Cobham Satcom has introduced its new Sailor 7222 VHF radio with digital selective calling (DSC), rated as Class A for use on SOLAS ships
Cobham developed this VHF radio to meet IMO’s new bridge alert management (BAM) rules coming into force in August 2021. It is an improved version of Cobham’s Sailor 6222 VHF DSC Class A, which does not comply with the new BAM requirements.
Sailor 7222 VHF DSC Class A exceeds the standards set by IMO regulations for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Class A VHF and the new BAM rules, as set out in IMO resolution MSC.302(87).
Cobham said it also meets International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)’s standards IEC 62923-1 & IEC 62923-2.
Sailor 7222 VHF DSC Class A has 14-cm thin-film transistor touchscreen interface, which can be read on a ship’s bridge day and night, regardless of light conditions.
“It is reliable, highly resilient, and easy to operate on any vessel type in any situation, delivering clear communications that could make the difference between a non-event and a major incident on board,” said Cobham.
This VHF radio can be used as a standalone device or as a core component of a GMDSS console. It offers users playbacks of up to 480 seconds, enabling fast message verification.
Cobham Satcom director for radio, safety and tracking Niels Peter Agdal said Sailor 7222 VHF DSC Class A will be used by commercial shipping and fishing vessels.
“We believe Sailor 7222 VHF DSC Class A will play a critical role in offering safe, reliable and timely compliance with the new regulations, including the updated BAM guidance coming into force in August 2021,” said Mr Agdal.
“IMO is pushing the safety standards in the sector ever higher to offer greater protection to seafarers and ships.”
He said the advanced networking functionality in this VHF radio significantly reduces the installation and service burden.
It can be deployed as part of a fully compliant solution with other compatible Cobham products including mini-C, medium and high frequency radio, Navtex, portable VHF and automatic identification system units.
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