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Consultation on float-free EPIRB changes closed Friday 2 February

Tuesday 30 January 2018

We've extended the consultation period for a further six weeks until Friday 2 February 2018 on the proposal to mandate the use of float-free emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs).

Float free beacon attached to the frame of a vessel

The extension gives affected domestic commercial vessel operators more time to consider the proposed changes and provide feedback.

We have updated the explanatory note to:

  • adjust the commencement date of the proposed changes to 1 April 2018
  • extend the proposed changes to Class 4C vessels based on feedback received and include the estimated costs for those operators
  • give further information about float-free EPIRBs and limitations of manual-only EPIRBs
  • clarify that life rafts required to carry an EPIRB under NSCV Part C7A will only need to carry a manually-activated EPIRB.

The changes relate to requirements under the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (Part C7B, Part G, and Part F2). 

Read the supporting material and have your say on our consultation page, see consultation titled NSCV C7B Design and Construction—Equipment—Communications Equipment.

Comments closed on Friday 2 February 2018.