Sailing weekend with Arved Fuchs

On the weekend of the July 8th and 9th, the Weatherdock team had the immense pleasure of sailing for one entire day with Arved Fuchs, aboard of the famous expedition ship DAGMAR AAEN.

We departed from Flensburg. The sea was very quiet and the sun was shining. We could see Denmark on one side, Germany on the other side.

We also had the opportunity to test our new devices! What a better place than the sea?

A couple of weeks ago we told you about our partnership with Arved Fuchs. He is a world famous ice hiker, sailor and polar explorer and he owns this incredible ship built in 1931.

We are delighted to have been able to share such a moment with him.

Office closed for German Unification Day

Dear customers

On Tuesday 3rd of October is German Unification Day.

For this reason, our office is closed even on Monday 02.10.2017. On Tuesday, 4th of October, we will be there for you as usual.

Your Weatherdock Team

Weatherdock office closed due to bank holiday

Dear Customers

On Thursday, 25th of May there is a bank holiday in Germany. Due to this, our office is closed at this date and the following Friday as a bridge day.

On Monday the 29th we will be back for you.

Your Weatherdock Team

A206 AIS Receiver Terminal

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AIS Receiver Terminal


AIS Receiver Terminal (A206)


Product information

Full AIS coastal station designed in a standard industrial 19“ housing – „ready to rack“

The new Weatherdock AIS Receiver Terminal contains a full functionable AIS receiving unit which enables to be used as coastal station for regular AIS traffic control as well as special object tracking and monitoring in local areas.

By means of the 2 channel receiver unit inside, the AIS Receiver Terminal is ready to be used as coastal station for all kind of monitoring and tracking requests.
LAN as well as USB connectivity allow to forward incoming AIS data in local or server-based networks all over the world.
With the standardized 19“ rack housing the AIS Receiver Terminal will fit into commercial behaviour and authority control center work.
With connection to external GPS antenna own position will be defined precizely.
The AIS Receiver Terminal will be a very cost effective solution for new coastal station projects.



  • Full functionable AIS receiving unit
  • Standardized 19“ rack housing fit into commercial behaviour and authority control center work
  • Very cost effective solution

What is needed?

What is needed to run the AIS Receiver Terminal?
To use the AIS Receiver Terminal in the best way, you only need to connect the unit to external GPS antenna and to VHF antenna used for AIS traffic.
To forward the incoming AIS data connection to server network via LAN is easy to establish.

Technical Data

  • 2 Channel AIS Receiver
  • Standardized 19“ rack
  • LAN connectivity possible
  • USB connectivity possible
  • external GPS antenna connection via plug
  • 8 LED functionality display

Product pictures



A040 easyRESCUE-PRO (BT)


Timing chart of DSC operation DSC_Timing_Chart  

Software for Android and Apple
Programming-software for Android:   easyrescue-app For Apple: easyrescue-app





Our easyRESCUE Rescue Transmitters have a basic approval and do not have to be registered anymore!

The easyRESCUE-PRO (BT) rescue transmitter has an integrated Bluetooth-LE module. This allows easily and fast the programming of the up to 8 different MMSI numbers in the rescue transmitter. Get the best of both to alert vessels about situation of distress If a „MAN OVER BOARD“ situation happens, you need to keep the victim in sight. It is essential for his survival. The easyRESCUE-PRO has been developed based on the well-known and approved AIS S.A.R.T. device easyRESCUE. In addition to the AIS locating functionality, the easyRESCUE-PRO has got another built-in VHF alert: DSC distress call (MOB) By means of DSC distress call, other vessels having DSC controllers aboard are able to provide support as a potential emergency responder. It‘s a lightweight personal locating device which is fixed to clothing or lifejackets and which can be mounted onto a pole for use on life rafts.


Upon activation, the easyRESCUE-PRO device starts transmitting position reports via AIS, providing the current GPS position along with COG, SOG and its individual unit ID. The victim‘s position is updated every minute and transmitted 8 times per minute for at least 96 hours, depending on the DSC closed loop distress acknowledgment. Therefore the crew of the ship will know exactly the victim‘s position, as well as every other ship with an AIS receiver or DSC controller within range. When in emergency, AIS messages are transmitted. It triggers a safety related message on every AIS chart plotter with a worldwide standardized symbol. By means of DSC distress call (MOB), this signal can be received by the GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety Service), which is installed on numerous vessels and shore stations. The MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Center) is part of the GMDSS (DSC) network. The easyRESCUE-PRO starts sending “closed loop” DSC distress alerts when activated. This “closed loop” message is addressed to the own ship of the victim. Up to this time no global alarm is initiated.  The crew on the own ship can decide to rescue the victim on this own and send out a DSC acknowledgment to the easyRESCUE-PRO, which stops sending DSC messages. In addition, the easyRESCUE-PRO offers the possibility of programming up to eight mother ships ID numbers (MMSI) into the device to those users, who often need to change a vessel like pilots, SAR crew members, etc. Any vessel within the “closed loop” group (up to eight vessels) can acknowledge these distress telegrams, which lead to a termination of the DSC distress calls send out by easyRESCUE-PRO. If the “closed loop” distress telegrams are not acknowledged, the easyRESCUE-PRO starts sending „open loop DSC distress calls“ (MOB) to all ships. Now the shore station or other commercial ship stations nearby can acknowledge this message and the easyRESCUE-PRO will also cease transmitting DSC. The global rescue operation will go on.

What is necessary to run the easyRESCUE-PRO?

The easyRESCUE-PRO needs no additional accessory. The device is ready to use, grab‘n‘go! An AIS receiver and a DSC controller are strongly recommended as a radio equipment on the own ship. Only then a fast and effective rescue operation can be conducted by the own crew.

AIS transmitter part

  • Floatable
  • Single-hand or automatic activation
  • Certifications:
    • CE
    • R&TTE
  • 96h in AIS mode after DSC “closed loop” alert has been acknowledged
  • 24h in AIS and DSC joint operation, when DSC gets no acknowledgment
  • Individual unit ID is transmitted
  • Clear function indication by 4 LEDs
  • High radio range of 10nm and more (depending on height of reception antenna)
  • GPS position is updated every minute
  • Parent ship knows where the victim is
  • No annual charge or subscription
  • No waiting for satellites
  • Type of Activation available:
    • manually
    • water contact trigger when submerged
    • rip cord trigger with magnetic switch

DSC radio transmitter and receiver part

  • includes a DSC transmitter and receiver
  • Closed loop DSC distress can address up to eight programmable vessel IDs
  • Open loop DSC distress alert can be relayed by other DSC stations
  • Conform to RTCM 11901.1 and EN301025 (DSC Class D)
  • Additional to the homing functionality of the AIS,  the DSC now provides GMDSS alerting


Article number A040-PRO
Certification CE / R&TTE
Case Measurements (L) 130mm * (B) 70mm * (H) 30mm
Total Weight Approx. 250 grams
Battery Industrial pack Lithium Cells 9V/3V
Frequencies AIS 1: 161.975 MHz |   AIS 2: 162.025 MHz
Transmission Power Minimum of 2 Watt radiated (Average >2.8W)
GPS Receiver 56 Channel Receiver with integrated Antenna, approved according to IEC 61108-1
VHF Antenna Flexible steel ribbon antenna, foldable
Operation Time (activated)
  • Minimum of 96 hours over the full temperature range,
  • AIS transmissions only, DSC acknowledged and shut down
Battery Replacement Cycle Every 5 years
Operating temperature range -20°C to +55°C
Storage temperature range -30°C to +70°C
  • 3 LEDs for function
  • 1 bright Flash LED for optical indication
Control Elements
  • 2 Buttons
  • 1 Magnetic Trigger Switch
Supported AIS messages Msg.1: AIS position report (dynamic data)

  • 6/8 times per minute
  • Unit MMSI: 9 digit Identification Number (unique worldwide)
  • Position
  • Speed above Ground (SOG)
  • Course above Ground (COG)
  • Navigational status Alarm: 14; Test: 15

Msg.14: AIS Safety related message

  • 2 times every 4 minutes
  • MMSI
Complied standards
  • IEC 61097-14, IEC 60945, ITU-RM.1371-3,
  • IMO Res. MSC.246(83), IEC 61108-1

DSC (specific data)

Article number A040-PRO
DSC operation modes “closed loop” and “open loop” pursuant to RTCM 11901.1
Frequency DSC Frequency: 156,525 MHz, Channel 70
Transmission power Minimum 1 Watt (Average >2W)
Operating time (activated) In joint operation with AIS emergency messaging: 24 hours
Battery Replacement Cycle 5 years, pursuant to SOLAS requirements
Complied standards RTCM 11901.1, EN301025, Class D
  • 2 of the most important maritime radio communication systems united in one single unit
  • AIS localization
  • DSC distress call (MOB) functionality

A10902 easyONE-DSC-CL-M


Product information

Only manual release and therefore ideal for all water sports.





Our easyRESCUE Rescue Transmitters have a basic approval and do not have to be registered anymore!

Produkt pictures

Weatherdock – Further win of German Quality in an Asian Country for fishing fleet tracking

Nuremberg, Februar 27, 2017

The German Weatherdock AG was awarded a further time with a big order by an important Asian Government for supplying a fleet tracking and monitoring system.

By using the Weatherdock’s vmsTRACK system mounted on the fishing vessels, the local Department of Fishery is able to continuously track and observe all small and bigger non-coastal fishing vessels in their EEZ and beyond in offshore areas. With such a high level proofed system the Government does the next important step to work against illegal, unreported and unlicensed fishing (IUU).

Reliable, proofed
and certified quality

The vmsTRACK system was tested hard and intensive by the Department of Fishery and finally convinced with best performance figures such as transmission range and reliability. The devices are transmitting continuously in a pre-set time interval to bring up a real-time-image of the area to headquarter.

„After awarding Weatherdock for the first batch of tracking units for the coastal fishing vessels we tested a lot, very hard, very intensive to make sure that these German position transmitter are full compliant to given standards to be the best solution for our country and our needs before awarding Weatherdock the second time with the next batch for the non-coastal fishing vessels” the customer said.

Safety of Fishermen included

Every vmsTRACK unit mounted on a vessel has got an additional “push to alert” button that triggers a standardized AIS SART emergency message which can be received by every vessel or coastal station in the vicinity to help immediately with the rescue.
“For us it is very important that the customer is totally convinced about the product and he has a good feeling with his decision. Delivering reliable technologies on the highest possible level which follow the existing rules and fit the given specification is the goal we want to achieve.” says Alfred Kotouczek-Zeise, CEO and Speaker of the Board of Weatherdock.

The delivery will be finished by April 2017.

Marintec Indonesia 2016

Weatherdock’s products are currently being presented in Indonesia. The “Marintec Indonesia 2016” trade fair, which takes place from 23 to 25 November 2016, is an international Trade Fair and Congress. The main focus of the fair is on the areas of shipping and shipbuilding.

Weatherdock’s CEO, Mr. Kotouczek-Zeise, is there to accompany our partner and to present the benefits of AIS’s innovative technologies for the maritime industry.

Weatherdock at Mets 2015

New products and new ideas, those are the things we’ve put in our suitcase and brought to Amsterdam.

The METS is running from 15 to 17 November and we are back again. Please visit us, you will find us in Hall 1, Stand 123.

Our team will be there to answer your questions and to show you the benefits of Weatherdock’s products. Michael Knipp, Sven Wagner, Tjeerd Bouma, as well as the CEO of the company, Alfred Kotouczek, will be happy to welcome you during the next
three days at the METS in Amsterdam.

Office closed on 31 October and 1 November

Dear customers,

On 1 November 2016 is a legal holiday in Bavaria. Therefore we will close the office from 31st October to Tuesday 1st November 2016.

On Wednesday, 2 November 2016, we are back for you as usual and we will be ready to answer all your questions as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and your patience.



Weatherdock works with Arved Fuchs

Weatherdock is looking forward to working with the well-known ice hiker, sailor, polar explorer, expedition manager and book author Arved Fuchs.

The team around Arved Fuchs is equipped with the AIS SART emergency transmitters easyRESCUE-PRO, which are integrated into the SECUMAR lifejacket of every team member. They will take with them our devices for the new upcoming sailing expeditions in extreme areas of the world.

The fact that the Weatherdock products have been deliberately selected by such an experienced expedition manager for such extreme areas, shows the reliability and the high quality of the equipment, which can save their lives in a situation of distress.

We wish Arved Fuchs and his crew a lot of success in his next projects and we are glad to be a little part of their adventures .



Photo: Arved Fuchs with our CEO, Alfred Kotouczek

New Weatherdock distributor for Africa

We are pleased to introduce our new distributor in South Africa. He is already presenting our AIS personal locator rescue devices at his own booth M32 at Cape Town International Boat Show:

VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT (SA) with the managing Director Jaco Warrington

Working in close partnership with our South African distributor techAF, Jaco and his team are also responsible for the hole African continent, not only for South Africa. With the full range of life saving equipment people are familiar with VIKING, Weatherdock AIS personal locator units easyRESCUE (AIS SART) and easyONE (AIS MOB) are matching perfectly the product range and are able to enhance peoples safety level aboard.

If possible, step in the Boat Show and visit Jaco and his booth M32. He will be pleased to inform you about the Weatherdock devices.

You will find the contact information you need here.

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