McMurdo Blog

How the right equipment can help to keep crew and vessels safe.

  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 […]

What makes Trusted Navigation? Understanding the importance of Resilient PNT

  Positioning and timing have been the foundation blocks for navigation since man first took to the oceans. Since the development of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) in the late 1970s, position, navigation and timing (PNT) based on satellite input has been vital to many critical systems on board vessels, allowing receivers to determine […]

What’s Inside Your Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT)? Part II

  In Part I of our blog, we reviewed the importance of having an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) with an internal antenna. Today we will address the critical differences between the 121.5MHz ELTs that many people still fly with today, versus the 406MHz associated with a GPS. Many general aviation professionals and enthusiasts already have an ELT onboard […]

What You Need to Know About the GADSS Regulation

  What is GADSS? Following several accidents where downed aircraft could not be located at all, or only after long and expensive search efforts, the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) recommendations were adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in March 2016. In December 2015, the European Union (EU) also adopted the […]

Legislation Clarity for Improved Marine Safety

  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 […]

What’s Inside Your Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT)? Part I

  Whether you’re operating a general aviation aircraft or an aviation enthusiast, it’s hard to imagine that you’ll ever have an accident while flying and safety equipment may not be top of mind. Of course we all know that aviation incidents occur, and McMurdo is an integral part of the global system that determines your […]

Customer Support: How to Get the Best of Two Worlds

As Cospas-Sarsat pursues full operational capability of the next-generation Medium-altitude Earth Orbiting Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) system, each of the world’s SAR mission control centers (MCCs) must become MEOSAR-compliant. And they have to make the upgrade without interrupting their mission-critical operations. Yet, introducing MEOSAR capability is no small undertaking. It takes time, robust technology and […]

Shipping: Is the industry safer than ever? Part II

  In Part I of our blog, Shipping: Is the Industry safer than ever, we discussed recent research that shows losses at sea in the shipping industry have been on a consistent downward trend over the past ten years.  That post reviewed historic regulations that have contributed to better safety at sea.  Today we will […]

Shipping: Is the industry safer than ever? Part I

  According to recent research, losses at sea in the shipping industry have been on a consistent downward trend over the past ten years – with 153 losses registered in 1996 and only 51 recorded for 2016 as of November 25, 2016.  What could be the main reasons for this and why is the industry safer […]

Reaching New Heights: How MEOSAR is Inspiring Innovation

  It’s not often that one gets to be part of a game-changing event. In the search and rescue (SAR) world, all of us are part of life-saving activities and developments every day. Still, NOAA’s decision to commission first-of-its-kind ground stations reminded me of the big picture. I’m struck by the enormity of the Cospas-Sarsat satellite […]