Why we still keep ship bells aboard nowadays - BSH Bells
The loud and clear chime of a bell serves the purpose of communication when the human voice is unable to transmit a message or danger signal. Even nowadays, the bell is a statutory piece of equipment aboard every ship that is used to transmit danger signals, in the event of a storm with poor sight for instance, when the electronic horns fail to do so.
To avoid the collesion of ships, international regulations have been established that decide upon the size of ship bells. The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions (Colreg 72) that were established in 1972, stipulate that ships longer than 20 metres must carry a bell at least 30cm in diameter on board in a prescribed place. To assure a sufficient volume of the chime, ship bells must undergo a type-approval procedure that is performed by the German Federal Institute for Shipping and Hydrography (BSH). You can find such BSH Bells in our online shop.