Wheel Mark accreditation for McMurdo’s AIS
McMurdo’s SmartFind G8 AIS – the world’s first AIS EPIRB - received Wheel Mark accreditation in November 2017 and is now available throughout Europe.
The G8 range is being supplemented with a GNSS only model, followed by a 406 only model later in 2018.
The entire range has new functional features such as extended battery life, an easy service battery compartment and multiple false activation prevention measures and hot on the heels of the AIS EPIRB launch is Project Helios – a European funded McMurdo-led project which aims to create the next generation of safety beacons.
“We plan to include the unique Galileo feature – a return link service which allows a message to be sent back to the PLB / EPIRB to confirm receipt of an emergency alert,” explained marketing manager, Sean McCrystal.
Aside from technology, enhancements to marine safety have been driven by legislation.
“National mandates on life jacket wearing such as the Irish BIM scheme have come into effect in Scotland and potentially now in Cornwall too,” added Mr McCrystal. “This will undoubtedly save lives by encouraging the use of lifejackets with PLBs attached in vessels which previously fell outside the mandated SOLAS requirements of commercial fleets.”
By July 1 2018, a minimum of two Marine Equipment Directive-approved, explosion-proof, two-way portable radiotelephone apparatus (for each fire party) must be carried on board all commercial vessels constructed before 1 July 2014.
This follows amendments to SOLAS regulation II-2/10 (firefighters’ communication) by the Maritime Safety Committee.
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