Ships fulfil many functions and come in many shapes and sizes. Whether fishing, transporting goods, taking holiday makers on a cruise or carrying out research, ships make a huge contribution to the global economy. Shipping is an international industry and is only able to operate effectively and safely when regulations and standards are agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis.
SOLAS Chapter II-2 details fire safety provisions including protection, detection and extinction and Regulation 10.10.4 requires that a minimum of two two-way portable radiotelephones are carried on board for each fire party, in order to provide a dedicated means of communication between fire-fighters and a crew member outside the incident area. Depending on the size and type of vessel, it may actually be required to carry more than two devices. From 1 July 2018, all ships will be required to comply with the regulation.
Although Regulation 10.10.4 does not specify the frequency band to be used by the fire-fighter radios, UHF frequencies are most commonly used for on-board communication as they provide better propagation within the metal structures of ships.
In addition, the radiotelephone apparatus provided must be of an explosion-proof type or intrinsically safe. Within the EU, and for EU-registered ships, intrinsically safe equipment to be used within potentially explosive environments must meet the requirements mandated by the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU. The ATEX regulations define multiple categories of environment and set down stringent parameters for the behaviour of equipment exposed to potentially explosive dust and gas.
SOLAS CHAPTER II-2 REGULATION 10.10.4
For ships constructed on or after 1 July 2014, a minimum of two two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for each fire party for fire-fighter’s communication shall be carried on board.
Those two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus shall be of an explosion- proof type or intrinsically safe. Ships constructed before 1 July 2014 shall comply with the requirements of this paragraph not later than the first survey after
1 July 2018.
Dräger FPS®-COM 5000
5 Reasons to Consider the FPS-COM 5000
Because there is no time for misunderstandings in an emergency: The Dräger FPS®-COM 5000 communication unit has been specifically developed for the full-face mask Dräger FPS® 7000 and ensures clear communication through a voice amplifier unit or radio device – even under extreme conditions.
The Dräger FPS-COM 5000 allows you to communicate without any interference, even in the loudest environment. The digital noise reduction technology filters out any interference that may reach the microphone inside the mask or any acoustic feedback that may occur. In particular, breathing sounds are not transmitted to the voice amplifier or the radio. This prevents any misunderstanding so you can fully concentrate on your mission.
Use the attached jack to connect the Dräger FPS-COM 5000 to more than 350 different radio sets via the external Dräger C-C440 push-to-talk button or the Dräger C-C550 remote speaker microphone. Alternatively, you can connect the Dräger FPS-COM 5000 directly to the radio and use the built-in, push-to-talk button. To reduce the risk of snagging, the device can also be connected to specified radio sets via Bluetooth.
Did you forget to turn off the Dräger FPS-COM 5000 after work? No problem: the communication unit shuts off automatically if there is no breathing sound for ten minutes (after a pre-alarm). This increases the battery life, lowers maintenance costs, and ensures that your equipment is ready for use when needed.
In combination with the Dräger PSS BG 4 plus, which can supply you with breathing air for up to four hours, the Dräger FPS-COM 5000 also keeps you in contact with your colleagues during extended missions. Even during complex tasks, you can discuss the subsequent procedure with your mission leader without having to interrupt your task.
With the newly developed click-lock system, the Dräger FPS-COM 5000 is attached and removed in just a few steps. Nevertheless, the communication unit does not need to be removed for manual cleaning as it is protected against the ingress of water or humidity according to IP67.
The earpiece must fit as closely as possible to make sure important information is not lost and that no radio messages need to be repeated during a mission. The flexible gooseneck earpiece of the Dräger FPS-COM 5000 can therefore be adapted individually to suit your head shape – for a perfect fit and excellent audio quality.
MOTOTRBO™ DP4400 SERIES ATEX & TIA APPOVED DIGITAL PORTABLE TWO-WAY RADIO
Threats from explosive gas or combustible dust, on an oil rig or in an open mine, your workers confront them daily. Safe, reliable communication is absolutely critical in such dangerous environments. That’s where the power and performance of MOTOTRBO digital radio stands out.
The DP4401 Ex ATEX-certified portable delivers unrivaled voice and data communications with integrated GPS plus best-in-class audio that includes Intelligent Audio and customizable voice announcements.
Available in UHF and VHF frequency bands, the DP4401 Ex is easy to use and features up to 32 channel capacity, three programmable buttons, emergency button, mandown and lone worker functions and IP67 specifications for submersibility.
Loud front-facing speaker and Intelligent Audio feature that automatically adjusts the radio volume according the environment’s noise level
Send preprogrammed update messages to team members when radio communications need to be delivered without interrupting workers or guests
Locate mobile work teams using integrated GPS
*GPS available for DP4401 and DP4801 models only
Orange button on the top of the radio can be programmed to send an alert to a supervisor or dispatcher during an emergency situation
Three levels of scrambling or encryption built-in for increased security: 16-bit Basic Privacy, 40-bit Enhanced Privacy or 256-bit AES256 encryption.
Enables a user to interrupt another radio conversation to deliver critical communication exactly when and where it’s needed.
A digital solution that uses the internet to extend the voice and data capabilities of MOTOTRBO. Use it to link up to 15 sites for communication among geographically dispersed locations, to create wide area coverage or enhance coverage at a single site with physical barriers
Single-site digital trunking system that maximizes the capacity of your MOTOTRBO system. Use it to enable a high volume of voice and data communication for over a thousand users at a single site without adding new frequencies
Linked Capacity Plus is a multi-site digital trunking system for the MOTOTRBO platform. It leverages the high capacity of Capacity Plus, with the wide area coverage capabilities of IP Site Connect to keep your staff at various locations connected with an affordable high-capacity, wide-area trunking solution
Tightly sealed against wind and dust, and submersible in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes (IP67 rated).
Features the industry’s largest Application Developer Programme to enable a wide variety of customized applications including: location tracking, email gateways, dispatch, telephony, man-down and work order ticket management
Certified to the highest level for use in potentially explosive environments