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Beacons news

Mandatory float-free EPIRBs

From 1 January 2021, float-free emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) will be mandatory on certain types of domestic commercial vessels.

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Updated disposal options for unwanted beacons

Updated disposal options

Published 2/1/2018

AMSA is urging owners of emergency distress beacons to dispose of their unwanted beacons correctly.

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No matter whether you’re travelling by land, sea or air, a GPS equipped distress beacon can mean all the difference in a life- threatening situation. Beacon registration can be completed online for free.

Buying a beacon

Published 07/06/2017

AMSA has improved the beacon registration system. The choice is yours. Use your mobile, tablet or computer to register your beacon online.

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Beacon information

Looking after your beacon

  1. Keep your registration up to date
  2. Replace your batteries before they expire
  3. Store your beacon correctly
  4. Test your beacon
  5. Dispose responsibly
  6. Service your beacon after use

Using your beacon

  1. In a life-threatening situation, activate your beacon
  2. Ensure you deploy your beacon correctly
  3. What happens after you activate your beacon