There seems to be a little confusion about the alarm signals aboard a SOLAS class vessel. For years I have always thought the alarms for ships was: fire and emergency (10 seconds or more), abandon ship (more than six short bursts on the general alarm), and man overboard (3 long four times). Now that I am on a SOLAS vessel, there seems to be a different alarm code which is one alarm — 10 second ringing of the general alarm.
I have done some research on this matter. From what I have found out is that SOLAS covers physical and systems requirements (ie. electronic alarm) , whereas it does not cover procedures (actual alarm signal). Are there different alarms for SOLAS vessels or do the same Coast Guard vessel alarms stand??