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Circular 2013-009 SOLAS Amendments Affecting Fireman’s Outfits.

This Circular deals with the amendments to Chapter II-2; regulations 10 and 15 of SOLAS which were adopted by the Maritime Safety Committee in November 2012.  Some of the requirements come into force on 1st July 2014. The changes require two two-way radiotelephone apparatus to be supplied with fireman’s outfits in new ships from 1st July 2014 and in existing ships from 1st July 2018, and for provision to be made for extra breathing apparatus cylinders to be provided for drills or for a re-charging facility to be provided.  This requirement applies from 1st July 2014.