Raising the alarm
The last of the trio of SOLAS cargo ship safety certificates is the subject of this post, the Safety Radio Certificate.
Why is it required?
It is required by SOLAS Chapter 1 regulation 9 – Surveys of Radio Installations of Cargo Ships.
The details of requirements for equipment is contained in SOLAS Chapter IV – Radiocommunications.
Which ships require it?
Cargo ships of 300 gross and above.
What information does it contain?
- Name of ship
- Distinctive number or letters
- Port of registry
- Gross tonnage
- Sea areas in which ship is certified to operate (regulation IV/2)
- IMO Number
- Date on which keel was laid or ship was at a similar stage of construction or, where applicable, date on which work for a conversion or an alteration or modification of a major character was commenced
- Completion date of the survey on which this certificate is based
What does it certify?
- That the ship has been surveyed in accordance with the requirements of regulation I/9 of the Convention.
- That the survey showed that:
- The ship complied with the requirements of the Convention as regards radio installations
- The functioning of the radio installations used in life-saving appliances complied with the requirements of the Convention.
- That an Exemption Certificate has/has not been issued.
What form should be attached?
A Record of Equipment for the Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate (Form R)
What Surveys are required?
- An initial survey before the ship is put in service;
- A renewal survey at intervals specified by the Administration but not exceeding five years
- A periodical survey within three months before or after each anniversary date of the Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate