Orolia Maritime Blog

What is a H.E.R.O.?

  When the International Maritime Rescue Federation announced its inaugural H.E.R.O. (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) Awards earlier this month, it was the realization of a vision that was sparked in early 2014 during the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. What does the Apollo moon landing have to do with search and […]

Victory in Vessel Safety with new U.S. Coast Guard AIS Mandate!

On March 2nd, 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard passed a progressive mandate that requires certain categories of commercial vessels, such as fishing boats, tugs and ferries, operating in U.S territorial waters to install a USCG certified Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceiver by March 2016. This adoption of AIS technology is a great leap forward in […]

AIS and the Future of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

Throughout history, the evolution of maritime distress and safety communications technology has relied heavily on the advancement of global search and rescue initiatives. Since the early invention of the radio, ships voyaging across the seas have depended on this essential advance to ensure the safety and vitality of their ships and crews. In 1999, the […]

McMurdo Group Partners with Chinese Aircraft Manufacturer AVIC in 10 Year €2.2M Contract for Kannad Integra ELTs

At McMurdo Group, we take pride in our international influence and reach providing our global communities with the most advanced and reliable search and rescue technology. The capabilities of our products in preparing for emergency readiness and response are making the integral difference in the number of lives saved in emergency situations all across the […]

Top 5 Takeaways from the World Maritime Rescue Congress

Having recently attended – and presented at – the World Maritime Rescue Congress in Bremerhaven, Germany earlier this month, I wanted to share my Top 5 Takeaways from the conference. First of all, I want to congratulate the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) on a well-organized event.  It was very educational, informative and innovative – […]

AIS Man Overboard – Proof that Innovation Saves Lives

“My Man Overboard training and equipment kept me alive, but my AIS saved my life.” – Andrew Taylor One year ago today, on Sunday, March 30, 2014, Andrew Taylor, an amateur sailor taking part in the 9th Clipper Round the World yacht race, fell overboard into the icy waters of the North Pacific Ocean… 2,000 […]