While geopolitical tensions ensured that one risk to shipping played out in the full media glare over the summer of 2019, quiet but profound change was being brought to the emergency services that keep around 1.6 million seafarers safe day in, day out.
Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics has announced a new partnership with Hike Metal that will integrate Sea Machines’ SM300 autonomous vessel control system onboard commercial vessels tasked with search-and-rescue (SAR) missions.
Fraunhofer FHR has announced a new project with FH Aachen and Raytheon Anschütz to develop a cost effective sea rescue radar to be used to locate individual persons or small boats over long distances.
The Danish Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has announced the purchase of an upgrade to its BMT SARIS search and rescue planning system, consisting of the deployment of 20 licences across Denmark, and covering Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
Frequentis is to install a coastal infrastructure for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) communications in South Africa, on behalf of the South African Department of Transport in collaboration with Telkom Maritime Services.
Orolia, through its McMurdo brand, has been awarded a contract by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for nationwide enhancements to its existing Search and Rescue (SAR) satellite technology, that will allow the MCA to operate with the new Medium-altitude Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellites that are currently being deployed.
McMurdo has launched a web-based MEOSAR Knowledge Centre, an information portal for those wanting to learn more about the MEOSAR (Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue) project, the next generation version of the Cospas-Sarsat international search and rescue (SAR) satellite system that has helped to save more than 40,000 lives since 1982.
The Irish Coast Guard has successfully deployed a new information system designed to boost the organisation’s incident management and Search and Rescue functions.
Human Rights at Sea (HRAS), an independent maritime human rights organisation based in London, has announced the launch of the ‘Missing Seafarers Reporting Programme’,an international database where details of missing seafarers and fishermen can be submitted and recorded.
A team from the University of Leicester is trialling a concept that uses satellite imagery to more accurately locate vessels and aircraft at sea, with the hope of improving safety and aiding rescue operations, such as the search for missing Malaysian flight MH370.
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