Kannad Marine supports 9:9:9 Coastal Challenge in support of UK firefighters and New York 9/11 victimsBack in September Kannad Marine pledged its support to a team of firefighters from Manchester, UK, who were to circumnavigate the British coastline by Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) in a target time of 9 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes. Kannad Marine supplied six SafeLink SOLO Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) to the team, which undertook the challenge to raise money for the Firefighter’s Charity and the Fire Department New York Association Fund on the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
The challenge started on 10th September 2011 from Southampton, with the first leg being a gruelling 250 mile stretch to Padstow. From there the team travelled around the British mainland, and completed the challenge with a final leg from Ramsgate to Southampton on 18th September.
Having faced some tough offshore passages in their 6.3m RIB, the team were pleased to have the support of Kannad Marine. Team member, Mark Wilson, an officer with the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, commented; “We were fully aware that should anything have gone wrong, we would have been on our own, and at times out of handheld VHF range. Kannad Marine’s SOLO PLBs provided a safety net should the worst case scenario happen and a crew member fall overboard.” Thankfully the team completed their challenge without having to use their PLBs, although the team were called in to act as rescuers themselves when they received a mayday call from two kayakers in trouble during severe weather between North Berwick and Dunbar in the East Lothian area, on Sunday 16th September. The team successfully rescued the stricken kayakers and brought them back to shore.
More than £10,000 has been raised so far for the 999/911 appeal, and the team are now looking forward to holding a Black Tie Dinner to celebrate the completion of their challenge and raise some more funds for their charities. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/911coastalchallenge.
A French language version of Kannad Marine‟s new look website is now live at www.kannadmarine.com. The new site offers a complete information portal with improved accessibility for French speaking customers. Visitors to the site will now be able to access, in French, full details of Kannad Marine‟s range of emergency location beacon products, as well as downloadable content, including brochures, distributor details, and all the latest news from
Your chance to win online!
Kannad Marine‟s product range includes a number of emergency location beacons, including SARTS, AIS SARTS, EPIRBS and PLBS. The portfolio also includes the SOLO PLB, the world's smallest robust personal location beacon, which is part of the SafeLink product range offering advanced features to improve personal safety at sea. Visitors to www.kannadmarine.com have the opportunity to win this unique product in a special competition, and they can now complete the online entry form in French. The judges are looking for adventurous individuals or teams undertaking the most innovative and unusual challenges, and will award a SOLO PLB each month to the most deserving applicants. Past winners have included Olly Rofix, a leukemia survivor undertaking a round-Britain sailing charity challenge, and Stephane Rousson, an extreme Arctic adventurer.
Claire Morby, Marketing Co-ordinator for McMurdo Ltd, comments; “We are pleased to launch the French language version of www.kannadmarine.com. With its new look and extensive information, the website will form an effective and comprehensive portal for us to share information with our French speaking customers. The site is in continual development, and further enhanced content is planned, including a „How to‟ range of videos, which will be of real benefit to visitors.”
The new R10 Survivor Recovery System from Kannad Marine not only tells you that a man over board (MOB) situation has occurred, it also guides you directly to his location thanks to its unique combination of AIS (Automatic Identification System) and GPS technology. It works by transmitting precise location, bearing and distance data so that fellow crew members or nearby sailors’ AIS enabled receivers have all the information they need to locate the position of the person in difficulty and effect a speedy recovery, greatly increasing chances of rescue.
As the must-have personal device for all safety-conscious leisure and commercial mariners, this innovative personal AIS beacon can be fitted to a lifejacket for semi-automatic activation when the lifejacket inflates, when supplied by a Kannad Marine partner lifejacket manufacturer, (for example, Ocean Safety in the UK). It can also be manually activated, by simply sliding off the safety tab and lift an arming cap to deploy the antenna.
The R10 has been developed by Kannad Marine thanks to advances in design, which have allowed it to take SART (Search and Rescue Transponder) commercial distress beacon components and reduce them in size to fit in a ruggedly constructed, waterproof beacon.
With continuous transmission guaranteed for 24 hours and 7 year battery storage life, the R10 is reliable and effective.
This compact and lightweight search and rescue locating device is approved for sale throughout Europe with a retail price of £199 + VAT, or €225 + TAX, (or 349US$ + TAX.)
Q: What does your role as Product Manager for Kannad Marine involve?
A: I’m involved in a new product right the way through, from brain-storming for new ideas till the product is supplied from our Portsmouth factory. There’s a considerable amount of crystal ball gazing in the early days, with details about the product, the target market, and the expectations in terms of cost and potential for growth of the company. As the design progresses we have regular meetings to track the progress of the engineering project, and in time we bring in the buyers and manufacturing team, so that by the time we’re ready to go into production everybody knows what they’re doing, components are purchased, and everything falls into place.
Q: How has the Kannad Marine product range developed recently?
A: As a brand, Kannad Marine is doing very well. We have a full suite of safety equipment products, including PLBs, EPIRBs, SARTs, AIS SARTs and the new personal AIS device, the R10 SRS. Historically, it has been very difficult to rescue someone from the sea when they are lost from sight. With the R10, you can be miles away and still see your casualty on the boat’s chart plotter screen, so you can navigate back direct to him, and when you’re very close the bright flashing light will help for night-time recovery. We’ve had a good start order wise, and we look forward to a very successful future with that product.
Q: What previous personal knowledge/expertise does your role draw on?
A: I am a seasoned sailor and pilot and I have spent many years in international sales and marketing before coming to this Product Manager role. I find that almost everything I have done in the past helps me in my job today.
Q: How does your current role integrate within the wider Kannad Marine and McMurdo Ltd team?
A: We are a team, and that’s important. Everybody brings something to the party. I am involved with the Marketing, Engineering and Manufacturing teams, but I’m just one of many people that make the company the success that it is.
Q: What key developments are you currently focussing on?
A: Now that would be telling! We try not to let the cat out of the bag too early, but suffice it to say that McMurdo Ltd, through the Kannad Marine and McMurdo brands, is not sitting still. We are, by our very nature, innovators. You can expect more innovations in due course.
Kannad Marine exclusively showcased the R10 SRS in action to members of the press and key industry figures during a special demonstration day held in the Solent. Here’s what happened...
On a sunny-showery day with calm waters, a small group set afloat to watch the first ever live demonstration of the R10 SRS, Kannad Marine’s brand new survivor location beacon with AIS technology.
As the dry-suit clad volunteer plunged off the side of the fishing vessel into the waters of the Solent, the audience held their breath momentarily as he resurfaced and his lifejacket inflated on cue. In the same instant, the short antenna of the R10 popped up to its optimum position, and a few seconds later the distinctive beep-beep of its transmission audible indicator could be heard, indicating that the R10 had begun transmitting and was in the process of establishing a GPS fix on its position.
Onboard, just moments later, the observers watched as the SART distress signal flashed up on the vessel’s multifunction display, correctly indicating that the person in the water was lying just a few metres away from the boat’s chart position.
Already those onboard could spot the R10 alert signal on the AIS receiver, and the data next to the SART distress symbol indicated the bearing and distance to the casualty But this was all a little too easy! In the bright sunshine and flat waters, we could see the person in the water. Time to put the R10’s capabilities to the test... Leaving the person floating in the water, our vessel motored into the distance. At a distance of 0.2 miles, already the high vis of his
lifejacket was barely discernable, and despite concentrated efforts by all onboard to keep him in sight, another half a mile later and the bobbing day-glo yellow dot was completely lost to view amongst the gentle rise and fall of the waves.
At a mile distant, it was agreed by all onboard that the long suffering volunteer had been abandoned for long enough. It was time to turn the boat about and officially launch our rescue mission.
As the skipper navigated back towards the person in the water, the R10 continued to send data updates every few seconds. As the plotter displays the tidal drift of the casualty, in addition to his bearing and distance, it was simple to plot a course to intercept him. Nearing the MOB, our brave volunteer came into focus dead ahead of the boat, and a few moments later we arrived within hailing distance.
With AIS mandated on all vessels over 300 tonnes, and many smaller commercial craft and fishing boats, and the technology becoming an increasingly popular and affordable choice for leisure boaters, it is clear that a Survivor Recovery System which uses AIS to automatically contact the crew member’s vessel, gives the greatest chance of survivor location and recovery.
As our volunteer climbed gratefully back aboard the nearby safety boat, his relief at such a swift and precise recovery was clear. Although the R10 would have continued transmitting the distress signal together with his position information for at least another 24 hours, it seems the water was getting a little chilly – despite it being July!
The demo day was deemed a great success by all who attended.