Marine Notice 18

 EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) Performance Standards for all under 15m Fishing Vessels are as follows:

• The EPIRB must have an integrated GPS receiver. This is to enable greater position accuracy, hence a quicker response time in the event of activation.

• The EPIRB and release mechanism must be in compliance with the requirements of the European Council Directive 96/98/EC on marine equipment (MED), as amended. Note: Compliance with (MED) 96/98/EC is indicated by a ‘Mark of Conformity’ (i.e. the Wheel mark, see left above) affixed to the EPIRB. To ensure compliance, a wheel marked manufacturer’s declaration of conformity should be included with the EPIRB when purchasing the unit.

PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) Performance Standards for all under 15m Fishing Vessels:

• The required PLBs must be the 406 MHz satellite type and be provided with a 121.5 MHz homing device.

• PLBs must have an integrated GPS receiver. This is to enable greater position accuracy, hence a quicker response time in the event of activation.

• PLBs must be programmed with Ireland’s country code, i.e. have a serial number beginning with 1F4E.

• PLBs must be Category 1 type, i.e. the PLB shall have sufficient positive buoyancy to float in fresh water; or

• PLBs may be Category 2 type if fully integrated into an approved PFD (Personal Floatation Device).

• PLB models must be type approved by Cospas-Sarsat and certified in accordance with Directive 1999/5/EC on radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment (R&TTE) and the European Standard ETSI EN 302 152.

Note: Compiance with Directive 1999/5/EC (directive R&TTE) is indicated by a ‘CE Mark of Conformity’ (see right above) affixed to the PLB.

To ensure compliance, a CE manufacturer’s declaration of conformity should be included with the PLB when purchasing the unit.