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Radio survey enables a ship to navigate through a specific sea area by verifying and confirming it readiness with the help of qualified radio inspector. Maritronics provide finest service in radio surveys with their expert engineers.

 

In 1912, Titanic struck an iceberg and sank down to the bottom of the ocean. The marine industry over the shock of the world understood that there needs to be maritime safety rules on international level. In 1914, during the gatheration of the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization, the first Safety of Life at Sea convention was passed. It was further amended in 1960 and 1974 and to this day, new amendments are made on the 1974 version of SOLAS convention.

 

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Radio survey enables a ship to navigate through a specific sea area by verifying and confirming it readiness with the help of qualified radio inspector. The various test procedures are carried out to make communication, navigation and check safety equipment on board the vessel. Radio survey ensures that the ship is safe to be in safe without causing damage to the ship or the persons on board.

 

Radio survey equipment should be able to check all the relevant measurements required by the guidelines laid down by SOLAS Chapter IV and specified in IMO Resolutions A.997 and A.948.

 

The SOLAS regulations concerning radio communications, unless expressly provided otherwise, do not apply to:

  • Ships of war and troopships.
  • Cargo ships of less than 300 gross tonnage.
  • Ships not propelled by mechanical means.
  • Wooden ships of primitive build.

 

Radio survey needs to be performed by a qualified radio surveyor who has the right knowledge about SOLAS conventions, associated standards and appropriate ITU Radio regulations.

The radio survey should be carried out using suitable test equipment capable of performing all relevant measurements required by these Guidelines.

 

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (major revisions in 1995 and 2010), requires that the radio operator performing watchkeeping duties should:

 

  1. Ensure that the watch is maintained on the frequencies specified in the Radio Regulations and the SOLAS Convention; and
  2. While on duty, regularly check the operation of the radio equipment and its sources of energy and report to the master any failure of this equipment.

 

If a certified radio surveyor finds that the condition of the ship doesn’t match with the particulars of the certificate, a possibility of danger for ship or people on board, corrective measures should be implemented and in course notify the administration. Without the parameters being corrected, the ship won’t be allowed to leave the port and the Government of the port State concerned shall give such officer, surveyor or organization any necessary assistance to carry out their obligations under this regulation.

 

 A passenger ship shall be subject to the surveys specified below:

  • an initial survey before the ship is put in service;
  • a renewal survey once every 12 months, except when regulation 14(b), (e), (f) and – is applicable;
  • additional surveys, as occasion arises.

 

Cargo ships should be maintained as follows:

  • Surveys of life-saving appliances and other equipment of cargo ships
  • Surveys of radio installations of cargo ships
  • Surveys of structure machinery and equipment of cargo ships.

 

Surveys of radio installations of cargo ships

The radio installations, including those used in life-saving appliances, of cargo ships to which chapters III and IV apply shall be subject to the surveys specified below:

  • an initial survey before the ship is put in service;
  • a renewal survey at intervals specified by the Administration but not exceeding five years, except where regulation 14(b), (e), (f) and (g) is applicable;
  • a periodical survey within three months before or after each anniversary date of the Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate;
  • an additional survey as prescribed for passenger ships in regulation 7(b)(iii).

 

These surveys shall be carried out as follows:

  • the initial survey shall include a complete inspection of the radio installations of cargo ships, including those used in life-saving appliances, to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the present regulations;
  • the renewal and periodical surveys shall include an inspection of the radio installations of cargo ships, including those used in life-saving appliances, to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the present regulations.

 

Maritronics houses some of the best radio surveyors in the industry. Their expertise and knowledge in radio surveying can help your ship to voyage smoothly. Class approved Surveyors for RADIO surveys and VDR/SVDR surveys are American Bureau OF Shipping, Bureau Veritas, Det Norske Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, Indian Register of Shipping, Korean Register of Shipping, Lloyds Register of Shipping, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, and RINA Services. Visit us at www.maritronics.com.