Survitec equips lifejackets with personal locator beacon technology

Survitec’s aviation lifejacket range, including the newly launched Halo, has been upgraded with the new sMRT AU10-HTS Personal Locator. Credit: Survitec

Survitec Group has upgraded its lifejacket range for the offshore sector, including the recently launched Hybrid Ability Lifejacket and Oxygen (HALO) aviation lifejacket, with personal locator beacon (PLB) technology that uses Automatic Identification System (AIS) to locate casualties more effectively.

The addition of the new sMRT AU10-HTS PLB, developed and manufactured by UK-based specialist Marine Rescue Technologies (MRT), within Survitec’s aviation lifejackets enables search-and-rescue operations to track and locate man overboard (MOB) casualties more effectively.

Having a sea range greater than two times that of the existing unit, the flight-approved sMRT AU10-HTS automatically activates after two seconds on immersion in water and tracks survivors to within 10 m. The new ATEX Zone-2 certified sMRT AU10-HTS is capable of showing multiple casualties at the same time due to the added AIS.

GPS data are updated every minute enabling all nearby vessels to assist the MOB incident. Sea-to-air range for tracking can be up to 75 miles (121 km) depending on environmental conditions and the height of the receiving antenna. As more vessels and aircraft have visibility of the MOB, casualties’ chances of survival are significantly increased. This gives the wearer the best chance of survival should the unthinkable happen.

Ross Wilkinson, Survitec’s regional vice-president, Northern Europe, said, “Partnering with MRT to introduce its new MOB technology into our existing offering was an easy decision. The upgrade is to support our customers with the most up-to-date technology available and is another example of our commitment to further support the offshore industry.”