Cook Islands Maritime Authority issued new requirements for fire fighter's portable radiotelephone apparatus. Applicable for cargo ships of 500 GRT and above, and all passenger ships.

All the above ships flying Cook Islands Flag constructed on or after 1 July 2014 shall carry on board a minimum of two two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus for each fire party.

Those portable apparatus shall be of an explosion-proof type or intrinsically safe.

Ships constructed before 1 July 2014 shall comply with the above requirements not later than the first statutory survey after 1 July 2018.

Cook Islands Flag Administration, considering also SOLAS Ch. II-2 Regulation 10.10.3, shall request the aforementioned two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus to be stored in the same easily accessible location of the fire fighter's outfit, and when more than one set of personal equipment is carried, they shall be stored in widely separated positions.

The fire-fighter's radio may have a coloured housing to distinguish the radio from other radios on board used either for normal operations and for emergency use, such as portable GMDSS VHFs, which are typically yellow or orange.

With regard to the minimum fire fighter's outfit to be carried on board commercial vessels, as above listed, Cook Islands Flag Administration shall refer to the followings:

  • All ships: at least two fire fighter's outfit (ref. SOLAS Ch. II-2 Regulation;

  • Passenger ships: additional outfit depending on the length of passenger spaces, number of decks, etc. (ref. SOLAS Ch. II-2 Regulation;

  • Tankers: two additional fire fighter's outfits (ref. SOLAS Ch. II-2 Regulation

Standard references and criteria:

Being not yet issued any specific technical requirements or performance standards from the IMO with regard to the above two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus, other than “being of an explosion-proof type or intrinsically safe”, Cook Islands Flag Administration refers as guidelines, but not limited to, to the following standards:

  • IEC 60079-0:2017 Explosive atmospheres - Part 0: Equipment - General requirements;

  • IEC 60079-11:2011 Explosive atmospheres - Part 11: Equipment protection by intrinsic safety 'i';

  • IEC 60945 Maritime navigation and radio communication equipment and systems - General requirements - Methods of testing and required test results;

  • Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU;

  • ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU;

  • UL 913 Standard for Intrinsically Safe Apparatus and Associated Apparatus for Use in Class I, II, and III, Division 1, Hazardous (Classified) Locations, as amended.

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