epirb false alarms
    The Global Maritime Distress & Safety System

  • The cornerstone of GMDSS is the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon.     More

  • EPIRBs transmissions are automatically retransmitted to Rescue Co-ordination Centres.

  • Up to 97% of EPIRB transmissions in a year are false alerts.     More

  • If RCCs are not informed quickly of false alerts, the shipowner can face heavy fines.

  • Ships rarely know when they have lost an EPIRB and transmitted a false distress alert.

  • A Standguard alarm gives audible warning that an EPIRB has been armed and triggered.