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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 

Ocean Signal has developed a new Emergency Position Indicating Rescue Beacon (EPIRB), which it claims is the world’s most compact Category 1 EPIRB.

The new SafeSea EPIRB1 Pro features a 30% reduction in size compared to other EPIRBs and a 10-year battery life, at what is said to be a competitive price. The Ocean Signal beacon complies with IMO regulations that require an automatic release housing to be provided for mandatory fitted EPIRBs. The SafeSea EPIRB1 Pro is designed to release automatically once submerged in water and float free from a sinking vessel. When floating on the surface, it will then transmit the distress message to alert rescue authorities.

The SafeSea EPIRB1 Pro operates on the three Cospas-Sarsat satellite systems including the new MEOSAR, ensuring they will offer the near instantaneous signal detection and transmission enabled by the global MEOSAR satellites and upgraded ground-station components. Activated beacons are thus expected to be located within 100m, 95% of the time, within 5 minutes of the distress signal, thanks to the integral 66 channel GPS receiver.

James Hewitt, Ocean Signal Managing Director, said: “Ocean Signal has a heritage of launching the world’s smallest maritime safety products into the market, so we are excited to continue that heritage on to IMO vessels required to have a float-free EPIRB. With a competitive price and the latest in EPIRB technology packaged inside the world’s smallest float-free EPIRB, it’s the perfect solution for both recreational and commercial vessels who are looking for the peace of mind of a safer journey, whether it is required or to simply improve on-board safety.”

Note that the device has not yet been authorised as required by the rules of the FCC in the US.

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