EPIRB Changes for Domestic Commercial Vessels (DCV) from 1 January, 2021

New EPIRB rules from AMSA from 1 January, 2021 for Domestic Commercial vessels operating beyond 2 nautical miles from land.

https://www.amsa.gov.au/safety-navigation/distress-beacons/epirb-requirements-find-out-what-changes-mean-your-dcv-operation

Read the brochure here

 

There is a convulated flow chart, which indicates what is recommended and or required.

Click here for flow chart

 

Here are a few definitions to assist you understanding the flow chart.

DCV:

Comestic Commercial Vessel

Level flotation:

Ensures that a boat is fitted with adequate and well-located flotation, meaning the vessel should float level with the waterline, providing a safer place of refuge in the case of swamping, flooding or capsize.

B Class Waters:

Offshore operations (within 200 nautical miles from the baseline of the Australian mainland, Tasmania, a recognised island but within the exclusive economic zone)

C Class Waters:

Restricted offshore operations (within 30 nautical miles from the baseline of the Australian mainland, Tasmania, a recognised island; within 50 nautical miles of the baseline of Queensland, within the Great Barrier Reef Region or the Torres Strait Zone; whilst remaining within the exclusive economic zone)