilities. The code also strongly recommends fishermen wear personal flotation devices.

These new requirements will take effect on 23rd October 2019 for existing fishing vessels, while vessels that are being registered to become fishing boats for the first time must comply immediately. A helpful guide ‘Understanding the new UK Safety Code of

Practice for Fishing Vessels Under 15m’ will be available at SMG’s stand A121 at Seawork.

Gwynne Lewis, Maritime Product Line Director, Orolia says, “It is essential that British fishermen are aware of the new requirements. It is important that all vessels have the necessary upgraded safety equipment. Our award winning EPIRBs not only ensure that vessels are fully compliant with this new legislation, but we are the world’s first to offer localised rescue via AIS.”

Orolia’s award-winning McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRBs are the world’s first distress beacons to support four frequencies: international 406 MHz and 121.5MHz alert frequency for beacon transmission, GNSS for location positioning, and the localised rescue power of AIS. These feature rich beacons include a hidden hands-free carry strap, a ten year battery, three GNSS sources, and multiple false activation protection measures. Designed to automatically deploy and activate the EPIRB once submerged, they meet and exceed the new requirements for small fishing vessels.

Boat owners who want to upgrade to localised rescue with the SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB, can take advantage of the McMurdo Summer Offer of a free duffle grab bag on purchases before September 2018.

Visit the SMG stand at Seawork this year on stand number A121, to meet the Orolia maritime team, learn more about the Marine Safety Notice 1871 beacon requirements and how to upgrade your vessel to localised rescue with McMurdo AIS EPIRBs, Electronic and AIS MOBs.

What: Orolia Maritime issues MCA Safety Regulation guide, demonstrates our award winning AIS EPIRB and offers a Free McMurdo Grab bag with EPIRB purchases at Seaworks 2018
When: 3-5 July 2018
Where:    SMG stand A121, Mayflower Park venue in Southampton, SO14 2AQ