Vendée Globe rescue operation shows: Modern rescue transmitters should be a matter of course

On December 1st, 2020, the Vendèe Globe non-stop regatta saw a dramatic scene that you would otherwise only expect in a film. A participant’s yacht broke in the high waves. Eight hours other participants, including Boris Herrmann, searched for the victim in high waves and strong winds.

 

Fortunately, on the night of December 2nd, 2020 the redeeming news came that the victim had been rescued and is well.

 

Unfortunately, the victim did not have an AIS rescue transmitter on his personal equipment, as it has been used by responsible water sports enthusiasts, navies and maritime authorities for a long time. For this reason, other Vendée participants were quickly assigned search sectors in order to find and rescue the victim. The search sectors were very close-knit, with only 600 meters between the passages. Searching a zone would have taken a total of up to 20 hours. According to Boris Herrmann, it was the, luckily successful, search for a needle in a haystack. But everyone involved is aware that this disaster could have ended differently.

 

Modern distress rescue transmitters transmit GPS position including drift course and drift speed of an accident victim
– At any time of day, in any weather and in any swell!

 

The 8-hour-search would not have been necessary with a modern emergency rescue transmitter, as the GPS position including the drift course and drift speed of the victim would have been clearly visible on the chart plotters of the surrounding ships. Rescue transmitters such as the easyRESCUE-PRO3 from Weatherdock use not only AIS but also DSC and 121.5 Mhz bearing signals and can be displayed with coordinates on the chart plotter by all ships and boats and located directly by aircrafts without searching. Boris Herrmann also relied on our easyRESCUE rescue transmitter for years.

The ultimate rescuer would have had the exact GPS position a few minutes after the accident on the chart plotter of the “Yes we Cam” and could have targeted and saved the victim. The rescue operation would have taken only a fraction of the time despite the difficult conditions.

This event clearly shows that even the most experienced sailor is not protected from an accident and, in our opinion, a modern rescue transmitter is essential for every sailor. We therefore appeal to common sense to equip yourself with a modern rescue transmitter. This can save lives in an emergency.

 

We wish all participants of the Vendèe Globe Regatta every success for the rest of the event and hope that there will be no further disaster.

Boris Herrmann, equipped with an easyRESCUE rescue transmitter.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2021

The year 2020 went differently than expected and planned for everyone due to COVID19, no one remained unaffected, whether in a professional or private sense. Nevertheless, we want to look positively into the future and hope that normality will soon return.

We would like to thank you all the more for your trust in Weatherdock AG during this often difficult time.

We wish you a Merry Christmas
&
a Happy New Year 2021

Our opening hours during the holidays:

We are there for you until Dec. 22nd 2020
Office closed from Jan. 6th 2021 up to Jan. 8th 2021.
Normal business operation from Jan. 11th 2021

IONEER – 24/7 unlimited traceability

The IONEER locating beacon enables unlimited traceability available 24/ for local and global fleet activities. The palm-sized position transmitter is reliable working with AIS Class B CSTDMA functionality and IRIDIUM® sat network.

Big benefit for the fleet administration is to know ‘Who & Where’ for coordination and management as well as coastal border security issues. Defining and using ‘Geo-Fence-Areas’ allows to create limited entry zones or restricted areas.

The additional ‘Push-to-Alert’ button is another very important benefit for the outgoing fishermen. In event of emergency, in addition to the regular position report an official AIS emergency message will be send out.

As soon as a pre-programmed distance to the coastline is overrun, the IONEER unit automatically switches into sat-communication via IRIDIUM satellites. The AIS based communication can be done bi-directional: ‘Ship-to-Sat-to-Shore’ and vice versa.

If you want to learn more about this incredible and amazing product, please follow the link :

https://www.easyais.com/en/products/iridium-ioneer/

You can reach us at:

info@weatherdock.de
+49 (0)911-376638-30

METSTRADE Show 2020 cancelled

Dear customers

We are very sorry that we will not be able to invite you to our booth at the 2020 METSTRADE Show to present our products.

RAI Amsterdam, the organizer of the METS, has announced that the this year’s show is cancelled due to the concequences of the COVID-19 outbreak. There will be no alternative date for this show  so METSTRADE 2021 will take place on 16-18 November 2021 in RAI Amsterdam.

We are currently working on a virtual product persentation where we can show you our latest developments and new products. Of course we keep you informed about the ongoing process.

 

Thank you and stay healthy!

You can reach us at:

info@weatherdock.de
+49 (0)911-376638-30

Weatherdock Receives “Innovative Through Research” Seal of Approval

Weatherdock AG has once again received the “Innovative through Research” seal of approval from the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft for its ongoing research.
Weatherdock already received the seal four years ago.

Since 2014, the Stifterverband has been honoring researching companies for their special responsibility that they assume for the state and society.

The Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V. is one of the largest private business promoters in Germany and annually examines the research and development performance of the German economy on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Office closed – Public Holidays May/June 2019

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Due to some upcoming holidays in May/June, we would like to inform you that our office will be closed on the following days:

May    1st 2020 – Labor Day
May  21st 2020 – Ascension of Christ
May 22nd 2020 – Bridging day
June   1st 2020 – Whit Monday
June 11th 2020 – Corpus Christi
June 12th 2020 – Bridging day

We will process your requests as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

Weatherdock whishes Happy Easter!

The team of Weatherdock AG wishes you Happy Easter!

Due to the easter holidays,
our office will be closed from April 10th until April 13th 2020.
From April 14th 2020 we are back as usual for you and answer your requests as soon as possible.

We thank you for your understanding and wish you happy holidays despite the current circumstances!

NEW: easyAtoN (Type3)

Weatherdock has now an AIS Aid to Navigation (AtoN) transceiver – the easyAtoN.

It is a Type 3 AIS transponder used as Aid to Navigation station to provide location an identification of buoys, beacons or floating objects to nearby vessels on AIS chart display in real-time.

All product highlights:

  • Capability of generating virtual and synthetic AtoN navigation marks
  • Integrated GPS Source
  • AIS Class B FATDMA or RATDMA (by software selectable)
  • Anti-Tamper proof
  • Waterproof and dust resistant (IP67)
  • Low power consumption

View Product Page

easyONE now has FCC approval for USA

We are very pleased that our AIS MOB “easyONE”-family has now received FCC approval for sale and use in the USA. After the AIS SART easyRESCUE, the easyONE is already Weatherdock’s second rescue transmitter, which is approved in the USA.
Our local sales partner MRT (Marine Rescue Technologies) was able to present the two rescue transmitters at the Miami Boat Show last week.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency in the United States and regulates, among other things, radio communications. The FCC is also the registration office for communication devices and checks compliance with the standards in this context.

Note: The current declaration of conformity is available for download on the product page at the bottom.

 

More informations to the product

Special exhibition offer BOOT 2020: easyTRX2S + BAOFENG portable radio for free!*

Visit our new booth B10 in hall 10 at BOOT 2020 in Düsseldorf and secure an easyTRX2S AIS Class B transceiver (CSTDMA) + free BAOFENG portable radio! But be quick, the free radio is only available for the first 20 buyers.

*Only applies to the purchase of an easyTRX2S at BOOT 2020 in Düsseldorf from January 18th, 2020 to January 26th, 2020, only while stocks last, free portable radio from BAOFENG only for the first 20 buyers, subject to change.

 

All information to BOOT 2020

BOOT 2020 Düsseldorf – Weatherdock with a new boothnumber

From 18th to 26th of January 2020, the BOOT will take place in Düsseldorf again. It is the world’s leading water sports exhibition and platform for new products for the coming season.
Weatherdock is represented with its own booth. We present you our products and will gladly answer your questions.
Visit us at our new Booth B10 in in Hall 10.

All information and appointment

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020

The year is already coming to an end. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for your trust in Weatherdock AG.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020.


Our opening hours during the holidays:

We are there for you until Dec. 20th 2019
Office closed from Dec. 23rd 2019 to Jan. 1st 2020
Normal business operation from Jan. 2nd 2020

AIS Class B SOTDMA Transceiver easyTRX3 now with DVB-T2 & DAB+

Parallel to solving the starting problems with the easyTRX3, we pushed the development of this new functionality to an end. The DVB-T2 module will be extended with an additional DAB+ functionality.

With the integrated DAB+ you will get more convenience by means of no nasty frequence search, no background gaining and a huge variety of different channels.

DAB+ means “digital audio broadcasting” and will be the follow-up of the analogue VHF radio. Nearly everywhere in Europe DAB+ is receivable, no matter if North Sea, Baltic Sea, Channel or Atlantic coast and even in the Mediterranean Sea.

More information about the AIS Class B SOTDMA transceiver from Weatherdock

Weatherdock on the METSTRADE 2019

From 19th to 21st of November 2019, Weatherdock will once again be represented at the METSTRADE in Amsterdam. We will present our products and will gladly answer your questions.

The METSTRADE is the world’s largest B2B trade fair for marine equipment, materials and systems. Founded in 1988, it is considered a platform for innovation, market development and networking.

We are looking forward to your visit in hall 1 at booth 123!

All information and appointment

Office closed – Public Holidays October/November 2019

Due to some upcoming holidays in October/November, we would like to inform you that our office will be closed on the following days:

October 3rd 2019 – Day of German unity
October 4th 2019 – Bridging day
November 1st 2019 – All Saints’ Day

We will process your requests as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

The new “RESCUE Database” – even more safety at sea

After almost 10 years our easyRESCUE Database got a complete makeover and is now called “RESCUE Database”. In addition to a more modern and user-friendly look, information about a rescue transmitter can now be stored in a more structured and detailed manner.

All owners of the AIS SART (easyRESCUE) or AIS MOB (easyONE) Rescue Transmitter from Weatherdock can voluntarily store personal data as well as detailed device information in the database.

Our goal is to significantly assist the Sarch and Rescue Organizations in thier work while offering an added value for our customers.

So that not only visually everything is up to date, we ask you to update your entry in the RESCUE Database.
If you have not yet registered your easyRESCUE or easyONE, the Search and Rescue Organizations recommend doing so at the latest before the next turn.

The login takes place with the Unit-ID and the password, which you will find on the back of each easyRESCUE and easyONE.

 

Entry/Update of your information

Especially important information for Search and Rescue Organizations are:

 

  • Name of the user of a Rescue Transmitter
  • Diseases/allergies/drug intolerances/other special features
  • Emergency Contact
  • Information about the ship

Weatherdock for the first time as an exhibitor at KORMARINE, Busan Korea

From October 22nd to 25th 2019, KORMARINE will take place in Busan Korea. For the first time, Weatherdock will also be represented there together with moodotel, the Korean distributor, with a booth in the German Pavilion.
The KORMARINE, held every two years in Busan, is a meeting place for manufacturers and customers from the whole world of shipbuilding and maritime industry.

Weatherdock AG can be found in the German Pavilion at booth 4N07

Software Update for vmsTRACK/-PRO + easyPOSALERT (v 3.67)

For the vmsTRACK/-PRO (A138/A193) and the easyPOSALERT (A118) a software update is available. The most important changes of version 3.67 at a glance:

  • Maps for different countries have been added:
    • Bangladesh, Myanmar
    • Cambodia
    • Pakistan
    • Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana
    • Sri Lanka
  • Bug fix: SAT extender
 

vmsTRACK Update: Software (version 3.67)

Software Update for easyTRX3 (v 1.6)

A software update of the easyTRX3 Programming-Tool is available. The most important changes of version 1.6 at a glance:

  • Bugfix: CPA / Anchor hardware switches are now detected correctly
  • Bugfix: Bugfix at program start
  • MacOS 64-bit version available

 

Quick Start Software Update:

Save the software locally on your PC / Mac and start the installation by double-clicking on the setup file.

 

Click here for the current firmware (version 1.0.19) >

easyTRX3 Update: Programming-Tool (version 1.6)

A visit to Marlin Marine Canada

As a distributor for Weatherdock products in Canada, MARLIN MARINE owner Ingo Vollmer is delighted to welcome the CEO of Weatherdock AG Alfred Kotouczek and his wife.

It looks nice to combine holidays and work like this.

Ingo Vollmer (Marlin Marine) with his wife & Alfred Kotouczek-Zeise (CEO) with his wife (from left to right)

Office closed – Public Holidays May/June 2019

Due to some upcoming holidays in May/June, we would like to inform you that our office will be closed on the following days:

May 1st 2019 – Labor Day
May 30th 2019 – Ascension of Christ
May 31st 2019 – bridging day
June 10th 2019 – Whit Monday
June 20th 2019 – Corpus Christi
June 21st 2019 – bridging day

We will process your requests as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

Remember in silent

As a manufacturer of security and navigation electronics, we have close contact with the distress rescue organizations in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and also Sweden.

It is therefore particularly painful to learn that members of a rescue crew themselves have died in an attempt to help a ship in distress.

Our thoughts are with the families and colleagues of the casualties and we hope that our donation can be of use.

Such tragic moments serve as an incentive for us (as manufacturers) to establish our products even more strongly in the distress rescue organizations worldwide. Possibly, future disasters of this kind can be avoided in advance.

If you would like to make a donation, please follow this link:

https://don.snsm.org/familles-sables-dolonne

GPS-Week-Rollover easyTRX2 and easyTRX2S family

All information about the GPS-Week-Rollover


 

What does “GPS Week Rollover” mean?

In addition to accurate position information, the GPS satellites also provide date and time information. However, the counter for the GPS system, developed in 1980, can count a maximum of 1024 weeks (about 19.7 years). Then the counter jumps to zero and the GPS time counts again from the beginning. This process is called “rollover”. For the first time there was the GPS Week rollover in August 1999, the second in April 2019.

 

What are the implications of GPS Week Rollover?

For the affected devices, the date and time information since the rollover is incorrect. The position information is not affected and still very accurate.

 

Which devices are affected by the GPS Week rollover

From Weatherdock some easyTRX2 and easyTRX2S transceivers are concerned, for which we prepared a firmware update, which fixes the problem.

Firmware-Update

Firmware-Update

Software Update for easyTRX3 (v 1.3)

A software update of the easyTRX3 Programming-Tool is available. The most important changes of version 1.3 at a glance:

  • WiFi settings improved
  • Bug fixes

 

Quick Start Software Update:

Save the software locally on your PC / Mac and start the installation by double-clicking on the setup file.

 

IMPORTANT: Please also update the firmware to the actual version.

Click here for the current firmware (version 1.0.19) >

easyTRX3 Update: Programming-Tool (version 1.3)

Firmware Update for easyTRX3

A firmware update for the easyTRX3 is available. All changes at a glance:

  • Stability improvements
  • GPS position improved over NMEA2000
  • GPS time optimized via NMEA2000

 

Quick Instruction Firmware-Update:

Save the Firmware locally on your PC/Mac.
Open the Programming-Tool for configuring the easyTRX3.

Click on the “Info/Update” button on the bottom left and select the location where you saved the downloaded firmware files. Follow the instructions of the Programming-Tool to install the new firmware on the easyTRX3.

easyTRX3 Update

Happy Easter!

The team of Weatherdock AG wishes you Happy Easter!

Due to the easter holidays, our office will be closed from April 19th until April 22nd 2019. From April 23rd 2019 we are back as usual for you and answer your requests as soon as possible.

We thank you for your understanding and happy holidays!

Weatherdock Distributor on EXPOSHIPPING Istanbul

From 2nd to 5th of April 2019 the 15th international maritime exhibition and conference EXPOSHIPPING Expomaritt Istanbul will take place at Viaport Marina in Tuzla. Exposhipping Istanbul brings together all players in the industry, including national and international shipbuilding companies. The fair is the strongest maritime trade fair of this region with over 200 companies from 41 countries and 700 brands. More than 6.000 visitors are expected.

Our sales partner TEXPERT TEKNOLOJI LTD is represented there with a booth and looks forward to many visitors.

 

 

 

 

Weatherdock is partner of the BALTIC 500 Challenge

A challenge to prove your sailing skills – as the old sailors did. BALTIC 500 means 500 nautical miles – non-stop – in up to 100 hours. In a team of two, a sailboat covers a route in the Baltic Sea, which encompasses both narrow waters and the open sea.

The event will take place from 29th May to 4th June 2019, deadline for registration is 30th April 2019.

We are proud to be a partner in the safety of the BALTIC 500 Challenge.

 

 

More Infos about the Challenge

Weatherdock Distributor on Amsterdam Boat Show HISWA

From 6th to 10th of March 2019 the HISWA – Amsterdam Boat Show will take place. The fair is ideal as preparation for the upcoming season. In addition to small and medium-sized boats, boat parts and accessories are on display. There is also an interesting program with workshops.

Our distribution partner Holland Marine Hardware is represented there with a booth and looks forward to many visitors.

 

 

More information

Weatherdock is nominated for “Großer Preis des Mittelstandes 2019”

Weatherdock is, as in recent years, again nominated for “Großer Preis des Mittelstandes” (Grand Prix of middle-market companies). We are honored to be part of the competition in the anniversary year. In 2019, the Oskar-Patzelt-Foundation will award the prize for the 25th time.

“Großer Preis des Mittelstandes” is the most coveted economic award in Germany. Weatherdock made it to the jury last year and we are very proud of that. The ambition has now grabbed us, so our goal for this year is an award.

More information about “Großer Preis des Mittelstandes” >

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