Author Archives: Peter J Hackett

Three Fishermen Rescued in North Queensland After Boat Capsize

Three fishermen rescued in North Queensland after boat capsize The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has coordinated a rescue of three fishermen off the coast of Weipa this morning after their fishing vessel sank. The men issued a Mayday radio call at around 5:30am (Qld time) which was picked up by the  REEF Vessel Traffic… Continue Reading


DISTRESS BEACONS Frequently Asked Questions CONTENTS An Introduction to Distress Beacons What is a distress beacon? Do I need a distress beacon? What types of distress beacons are there? How does a distress beacon work? What is the Cospas-Sarsat System? What is the HexID or UIN? Usage Why use a distress beacon? When should a… Continue Reading

Nautical Knowledge – What every marine skipper needs to know to keep safe at sea

Great manual to add to your sailing library! I’ve just reviewed a copy of The Boating Bible Manual of Seamanship and thoroughly recommend it to you. Based on Jim Murrant’s book, The Boating Bible – sold 70,000 copies – the content has been updated and developed into an interactive multimedia manual. It’s a useful reference… Continue Reading

Two men rescued off South Australia – EPIRB Activated

15 December 2010 Two men were successfully rescued from their cray fishing trawler off South Australia today. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB  detection about 90 nautical miles west of Robe, South Australia at 6.20am (Adelaide local time). The EPIRB was registered to a cray… Continue Reading

YES – You Do Need A Marine Radio Operators Certificate – MROCP

Over the years many questions have arisen regarding the need or value of having the marine radio operators certificate. Hopefully the following information will put to bed the very justifiable reasons to apply for the certificate. At the end of the day, it’s all about SOLAS – Safety of Life at Sea for the skipper,… Continue Reading

Why Do You Have A VHF Marine Operator’s Qualification

VHF and MF/HF marine radio equipment and Inmarsat (A, B, C) Satellite communications equipment carried on board a vessel must be under the control of a qualified operator at all times. All coast stations must also be under the control of a qualified operator. Most operators choose to obtain a Marine Radio Operators Certificate of… Continue Reading

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