CLASS 40 PICOTY : Marine Assistance becomes racepartner for Safety Equipment

For the 2013 season MARINE ASSISTANCE decides to join the Class40 team PICOTY, skippered by Jean-Christophe CASO and Aymeric CHAPPELLIER, as racepartner for Safety Equipment.

With this partnership, Marine Assistance is promoting the importance of safety at sea and increases the security of the two skippers.




Since security systems such as PLBs (Personal Location Beacon) or SRS AIS (Survivor Recovery System) are on the market, the prices have turned to be more and more accessible for everybody which is emphasizing the high demand of these security adds.

For an approximate budget of only 300 € you can equip yourself with these tools and be safe at sea worldwide.






Two different systems of choice :



Distress radio beacons, also known as emergency beaconsPLB (Personal Locator Beacon), ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) or EPIRB (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon), are tracking transmitters which aid in the detection and location of boats, aircraft, and people in distress. Strictly, they are radio-beacons that interface with worldwide offered service of Cospas-Sarsat, the international satellite system for search and rescue (SAR). When manually activated, or automatically activated upon immersion, such beacons send out a distress signal. The signals are monitored worldwide and the location of the distress is detected by non-geostationary satellites, and can be located by some combination of GPS trilateration and doppler triangulation.

The basic purpose of a distress radio-beacon is to help rescuers find survivors within the so-called “golden day” (the first 24 hours following a traumatic event) during which the majority of survivors can usually be saved.

Since the inception of Cospas-Sarsat in 1982, distress radio-beacons have assisted in the rescue of over 28,000 people in more than 7,000 distress situations. In 2010 alone, the system provided information which was used to rescue 2,388 persons in 641 distress situations.

We are providing the latest model, made by Oceansignal: “RescueMe PLB1”. GPS 66 channels, 7 years of guarantee and lifetime battery, 24H of autonomy in case of distress, worldwide coverage, waterproof,  easy to register via MMSI numbers. You can find further information in our shop.





Introducing the SafeLink R10, the first of its kind, a personal AIS (Automatic Identification System) device designed to be fitted to a lifejacket and assist in Man Overboard recovery.

The SafeLink R10 transmits target survivor information, including structured alert messages, GPS position information and a unique serialised identity number back to the onboard plotter. An inbuilt high precision GPS receiver provides accurate position information to assist in quick recovery of survivors. It will transmit continuously for a minimum of 24 hours and has a 7 year battery storage life.

It also features a flashing LED indicator light; to aid detection at night and a self test facility with battery use indication. Price: 269 € in our shop.