Innovation in maritime search and rescue beacon technology has been developing at an exponential rate, resulting in faster detection of digital cries for help, greater accuracy in pinpointing the exactlocation of the distress signal and the ability to generate localised alerts; allowing nearby vesselsto support a rescue. The overall impact has been to accelerate the […]
Legislation is often the primary driver in the adoption or role out of innovations in marine safety equipment. This brief overview highlights two significant changes that will impact a range of vessel users, the timeline for implementing and explains the safety rational behind them. Legislation: US mandates that Only GNSS EPIRBs can be sold The […]
The addition of GPS receivers into 406MHz search and rescue beacons in the 2000s was the biggest shake up of the international search and rescue system since the activation of the global Cospas Sarsat distress alerting satellite network in 1981. By including GPS recivers beacons reduced the search location from square miles to an exact […]
This page explains everything you need to know about EPIRBs: how they work, how much they cost, how they differ from Personal Location Beacons (PLBs) and how you can set one up. An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon or EPIRB is used to alert search and rescue services in the event of an emergency. It does this by transmitting […]
The inclusion of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receivers (better known as GPS) into 406Mhz search and rescue beacons in the 2000s was the biggest shake up of the internationally search and rescue system since the activation of global Cospas Sarsat satellite network in 1981. By including GNSS; via GPS satellites; beacons reduced the search […]
The multi-national, free to use, satellite-based search and rescue network COSPAS SARSAT will reach the 40th anniversary of its 1981 launch in less than three years. Yet, the seemly invisible lifesaving network has much to celebrate, besides the 43,000 lives saved to date through its complex infrastructure of satellites, ground stations and rescue coordination centres.
The commercial maritime industry relies on trustworthy PNT in transport infrastructure, ECDIS navigational sources, communications, search and rescue applications, fishing operations, regulation and increasingly to support digitization and vessel automation. Is your Bridge Resilient to Spoofing & Jamming?
Galileo’s development is part of the EU’s preparations for upgrading the international distress beacon locating organisation COSPASSARSAT’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Ecosystem under the MEOSAR program, which requires new earth based antenna and a network of 72 GNSS satellites, made up of the US GPS, EU Galileo and Russian Glonass constellations.
Recent research has shown that 570 fires have occurred on large vessels in Europe between 2000 and 2015, with 359 of these occurring at sea. The report produced by the Finnish Border Guard and Finnish Transport Safety Agency, shows that ship fires pose the greatest risk to maritime safety compared to other types of […]
Within the marine industry, the importance of mandates in driving safety innovation and equipment adoption is widely known. From AIS electronics legislation for internal waterways, requirements for hands-free options on EPIRBS and the future banning of non-GNSS (GPS) EPIRBS, the US has been leading the way. Ireland’s BIM organisation used life jacket and PLB […]