Thursday, August 30, 2012

Safety at Sea the Watchword at Major Commercial Shipping Expo

SMM Hamburg Witnesses New Technology
Shipping News Feature

GERMANY – WORLDWIDE – Next week sees the opening of the 25th SMM trade fair, the opportunity for the Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology sectors of commercial shipping to demonstrate their wares with 2,000 exhibitors revealing a host of new products to the 50,000 anticipated visitors from around the globe. Safety is often at the forefront of SMM and this year is no exception with various companies anxious to show the advances they have made to preserve life and health for the freight and passenger services which cross the world’s oceans.

This week we wrote of the world record breaking FF1200 lifeboat from Umoe Schat –Harding and the company will be demonstrating their wares on Stand B7 – 215 at the German event. The lifeboat now holds the record for the highest free fall vessel deemed safe to drop fully 60 metres and coincidentally that is also the magic number associated with another new safety device.

Comet products from Drew Marine Signal and Safety leaders in the supply of SOLAS, MED & USCG-approved marine distress signals have been helping to save lives for more than 50 years and the SMM Expo will give the company the opportunity to show off its innovative and compact Light and Smoke Signal Mark 9 which is also capable of working following a 60 metre drop, double the height required by SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) regulations, which, like the FF1200, makes it suitable for use on oil and gas rigs.

The new signal has simple to replace individual LED bulbs and is safe on oil covered water plus it will fit on the brackets of existing installations. Drew Marine Signal and Safety can be seen on stand 701 in hall B1 OG and the Havant based company has long been at the forefront of campaigning for improved global marine safety regulations, including introducing standardised rules on replacing dated safety products.

Safety however is an international business and despite their Caledonian name McMurdo Marine Systems, is a subsidiary of the French Orolia Group which will be touting its wares from stand B6 121 at SMM. McMurdo Marine offers a range of satellite tracking and monitoring systems, manufacturing VMS and Oceanographic monitoring products, as well as navigation infrastructure systems including AtoNs and Racons.

Included in its display this year will be the Oceania Marine Tracking Buoy System which comes equipped with a GPS receiver, a high range flashlight, a surface temperature sensor, an out of water sensor and an Iridium transceiver, the Oceania Buoy transmits this data to a dedicated server loaded with the McMurdo Marine Systems Tracking Buoy Management & Monitoring software, which can be installed either onboard a vessel or in an office, with the information being displayed in an easy to use format.

This software platform can track up to 2,000 Oceania Buoys at any time and enables multi user control and monitoring from a number of different locations at the same time, with the ability to limit access and control of the data between individual sites. The electronic architecture of the Buoy allows the monitoring of up to five additional sensors enabling a tailor-made solution for a whole range of requirements and applications with an upgrade available to carry alkaline cells for specific applications such as oil spill monitoring.

The buoy is operable in a vast temperature range (between -200c and +500c) and is fitted as standard with a solar rechargeable battery together with solar panels allowing up to two years of continuous operation before requiring a battery change. Pierre-Jean Jannin, McMurdo Marine Systems BU Manager, enthused:

“The Oceania Marine Tracking Buoy has been designed as a versatile tracking and monitoring system that can be tailored to suit a wide range of applications such as oceanography data monitoring, iceberg tracking, oil spill tracking or as a discrete marker buoy or search and rescue distressed vessel marker. This geo-localization system will be a great aid to institutional, governmental or private organizations wishing to determine the exact position of mobile objects and to track them in real time and at any point of the planet.”

The Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology International Trade fair (SMM) runs between the 4th and 7th September at Hamburg Messe und Congress.

Photo:- The Mark 9 Light and Smoke Signal and the Oceania Marine Tracking Buoy.