Emerald Marine launches new MOB receiver


(EDMONDS, Wash.) — Emerald Marine Products has launched the  ALERT418 man-overboard receiver. Integrating fully with current and first-generation ALERT transmitters, it is designed for commercial applications such as workboats, gas and oil platforms, ports and marine terminals, and shoreside construction sites. The device leverages the latest advancements in electronics technology while maintaining its predecessor's safety record.

When an ALERT transmitter is submerged, the ALERT418 receiver instantly flashes and sounds an alarm in a wheelhouse or shoreside office. It displays the transmitter's ID number and signal strength, critical data when lone workers are involved, as well as battery strength. The device also shows the location of the vessel at the time of incident.

The ALERT418 man-overboard receiver interfaces with popular NMEA 0183-compliant chartplotting software, so a waypoint can automatically be set upon transmitter activation. Additionally, it can be wired to kill engines, and activate external strobes and speakers.

What separates the ALERT system from automatic identification systems (AIS) is its immediacy. It uses a radio signal, so there's no satellite lag or waiting for an open channel. With a moving vessel, or river or tidal flow, an MOB victim can be swept out of sight quickly. The ALERT418 provides the added seconds needed to keep a simple fall from becoming a fatality.

Working on a frequency of 418 MHz, the ALERT418 receiver is FCC Part 15- and Industry Canada RSS 210-approved, so licenses aren't required. The device features a GPS connection, DB-9 serial port and dry contacts for external alarm capabilities. It includes a 15-inch flexible whip antenna and 25 feet of coaxial cable, and mounts flush or on a bracket.

Emerald Marine Products' ALERT418 is made in the United States and costs $1,899. For more information, visit www.emeraldmarineproducts.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff