Skip to main content

McMurdo signs PLB contract with Coast Guard

McMurdo said it was awarded a $3 million contract to supply as many as 16,000 FastFind 220 personal locator beacons.
McMurdo’s FastFind 220 personal locator beacon transmits a distress signal via the international search-and-rescue satellite system that Cospas-Sarsat operates.

McMurdo’s FastFind 220 personal locator beacon transmits a distress signal via the international search-and-rescue satellite system that Cospas-Sarsat operates.

McMurdo said it was awarded a $3 million contract from the Coast Guard to supply as many as 16,000 FastFind 220 personal locator beacons during the next five years.

FastFind 220 PLBs, which have a compact, handheld design, are used to notify emergency personnel during a land, air or water emergency in remote or high-risk environments, using the 406MHz frequency, McMurdo said.

Once it is activated, the PLB transmits a distress signal containing unique beacon identification information and location data via the international search and rescue satellite system operated by Cospas-Sarsat.

McMurdo said the signal is then quickly passed to regional search and rescue authorities that can rapidly respond to the emergency.

“This award is a major validation of the products and technologies that fortify McMurdo’s position as the global leader in emergency readiness and response,” Mark Ciancolo, general manager of McMurdo’s aerospace, defense and government programs, said in a statement. “We are honored to provide a solution that enhances the safety of crewmembers who risk their lives daily.”

Related

Pulse-Report

Are You Improving the Service Experience?

Our monthly Pulse Report survey asks this and other questions about your dealership. Take the survey here.

NMRA-SCHOLARSHIP

NMRA Sets Scholarship Deadline

Students pursuing education in the marine trades can apply for the National Marine Representatives Association awards until April 1.

MARINE-PRODUCTS

Marine Products Reports Record Q4

The builder of Chaparral and Robalo boats reported net sales were up 42% for the quarter and 28% for fiscal year 2022.

1_SHURHOLD

Shurhold Appoints COO

Forrest Ferrari has years of management, business development, IT and quality-assurance experience.

MOBILE-CATCH-CENTER

RBFF, Pure Fishing Partner for a First Catch Center

Pure Fishing will equip a mobile trailer with tackle and gear to bring fishing experiences to areas of South Carolina where participation is low.

Norm

An Oft-Overlooked Sales Opportunity

A recent report from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation showed that women comprise 37% of all anglers. If you haven’t tapped this segment, you’re missing out.

1. 2023 new boat retail outlook

Too Many High-Priced Boats

To wrap up 2022, marine retailers reported lower demand, expressed more negative sentiment and voiced concerns about rising inventory. Boat prices and the economy remained top of mind for dealers in December.

Soundings Nov 2022

New-Boat Registrations Continue to Slide

As the gaudy sales figures from the pandemic continue to return to more realistic numbers, the main segments of the recreational boating industry saw new-model registrations of 4,421 in November, a 30.3% drop from 6,340 during the same time in 2021. .

1_thumbnail_Darren Vaux Headshet 2022

ICOMIA President Darren Vaux sees common pressures facing worldwide boating industry

Founded in 1966, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations is a global organization composed of national boating federations and other bodies involved in the recreational marine industry. ICOMIA works on such issues as breaking down trade barriers, improving boating safety and promoting recreational boating worldwide.