Thrane & Thrane – a Cobham plc company – has launched a new, Automatic Identification System-Search and Rescue Transmitter (AIS-SART). The new SAILOR 5051 AIS-SART is manufactured to the same high standards expected of all SAILOR equipment ensuring that it can operate in even the most extreme conditions. It introduces several operational benefits for shipping and SAR assets, and can be specified in place of the standard SART following a SOLAS amendment.
Based on international standards, the SAILOR 5051 AIS-SART offers a number of improvements, not least increased detection range, over traditional SART technology, which uses radar to direct SAR vessels and aircraft to a life craft. Using AIS the SAILOR 5051 AIS-SART can provide surface vessels with its position at a range of approximately 5 miles whilst aircraft can locate the beacon at over 30 miles, depending on conditions.
The SAILOR 5051 AIS-SART provides over 96 hours of operation and features improved accuracy over standard SARTs by using a built-in GPS feature that continuously updates and calculates latitude and longitude bearing to distance of the target survival craft. It also offers better identification for SAR vessels and aircraft, because it has a unique 9 digit identification code, which means an individual AIS SART can be located even under situations of heavy AIS traffic in busy shipping lanes. Any activated SAILOR 5051 AIS-SART will show up with position and bearing on a vessels' ECDIS or chart-plotter as a red cross in a circle, meaning it can immediately be identified as a life craft in distress.