GME 406 MHz EPIRB Product Safety Recall (Amendment 2014-08-08) - SSB No.: 04/2014

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RDIMS No.: 9175301
Date (Y-M-D): 2014-07-14
Ship Safety Bulletin

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Purpose:

This Ship Safety Bulletin:

  • informs Canadian Mariners about a recent product safety recall related to GME branded EPIRBs made by Standard Communications Pty Ltd.; and 
  • reminds Canadian Mariners to conduct periodic EPIRB inspections and provide up-to-date contact information to the Canadian Beacon Registry.

Background:

GME 406 MHz EPIRBs received Canadian type acceptance in 2008.  On July 2nd, 2014 GME issued a precautionary safety alert about a small number of GME EPIRBs that failed the self-test procedure. Such a failure may mean that the EPIRB will not operate in an emergency.

You can view this safety alert on the GME website at:

http://www.gme.net.au/public/pdf/brochures/47880-1_safetyrecall.pdf

Periodic Testing:

If regulations require you carry an EPRIB on your vessel, you must:

  • test the EPIRBs at least once every six months, as set out in the manufacturer’s instructions; and
  • record the results in the radio log. 

If you carry a 406 MHz EPRIB on your vessel on a voluntary basis, Transport Canada recommends that you follow the manufacturer’s testing schedule. 

Registration:

Remember, you must register 406 MHz beacons with the Canadian Beacon Registry (CBR).  You must also notify the CBR:

  • about any changes in status of your vessel or emergency point-of-contact; and
  • when you remove 406 MHz beacons for storage, sale, replacement or disposal.

You can register 406 MHz beacons free-of-charge on line at: https://www.cbr-rcb.ca

You can also contact the CRB by:

Mail

Canadian Beacon Registry
CFB Trenton, PO Box 1000 Stn Forces
Astra, Ontario  K0K 3W0

Telephone

1-877-406-SOS1 (7671)

Facsimile

1-877-406-FAX8 (8298)

E-Mail

CBR@sarnet.dnd.ca

The following document is available for downloading or viewing:
GME 406 MHz EPIRB Precautionary Alert (120 KB)

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Keywords:
Questions concerning this bulletin should be addressed to:
  1. Beacon
  2. GME
  3. EPIRB
AMSEC
Russ Renaud
613-998-0602
Transport Canada
Marine Safety and Security
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N8

Contact us at: marinesafety-securitemaritime@tc.gc.ca or 1-855-859-3123 (Toll Free).

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