SMARTFIND E5 and G5 EPIRB User Manual

E5 and G5 EPIRB
User Manual
Safety notices
CAUTION: The EPIRB is an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon.
Use only in situations of grave and imminent danger to life.
CAUTION: False alerts endanger lives and cause disruption to Search and
Rescue services. Deliberate misuse of the EPIRB could result in penalty.
WARNING: Spring action antenna deployment; tilt the EPIRB away from
your face when deploying the antenna.
CAUTION: Do not dismantle the EPIRB. Contains no user-serviceable parts.
CAUTION: Contains lithium batteries. Do not incinerate, puncture, deform,
short-circuit or recharge.
CAUTION: Dispose of a used EPIRB in accordance with local waste
disposal regulations. Refer to End of Life Statement.
CAUTION: Avoid using chemical solvents to clean the EPIRB as some
solvents can damage the case material.
CAUTION: An EPIRB is a radio transmitter. Some administrations may
require that the user holds a valid radio licence to cover its ownership and
WARNING: the high intensity flashing strobe light may cause discomfort if
viewed for prolonged periods.
Radio Frequency Exposure Warning
WARNING: The EPIRB emits low levels of radio frequency radiation; avoid
handling the antenna once activated.
The EPIRB must be promptly registered with the appropriate National Authority. Failure
to register the EPIRB could delay a Search and Rescue (SAR) response and may be
Ownership details
Vessel Name:
Owner details:
OVERVIEW ............................................................................ 5
DESCRIPTION ....................................................................... 6
CONTROLS AND INDICATORS ........................................... 7
EPIRB STOWAGE ................................................................. 8
EPIRB OPERATING PROCEDURE ..................................... 10
GETTING THE BEST FROM THE EPIRB ........................... 12
FALSE ALERTS .................................................................. 15
INSTALLATION ................................................................... 16
SELF TEST .......................................................................... 20
MAINTENANCE ................................................................ 21
SPECIFICATION ............................................................... 25
WARRANTY STATEMENT ............................................... 26
END OF LIFE STATEMENT ............................................. 27
ANNEX 1. REGISTRATION INFORMATION .................... 28
The information and illustrations contained in this publication are to the best of our knowledge correct at the
time of going to print. We reserve the right to change specifications, equipment, installation and
maintenance instructions without notice as part of our policy of continuous product development and
improvement. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in
any form, electronic or otherwise without permission in writing from Orolia Ltd. No liability can be accepted
for any inaccuracies or omissions in the publication, although every care has been taken to make it as
complete and accurate as possible. This manual is applicable for McMurdo Smartfind E5 and G5 version 2
EPIRBs manufactured after January 2013.
This Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is intended for carriage on
SOLAS and non-SOLAS vessels. When carrying an EPIRB on board you enjoy the
reassurance of a last resort safeguard against any life threatening incidents that may
occur anywhere in the world. Only operate the EPIRB in situations of grave and imminent
danger to life. False alerts endanger lives. Help prevent them by understanding how to
look after the EPIRB.
Cospas Sarsat system
EPIRBs transmit a unique emergency message identifier via the Cospas-Sarsat satellite
system which can determine your location anywhere on the earth’s surface. In most cases
the first emergency alert is received within 5 minutes of activation, depending on satellite
coverage at the time this can sometimes extend to around 45 minutes. When the
emergency alert message is received at a Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) it is cross
referenced by the Unique Identifier Number (UIN) against user registration information.
Details of the alert will be forwarded to the appropriate local Search and Rescue (SAR)
teams. Keeping your vessels registration details up to date is critical to ensuring a quick
SAR response. If you have purchased the GPS version, it has a built-in GPS receiver
which can reduce the time for Search and Rescue teams to arrive on scene, as your
precise coordinates are transmitted within the first few minutes. Non-GPS versions are
pinpointed using Doppler Shift from the over-flying satellites.
EPIRBs have a secondary or ‘homing’ transmitter which allows SAR teams to direction
find or ‘home in’ on the EPIRB once they arrive on the scene. Once activated the EPIRB
will continue to transmit emergency alerts for a minimum of 48 hours.
For further information visit Cospas-Sarsat on line at
You must register your EPIRB with the appropriate authorities.
Failure to file a valid user register may slow the rescue and lead to loss of life.
The EPIRB is pre-programmed with a Unique Identity Number (UIN) before it reaches the
end customer. The UIN must be registered with the national authority indicated in the
white area of the label on the rear of the EPIRB. Complete the included user registration
form and return it to the address indicated. As some authorities may require online
registration always check for any guidance notes printed on the registration form. The
country code programmed into your EPIRB is shown on the rear identity label. You must
register your vessel and contact details with the authorities in that country.
Vessel name
Country code
Example only
How to register
Refer to Annex 1. for details of specific national user registration requirements.
Always ensure that any changes of registration or contact details are promptly notified.
An EPIRB is intended to be a one-shot device. Once activated it will transmit emergency
alerts for at least 48 hours. The EPIRB will work best while floating in water, but can also
be operated while on board a vessel, in a liferaft or on land (when placed on the ground).
The key components of your EPIRB are:
Flexible whip, should be near vertical when operating.
Flashing signal light, visible through the clear lens dome when the EPIRB is
switched on.
Indicates the current operating status, visible through the clear lens dome.
Protected by a tear-off anti-tamper tab. Break the tab upwards, push the
switch in and move it fully left to activate the EPIRB.
Sea switch The two studs on the sides of the EPIRB are sea switch contacts. Submerge
these in water to activate the EPIRB automatically.
Test button Self test verifies the readiness of the EPIRB.
Pull the lanyard spool down to free it. Use the cord to tether the EPIRB to a
PFD (Personal Flotation Device) or survival craft.
Test button
Strobe light
Green LED
(GPS model
Sea switch contact
(one each side)
EPIRB activation switch.
Break off the anti-tamper
tab to gain access to the
activation switch beneath.
Manual actvation (switch)
The EPIRB is manually activated break off the anti-tamper tab to gain access to the
manual activation switch beneath.
Automatic Sea switch (contacts)
When the EPIRB is released from its bracket a magnetic switch activates and places the
EPIRB into a “ready” state. It will turn on automatically if the sea switch contacts on either
side of the EPIRB body are immersed in water regardless of the status of the manual
activation switch. The Automatic sea water switch has a built-in time delay to ensure that
it operates correctly in rough seas. The EPIRB must be in the water for at least 2 seconds
before it will automatically activate and it has to be dry for at least 8 seconds before it will
stop transmitting.
TEST button
The test button is used to verify the readiness of the EPIRB.
Strobe light
Four high visibility LEDs flash simultaneously to produce the strobe light zone, this
provides a visual means of locating the EPIRB.
It will start flashing immediately after the EPIRB is switched ON. Its flashing
will pause for a short time when each 406 MHz alert transmission is sent,
which is once every 50 seconds.
Strobe light (EPIRB ON)
1 flash every 3 seconds, pause every 50 seconds
Red LED (indicator)
The red LED illuminates when the EPIRB is first switched ON and will start to flash slowly
once the first transmissions are made.
121.5 MHz transmission is taking place whenever the Red LED is flashing alternately with
the strobe light.
Every 50 seconds, the red LED will flash rapidly followed by a single long flash to indicate
each 406 MHz transmission.
Green LED (GPS version only)
The green LED flashes alternately with the strobe, to indicate that a valid position has
been obtained by the GPS receiver. Every 50 seconds it illuminates for 2 seconds to
indicate that the position is being transmitted on 406MHz. Every 20 minutes the GPS
receiver updates its position information. If a fix is not obtained, the green LED stops
flashing, and illuminates only every 50 seconds, when the previous position information is
Bulkhead bracket (category 2)
The bulkhead bracket has two parts.
The EPIRB can be quickly unclipped from
the bulkhead mount for easy stowage.
Always transport the EPIRB in the Carrysafe
The Carrysafe collar keeps the EPIRB
protected against accidental activation even
when wet.
Press catch
and lift the
Releasing EPIRB from the bulkhead bracket
Pull the R-clip out of the bracket to release the retaining strap. Hold the antenna to
prevent it springing loose and lift the EPIRB out of the mounting points.
1 1. Release the antenna tip
2 2. Pull the R-clip out of
the bracket and
release the retaining
3 3. Lift the EPIRB out of
the collar
Float-free enclosure (category1)
The float-free version EPIRB has a plastic enclosure. It contains a spring-loaded lever
which automatically pushes the enclosure lid off and releases the EPIRB if the vessel
sinks. Automatic ejection is controlled by a Hydrostatic Release Unit (HRU) before it
reaches 4 metres (13 feet) depth.
As the EPIRB floats away it automatically activates.
Never tie the EPIRB lanyard to the vessel because doing so would prevent the
EPIRB from floating free.
Manually releasing EPIRB from the enclosure
Remove the R-clip from the retaining rod, then pull off the enclosure cover and remove
the EPIRB.
Vessel Sinking
If abandoning ship and there is time to fetch the EPIRB, release the EPIRB from its
mounting bracket and carry it with you to the liferaft.
Category 1 float-free enclosure
Automatic activation
If the vessel sinks, the EPIRB will automatically release itself from its enclosure before it
reaches a depth of 4 metres. The EPIRB will float to the surface and automatically start to
Category 2 bulkhead bracket
Manual activation
Remove the EPIRB completely from the Carrysafe collar to gain access to the rear facing
activation switch.
Break off the anti-tamper tab by pulling it upwards
Push the switch catch in and move the switch fully to the left “ON” position
When the EPIRB is first activated the strobe light will start to flash immediately and the
Red LED will light. After 50 seconds has passed the Red LED will start to flash indicating
that the distress transmissions have started.
The 50 second delay before the first transmission is made allows the user to turn the
EPIRB off if it was activated in error.
The antenna should be positioned as upright as possible with a clear view of the sky.
Avoid handling the antenna, as this may impair performance.
Turning the EPIRB off
Should the EPIRB be activated by mistake or if the emergency ends then the EPIRB can
be turned OFF by sliding the activation switch fully to the right.
After water activation, dry the sea switch contacts and wait about 8 seconds for the
automatic sea switch to de-activate.
The strobe light will stop flashing and the red LED will go out.
After EPIRB activation and as soon as practical the EPIRB should be taken to a service
agent, who will fit a new switch anti-tamper tab, and check the battery condition. If the
EPIRB has been used for more than 6 hours in total, a set of fresh battery packs should
be fitted to ensure the full 48 hour operational life is still available. This is necessary to
ensure that in an emergency it will operate for the full 48 hours required by international
The EPIRB is designed and optimised to be used floating in the sea. But it can also be
used in other situations.
Aboard ship:
Place the EPIRB in the open, clear of overhangs
Keep the EPIRB upright (hold it if necessary)
i Place the EPIRB close to large structures
Lay the EPIRB on its side
Place the EPIRB under cover
Secure the EPIRB lanyard to the vessel
In a liferaft:
Deploy the EPIRB so that it is visible outside of the liferaft canopy.
Uncoil the lanyard and tie it to the liferaft, then throw the EPIRB overboard so that it floats
close by.
Stowing the EPIRB
Manual bracket
Hold the bracket collar open and drop the EPIRB into the bracket. The slots in the EPIRB
fit over the locating lugs in the bracket.
Hold the collar shut and fit the R-clip to secure the EPIRB. Fold over the antenna and
locate the end moulding in the retaining slot.
Align slot with lug
Fit R-clip
Locate end of antenna in slot
Re-fitting into enclosure
Place the EPIRB on its side in the enclosure with the TEST button in view.
Engage base of EPIRB into the recess in the lever arm.
Bend the antenna and retain it in the recess.
Refit cover squarely, engaging the guides at the top end and the rod through hole
in cover.
5. Locate cover onto back plate and snap the lower end down over locating lug
6. Refit R-clip into groove at end of release rod. (Do not fit through hole)
CAUTION: Failure to fit EPIRB correctly may impair its ability to float free in an
Cover correctly
snapped in place
If the EPIRB has been accidentally activated, or if rescue is affected before arrival of the
rescue services:
Switch off the EPIRB and notify the appropriate rescue services or authorities at
the earliest possible time.
Contact the rescue services, coastguard, or police by radio or telephone to advise
them of the false alert.
You may be asked to provide the UIN (15 digit Hex ID number) of the EPIRB, date, time,
duration, cause of activation and geographic location at the time you switched off the
Dealing with a transmitting EPIRB
In the unlikely event that the EPIRB develops a fault and will not turn off, transmissions
can be prevented from reaching the satellite by cutting off the antenna close to its base.
The EPIRB should then be wrapped in metal foil or placed in a sealed metal container or
steel locker.
Take care when dealing with the antenna, refer to product safety warnings.
Do contact the authorities to notify them of the false alert.
Leave the EPIRB for 3 days or until the battery has fully run down before having it
Fully disabling an EPIRB
If it is necessary to fully disable an EPIRB by unplugging the battery pack, proceed as
Locate a medium size cross-headed
Unscrew and retain the 3 sealing screws
that hold the top dome onto the base
Lift the lens dome off and circuit board
away from the base section.
Avoid touching the circuit board if
Carefully unplug each of the three white
battery connectors.
Bulkhead bracket
When selecting a suitable mounting position consider:
Ease of access in an emergency.
Position at least 1 metre from compass equipment and 50 cm from powerful
magnets e.g. magnets found in loud speakers and radio equipment.
Allow sufficient clearance above the EPIRB to allow for easy removal from the
bulkhead bracket.
Mounting procedure
The bulkhead bracket is designed to mount on a flat surface using four fixing points.
Four stainless steel screws 25mm in length are included. Check that the rear side of the
mounting surface is clear and that the fixing screws will not penetrate through into any
other objects.
Offer the bracket into the chosen position and mark through the mounting slots using the
bracket as a template.
Drill four 3mm (1/8”) holes and securely screw the bracket in place.
Category 1 automatic release installation
The enclosure should be mounted upright against a vertical bulkhead. Alternately, it may
be mounted horizontally on a flat surface, such as a cabin roof. No other orientations are
It is critical to locate the enclosure in a position where the released EPIRB will not get
trapped by overhangs, rigging, antennas etc, should the vessel ever sink. An expanse of
flat surface is required to allow the enclosure lid to eject.
Mount it were it can easily be accessed without use of a ladder
Mount it close to the vessel’s navigation position
Consider ease of access in an emergency
i Positions with insufficient space for lid ejection and maintenance.
i Positions within 1m (3') of any compass equipment.
i Mounting within 2m (6') of any Radar antenna.
i Direct impact from waves
i Locations where damage is possible when operating other equipment
i Exhaust fumes, chemical and oil sources and areas of high vibration
Mounting procedure
Locate enclosure base against a flat surface using the 4 fixing points. The base plate of
the enclosure can be used as a drilling guide.
1. Pull out the R-shaped clip and remove the enclosure lid. Note how the EPIRB fits
then remove it to somewhere dry (its sea switch is now armed).
2. Offer the base plate into the chosen position and mark through the mounting holes.
3. The enclosure is supplied with x4 25mm (1”) stainless steel wood screw fixings.
6mm (1/4”) nuts and bolts can also be used (not supplied).
Category 1 enclosure installation outline
Marking Hydrostatic Release Unit (HRU) expiry (Category 1 enclosure)
The HRU has a two year in-service life starting from the date of installation of the EPIRB.
The installer must mark off the month date of two years into the future on the body of the
HRU and put the same month date onto the label on the outside of the enclosure.
Mark the HRU by cutting out the corresponding month and year label date.
The outside of the enclosure should be marked using the alpha-numeric stickers provided
and then covered with the clear adhesive label provided. Use date format, month and
year, for example: JUN 2006.
Marking vessel name
The vessel name should be marked on the EPIRB body and on the Category 1 enclosure
if fitted. Alpha-numeric stickers are provided to do this, protect the markings with a section
of the clear adhesive label provided.
Lift off required letter
(a small knife blade
works well)
Apply name letters to
EPIRB rear label and
enclosure cover
Cover name letters
with clear label
Instruction plate
The EPIRB is supplied with a self-adhesive instruction plate, which has basic visual
instructions showing how to operate the EPIRB in an emergency.
Mount the instruction plate next to the EPIRB so that it is easily visible in an emergency.
During vessel maintenance, ensure the plate does not get painted over or cleaned down
with strong degreasing solvents.
Self test button
The EPIRB has a built-in self test capability that will confirm whether the battery is
healthy, both distress transmitters are functional and that the high intensity strobe light is
operational. It is recommended to self test the EPIRB monthly, more frequent self testing
can put unnecessary drain on the battery. During the EPIRB self test, a specially coded
test transmission is sent that will not alert the authorities. A self test can be made while
the Category 2 EPIRB is held in the Carrysafe bracket, a Category1 EPIRB should be
removed from the enclosure first. The self test should be carried out during the first 5
minutes of the hour so as to minimise any disturbance of the emergency channels.
1. Push and hold the TEST button down until the red LED indicator lights.
2. A successful self test will result in the red LED and strobe light flashing together a
number of times.
3. The number of strobe light flashes indicates past battery usage;
Accumulated Battery Use
0 to 4
4 to 6
More than 6
Number of strobe light
Once the self test has completed the EPIRB will switch off automatically.
A self test failure will result in NO strobe light flash and the red LED turning OFF.
Each self test draws small amounts of energy from the battery pack. Unnecessary testing
of the EPIRB will reduce the run time of the EPIRB in an emergency. On average, the
EPIRB should only be self tested 12 times per year, or a total of 72 times during the 6
year battery lifetime.
If the EPIRB has been activated for a cumulative period in excess of 6 hours (self testing
and operation), then the battery must be replaced to ensure that in an emergency it will
still operate for a minimum of 48 hours at -20 pC as required by International regulations.
If the EPIRB fails self test it should be immediately removed from service.
Long self test (GPS version only)
The GPS model can also be put through a GPS long self test which includes allowing the
GPS to acquire a fix. As this test consumes significant amounts of power it is restricted to
a maximum of 10 tests in total.
Take the EPIRB outside under an unobstructed sky. Press and hold the TEST button until
the red LED lights, then release. Wait for the standard self test to complete, then
immediately the strobe light flashes, press and hold the TEST button for 15 seconds or
until the red LED lights again. The red LED will stay ON and the green LED will begin to
flash. The TEST button may now be released.
Typically the test will run for 15 minutes, during the test do not shield the EPIRB and do
not stand over it.
A successful GPS position test will cause the green LED to light continuously for a short
length of time and then go out. A fail is indicated by a continuous red LED.
Routine checks
Self test the EPIRB monthly, check that the battery is in date and examine the outer case
and bracket for any signs of damage. If required, clean the outer case with fresh water,
wipe dry and examine the EPIRB and bracket for any damage.
CAUTION: Never use chemical solvents to clean the EPIRB or bracket.
Inspect the EPIRB and its mountings visually for deterioration or damage. The EPIRB is
designed to allow water to circulate around the outer edge of the dome (inside the outer
clear plastic edge but outside the waterproof seal). Consequently a volume of water in this
area is of no significance.
Make the following checks;
lanyard is not tied to the vessel structure
battery is in date
sea switch contacts are clean
antenna springs to a near-vertical position when released.
frangible switch seal intact
Self test monthly
Category 2 bracket:
i EPIRB is correctly fitted and secure in its bracket
Category 1 enclosure:
i HRU is in date
i EPIRB base is located into the D-shaped recess and antenna is correctly stowed
i R clip is fitted into the groove at end of plastic rod (not through hole)
Never paint the EPIRB or its mounting bracket or enclosure, during vessel cleansing or
painting always temporally remove the EPIRB and its mounting to a safe place.
After a manual activation
The anti-tamper switch cover must be replaced by a service agent.
CAUTION: The battery may be run down and need replacement (see below).
Inadvertent operation
The anti tamper switch cover must be replaced by a service agent and the remaining
battery life checked (see below).
Battery replacement
The exact battery expiry date is marked under the EPIRB lens dome and repeated on the
outside of the Category 1 enclosure.
The batteries must be replaced when:
The expiry date has been reached or
The EPIRB has been used in an emergency situation or
A false activation exceeds 6 hours of use.
According to national rule or regulation
Service of the EPIRB should only be carried out by an approved service agent.
Keep the original packing material for re-use whenever the EPIRB is sent for battery
replacement or service.
GMDSS inspections
Vessels that are subject to GMDSS regulations must have the EPIRB checked and tested
by a ships radio surveyor enforcing national legislation. The surveyor will check the expiry
dates and test activate the EPIRB to ensure that it meets the required performance
criteria. They will read the identity message stored inside the EPIRB to confirm
registration details. Leisure vessels are not generally subject to official EPIRB inspection,
however, in some countries charter, passenger carrying and fishing vessels maybe.
Category 1 enclosure HRU replacement
The HRU has a mandatory 2 year service replacement interval.
WARNING: Failure to replace the HRU after 2 years in service has elapsed may
result in the EPIRB not automatically deploying in an emergency.
CAUTION: It is most important that all of the supplied replacement parts are fitted,
never reuse an old plastic rod or fixing E-clip.
Only ever fit an original McMurdo replacement HRU Kit:
Part No.82-962-001A. McMurdo Breakthru HRU,
The kit includes HRU, a replacement breakable plastic rod, e-clip, washer, date labels
and instruction sheet.
HRU replacement procedure:
1. Remove enclosure R-clip and cover
2. Remove the EPIRB, stow it in a dry place It may activate if allowed to get wet
3. Hold down the lever arm to take up the force of the spring
4. Push the HRU back then upwards out of the slot in the lever arm
5. When the rear clip disengages slowly release the lever arm
6. The HRU with its breakable rod can now be lifted free and replaced
7. Fit the new HRU over the new rod, with its label facing outward
8. Fit the replacement washer and new E-clip, ensure rod moves freely
9. Mark the HRU with an expiry date 2 years into the future
10. Slide the HRU into the slot in the lever arm and push lever arm down
11. Engage rear washer into back-plate by pushing back and sliding down
12. Look under the spring and check that the washer is fully engaged
13. Re-Fit the EPIRB, cover and R-clip
14. On side of cover, remove old HRU expiry date and mark new date.
Fitting HRU
Rear E-clip
Breakable rod
washer here
Lever arm
Passenger Aircraft
This product contains small lithium metal batteries. The EPIRB can normally be taken on
board a passenger aircraft as a personal item in carry-on hand baggage. We recommend
declaring the EPIRB to airline staff at check in, in the same way you would for a laptop PC
or video camera.
As air cargo
This product contains small lithium metal batteries and may be classed as ‘not restricted’
for air cargo when handled according to requirement PI 970 of the IATA Dangerous
Goods Regulations (52nd Edition). Always check with the carrier concerned for any
additional shipment restrictions that may apply.
406 MHz
121.5 MHz
Strobe light
Power output
Power output
Light output
Flash rate
GPS Receiver
(Smartfind G5 Centre frequency
Plus only)
Operating life
Shelf life
Automatic release
Height of body
Length of antenna
Satellite system
Meets IMO
406.040 MHz + 1 kHz
5 W typical
Phase (16K0GID)
121.5 MHz +3.5 kHz
50 mW radiated typical
Swept tone AM (3K20A3X)
Four high intensity LEDs
0.75 cd minimum
23 flashes per minute
1.57542 GHz
-175 dBW minimum
48 hours minimum
6 years typical in service
-20 pC to +55 pC
(-4° F to +131° F)
-30 pC to +70 pC
(-22° F to +158° F)
4 metres max. (13 feet)
770 grams (1.7 lb)
21 cm (8.2 inches)
18 cm (7 inches)
Cospas-Sarsat T.001/T.007
IEC 61097-2
Marine Equipment Directive
USCG/FCC approved
IEC 61097-2
A.662(16); A.694(17);
A.810(19); A.814(19)
This device complies with the GMDSS provisions of part 80 of the FCC rules.
EC Declaration of Conformity
Hereby Orolia Ltd declares that this EPIRB is in compliance with the essential
requirements and other relevant provisions of the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) –
96/98/EC. A copy of the Declaration Of Conformity can be obtained on line from;
Orolia Ltd warranty registration
Congratulations on purchasing your beacon. As standard your unit has a one year (12
months) warranty from the date of purchase shown or your invoice, however, this can be
extended by a further four years by simply registering your unit on-line at:
Then follow the REGISTER WARRANTY link at the top of the page.
Warranty Statement
Subject to the provisions set out below Orolia Ltd warrants that this product will be free of defects in
materials and workmanship for a period of up to five years (see above) from the date of purchase. Orolia
Ltd will not be liable to the buyer under the above warranty:for any defect arising from fair wear and tear, wilful damage, negligence, abnormal working conditions,
failure to follow Orolia Ltd’s instructions (whether oral or in writing) including a failure to install properly
and/or to use batteries recommended and/or supplied by Orolia Ltd, misuse or alterations or repair of the
product by persons other than Orolia Ltd or an Approved Service Agent;
for parts, materials or equipment not manufactured by Orolia Ltd in respect of which the buyer shall only be
entitled to the benefit of any warranty or guarantee given by the manufacturer to Orolia Ltd;
for the battery storage life which is specifically excluded from this warranty;
if the total price for the product has not been paid.
indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages of any kind sustained from any cause. In no event
shall Orolia Ltd be liable for any breach of warranty or other claim in an amount exceeding the purchase
price of the product. This warranty does not affect any statutory rights of the consumer. In order to be valid,
claims must be made under the above warranty in writing as soon as practicable after discovery of the
defect or failure and within the warranty period referred to above. Proof of purchase will be required. The
claim should be sent together with the product in question to the address set out below or to an Approved
Service Agent. Following a valid warranty claim Orolia Ltd shall be entitled to repair or replace the product
(or part) in question free of charge, or at Orolia Ltd’s sole discretion to refund to the buyer the price of the
product (or a proportional part of the price). Orolia Ltd shall not be liable to a buyer who is not a consumer
for any other loss or damage (whether indirect, special or consequential loss of profit or otherwise) costs,
expenses or other claims for compensation which arise out of or in connection with this product. In the case
of a consumer Orolia Ltd shall only be liable where other loss or damage is foreseeable.
Nothing shall limit Orolia Ltd’s liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence. This warranty is
to be interpreted under English law.
All enquiries relating to this warranty or Approved Service Agents should be sent to:
Orolia Ltd, Silver Point, Airport Service Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5PB, UK
Telephone: Int + 44 (0) 23 9262 3900 Fax:
Int + 44 (0) 23 9262 3998
An Orolia Group Business
At the end of the EPIRB’s useful life, it is vital that the battery be disconnected from the
main unit to prevent false alarms. False alarms cause expensive disruption to Search and
Rescue services and may endanger lives as a consequence. It is also necessary that the
EPIRB and its battery pack be disposed of in a manner that does not present a threat of
environmental damage.
Battery Removal instruction
Refer to section 7.
Contains traces of lithium, may contain traces of lead and brominated
flame retardants (BFRs), both in the housing material and circuit boards.
Orolia Ltd strongly recommends that this EPIRB product and its battery pack be disposed
of in a sensible and considerate manner. For example, do not simply discard the product
in the domestic waste. Instead take it to a civil recycling facility, or contact Orolia Ltd for
Green Passport: Ship Recycling Information
Orolia Ltd hereby declares potentially hazardous content in some of its electronic
products. Small amounts of the following substances may be present: beryllium oxide,
lithium, lead, brominated flame retardants, glass.
In keeping with European directive 2002/96/EC (Waste Electronic and Electrical
Equipment) and the provisions of IMO Resolution A.962(23) (Guidelines On Ship
Recycling), Orolia Ltd strongly recommends that its products, including any battery packs,
be disposed of in a considerate and legal manner.
Registration of 406MHz satellite EPIRBs with the EPIRB Registration Section of the
national authority is mandatory, due to the global alerting nature of the Cospas-Sarsat
system. The information provided in the registration is used only for search and rescue
If the EPIRB is to enter service immediately, complete the registration card and fax or
email the information to the relevant national authority. Some administrations allow for on
line registration. The authorities will normally provide the registered user with a DECAL
label which you are obliged to fit to the EPIRB body as ‘proof of registration’.
General information related to EPIRB registration requirements around the World is
published by the Cospas-Sarsat organisation. Some administrations now allow direct
registration using the Cospas-Sarsat website online IBRD registration database.
Further information can be found on line here:
Additional registration information by country
Point of contact: Frequency Office
Point of contact: Beacon Registration
Federal Ministry for Transport
Section, AusSAR
Tel: +43 1 33181621
Tel: +61 2 6279 5766 or 1800 406 406
Fax: +43 1 33181649
Fax: +61 2 9332 6323 or 1800 406 329
Online registration: n/a
Online registration:
Owners in Australia please note the following requirement from the Australian Standards
Authority. “Advice to owners of EPIRBs”.
Registration of 406MHz satellite EPIRBs with the EPIRB Registration Section of the
National Authority is mandatory because of the global alerting nature of the system.
The information provided in the registration card is used only for rescue purposes.
Fill in the owner registration card immediately upon completion of the sales transaction.
Mail the registration card immediately.
If the beacon is to enter service immediately, complete the registration card and fax the
information to the national authority. The original card must still be mailed to the relevant
national authority for hard-copy reference and filing.
If the current owner is transferring the beacon to a new owner, the current owner is
required to inform the national authority by letter, fax or telephone the name and address
of the new owner.
The subsequent owner of the beacon is required to provide the national authority with
the information as shown in the owner registration card.
This obligation transfers to all subsequent owners”
Canadian Beacon Registry
Point of contact: IBPT
Phone: 1-877-406-SOS1 (7671)
Tel: +32 2 2268856
Fax: 1-877-406-FAX8 (3298)
Fax: +32 2 2268802
or email:
Online registration: n/a
CFB Trenton
PO Box 1000 Stn Forces
Astra, ON K0K 3W0
Point of contact: The Finnish
Communications Regulatory Authority
Tel: +358 9 69661
Fax: +358 9 6966410
Point of contact: FMCC
Tel: +33 5 61274636
Fax: +33 5 61274878
Online registration:
Greenland (Denmark)
Point of contact: Greenland Telecom
Tel: +45 35430333
Fax: +45 35431434
Email: n/a
Point of contact: Maritime Radio Affairs
Tel: +353 1 6782367
Fax: +353 1 6783109
Online registration: n/a
Point of contact: Radio Communications
Tel: +31 50 5877555
Fax: +31 50 5877400
Online: n/a
Point of contact: Post and
Telecommunications Authority
Tel: +47 2 2824600
Fax: +47 2 2824890
Online registration: n/a
South Africa
Point of contact: SASAR, MRCC Cape
Tel: +27 21 9383310
Fax: +27 21 9383319
Online registration: n/a
Point of contact: INMCC/ISTRAC/ISRO
Tel: +91 80 28371857
Fax: +91 80 28371857
Online registration: n/a
Point of contact: ITMCC
Tel: +39 080 5341571
Fax: +39 080 5342145
Online registration:
New Zealand
Point of contact: Rescue Co-ordination
Centre New Zealand
Tel: +64 4 577 8033
Fax: +64 4 577 8041
Online registration: n/a
Point of contact: Navigation, Transport,
Marine inspector
Tel: +351 21 3913529
Fax: +351 21 3979794
Email: n/a
Online registration: n/a
Point of contact: MRCC Goteborg
Tel: +46 31 699080
Fax: +46 31 648010
Email: n/a
Online registration:
Point of contact: Federal Office of
Point of contact: The EPIRB Registry, The
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Tel: +41 32 3275511
Tel: 01326 211569
Fax: +41 32 3275555
Fax: 01326 319264
Email: n/a
Online registration: n/a
Online registration:
USA Important information
Beacon registration is now available on-line. This is the preferred method of registration;
point your browser to and follow the instructions
on-screen.Use the EPIRB form.
Other Information At present, NOAA still accepts registration by mail or fax. The
registration forms are pre-printed with the correct mailing address and fax number. A
registration form may be downloaded from the website given above. However you
register the beacon, you will be sent a decal which must be attached to the beacon.
Emergency Contact It is VITAL that the Emergency Contact information is accurate,
particularly regarding the telephone number, as this will be used to validate an alert.
Only if the beacon registration and approximate location details can be confirmed will
USCG (United States Coast Guard) launch an immediate rescue, otherwise there will be
a delay whilst further alerts from the same source are received and verified.
Registration address:
NOAA SARSAT Beacon Registration
4231 Suitland Road
Suitland MD 20746
FAX: 301-817-4565
Helpline: 301-817-4515 or toll-free: 1-888-212-SAVE (7283).
If the registration details for your country are not shown here, please check for latest
information at
Sale or transfer
If the EPIRB or vessel is being transferred to a new owner, the current owner should
inform the national authority by email, facsimile, letter or telephone of the name and
address of the new owner. The new owner of the beacon is required to provide the
national authority with the information as shown on the registration card. This obligation
transfers to all subsequent owners.’
National serialised EPIRBs such are sold in USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New
Zealand do not normally need to be re-programmed when transferred to a different vessel
provided the vessel is under the same flag state. The new owner should (detail above)
complete a new registration. In most other countries, the EPIRB must be re-programmed
with either the new vessel’s Maritime Mobile Station Identity (MMSI) or its radio callsign,
whichever is required by the country controlling the new vessel. Since the EPIRB identity
contains a country code, it follows that changing the flag state of the vessel also means
the EPIRB must be re-programmed. For details of your nearest agent, either contact
Orolia Ltd using the details in the warranty section, or visit the service section of the web
Orolia Ltd
Silver Point
Airport Service Road
Portsmouth PO3 5PB
United Kingdom
+44 (0)23 9262 3900
+44 (0)23 9262 3998
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