Winner of “Exportpreis Bayern 2018” – Category “Industry”

Weatherdock is the proud winner of the “Exportpreis Bayern 2018” in the category “Industry”.

At the award ceremony on November 21st, 2018 in Munich, after a speech and a short film about the company, the three company founders and managing directors Alfred Kotouczek-Zeise, Wolfgang Werner and Jürgen Zimmermann were awarded with a custom-made trophy. This was presented together with a certificate from Hubert Aiwanger (Deputy Prime Minister of Bavaria).

The “Exportpreis Bayern” honors small businesses that, thanks to their exceptional entrepreneurial performance, have successfully distributed their “Made in Bavaria” products worldwide. Every year, the winners are selected by a top-class jury.

To “Exportpreis Bayern” >

Wolfgang Werner (CTO), Michael Knipp (Marketing & PR), Alfred Kotouczek-Zeise (CEO), Jürgen Zimmermann (CTO)
(from left to right)

Handover of the trophy to Weatherdock
Source: Studio Vohler/Bayern International

Group picture of all winners
Source: Studio Vohler/Bayern International

Company Video – Weatherdock AG

Award ceremony from November 21st, 2018

BR Rundschau Magazin from November 21st, 2018

BR Frankenschau Aktuell from November 22nd, 2018

AIS-Plus receiving system for more safety in shipping

The DLR (German Aerospace Center) developed together with Weatherdock as industrial partner the new ship information system AIS-Plus.

The aim of the project was to create a complete picture of the harbor situation. In comparison to conventional AIS receivers, the position reports with AIS-Plus have greater reliability (50% more signals) and a longer range (95 km instead of 65 km).

In mid-November AIS-Plus was successfully tested in the port of Rotterdam and presented at the SME Conference 2018 in Berlin.

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Weatherdock on the METS TRADE 2018

From 13th to 15th of November 2018, Weatherdock will once again be represented at the METS in Amsterdam. We will present our latest products and will gladly answer your questions.

The METS TRADE 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!

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The development of the easyTRX3, the successor of our popular Class B AIS transceiver easyTRX2S, is at least in the final phase! The device will be available from January 2019.

All product highlights:

  • Higher transmission power (5 watts, instead of 2 watts)
  • Faster transfer rate at higher speeds (every 15 instead of every 30 seconds)
  • ridgid and waterproof housing
  • modern connections (NMEA2000, USB)
  • SOTDMA Technology (Self-Organizing Time Division Multiple Access, like Class A, instead of CSTDMA)
  • MTM – Maritime Text Messenger (send & receive Short Text Messages)


Available product variants

  • easyTRX3 (A20000)
  • easyTRX3-WiFi (A20001)

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Office closed

November 1st, 2018 – All Saints’ Day

Therefor our office will be closed on 1st and 2nd of November 2018.

We will process your requests as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

Weatherdock on the SMM 2018

Weatherdock will once again be represented in 2018 at the SMM in Hamburg and is, together with the long-standing exhibition partner, at an own booth. The SMM takes place every two years and is the leading trade fair in the maritime sector for shipbuilding and equipment. Visit us from 4th to 7th September 2018 in hall B6 at stand 405 and get to know our products first-hand.

We are looking forward to see You!

All information and appointment

Weatherdock on the 2nd Techsurge conference in Chennai, India

On 10th of August 2018 Alfred Kotouczek-Zeise, CEO of the Weatherdock AG, was as an expert and speaker at the 2nd Techsurge in Chennai, India. The main topics of the conference were Safety, Security, Navigation and Technology for sustainable fishing.

The event is a platform for stakeholders on technology and innovation for sustainable fishing. The first Techsurge took place in June 2016 and was already a great success.

The new face at Weatherdock

“I know the history of Weatherdock since the beginning and have finally become an employee of the company. That makes me very happy!”

Felix Metzenthin

Director Sales, Weatherdock AG

From now on I take over the support of our business partners and distributors and I am available as contact person for questions with help and advice.

+49 (0)911 37663858

I would like to shortly introduce myself:

Age: 47 years


Married, one son (12 years)


Dipl.-Ing. (Univ.) for electrical engineering,
specializing in communications engineering


Since 1st of June 2018 Director Sales at Weatherdock


From 2008 to 2018 Sales Manager of SIPOS Aktorik
a supplier of components in international plant engineering


From 2002 to 2008 at DiehlControls
(key account manager, since 2006 team leader)
Development and production of electronics for household appliances


From 1990 to 2002 soldier of the Bundeswehr
(last Captain and Technical Officer of the Mountain Logistics Regiment 8)
Maintenance of defense equipment, additionally occupational safety engineer


Hobbies: family, cycling, history

New distributor for Suriname and Barbados

Weatherdock is pleased to present a new member of the world-wide distribution family:

MPS Security in Suriname – South America

MPS Security is a USA registered company with subdivision in Suriname where they have the management of the electronic and technology security division. The company is doing authority as well as end-user business and we are looking forward to have a good and intense partnership with MPS Security in lots of different projects.

MPS will be responsible for the area of Suriname and Guyana, as well as parts of the Caribbean Sea like Barbados.

Welcome and good luck

Weatherdock AG

Redesign: Lifejackets online-shop

Our online shop for lifejackets with integrated rescue transmitters from Weatherdock has got a new design. Browse through the shop and discover on our new page many helpful information about life vests and rescue transmitter. Choose from the various lifejackets and rescue transmitter models the right variant for your purposes.

 Click here for the lifejacket online shop >

Office closed (May 2018)

On the following days in May 2018, our office will be closed due to public holidays or bridging days:

April 30th, 2018 – bridging day
May 1st, 2018 – Labor Day
May 10th, 2018 – Ascension of Christ
May 21st, 2018 – Whit Monday
May 31st, 2018 – Corpus Christi

We will process your requests as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

Good, safe & easy – AIS

Post from the Caribbean …

… actually from Le Marin on the island of Martinique. One of our customers sent a big compliment to the Weatherdock team and of course our products in this way – “great service, great equipment!”.

The trip started in Italy and went via Barbados and Cuba to Trinidad – “always good, safe & easy thanks to AIS”. That makes us happy. It is very exciting for us to see where our customers are traveling around.

Many Thanks for the Postcard!

Office closed for Easter holidays


The Weatherdock AG team wishes Happy Easter!

From March 30th 2018 until April 02nd 2018 our office will be closed due to the holidays. From April 03rd 2018 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!

Direct dial to our service team

You can reach the Weatherdock service team with a direct telephone extension now. There you will be gladly helped with technical questions.


We are looking forward to your call at:


+49 (0)911 376638 57

Weatherdock at the International Exhibition & Conference for Law Enforcement and Homeland Security

Weatherdock presents the portable UKW position transmitter ALARIS100 at the GPEC (General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference) for Live-GPS-Position-Reporting.

The topic of security is increasingly important. The 10th GPEC informs with 579 exhibitors and more than 5,500 visitors about news, trends and developments in the field of police and special equipment.

Weatherdock is a proud exhibitor of a real-time tracking system at this year’s exhibition. The specially developed ALARIS100 location transmitter, in conjunction with the RX2 S-LAN receiver unit, is a system for Live-GPS-Position-Reporting. With the handy transmitter, live positions of the individual task forces and groups can be sent to the operations center. Specially developed for law enforcement agencies and mobile operations groups, transmission is reliable and encrypted over FM frequencies.

Weatherdock will be represented in hall 11.0 at booth D018 at the GPEC. The closed specialized trade fair takes place 20th to 22nd of February 2018 in Frankfurt am Main.

Available now: Free easyRESCUE-PRO app

Our new easyRESCUE-PRO app for Apple iPhone and iPad is now available for free on the App Store.
Both the easyRESCUE-PRO and the new easyONE-DSC-CL can be configured with this app. Via Bluetooth you can store up to 8 MMSI numbers. In case of an emergency an alert is sent by DSC to these ships.

Download for free >

German YACHT magazine once again tested AIS MOB devices available on the market for their strengths and weaknesses

In early August the well known German YACHT magazine worked out a huge test event at the Baltic sea. The goal was to find out which AIS MOB device is the best on the market available.

With very successful 88 from 100 possible points the AIS MOB easyONE from German Weatherdock AG gets the TOP grade of this challenge.

The big advantages of the easyONE which bring it on TOP of the list are,

• palm-sized
• self-floating in upright position
• without buoyancy aid
• usage with every automatic life jacket
• highest transmission range
• full stand alone functionality with automatic activation
• long battery lifetime of more than 24 hours
AIS MOB emergency transmitter can make the difference between saving or losing a life at sea. The current GPS position of the victim will be updated every minute and broadcasted to every AIS receiver system in the vicinity of up to 10 nautical miles and more. The transmitted data also include course and speed over ground of the victim in the current.

Weatherdock AG is proud to be the winner of this competition in front of other manufactures and we take this first place as an incentive to keep on working hard to realize the best products possible.

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.

move to new location

We move

As you can see in the headline, we will move to our new location.

From 1st of August 2017, our new address will be

Weatherdock AG

Emmericher Strasse 17

90411 Nürnberg

.Our phone numbers will stay the same so only thing you have to do is to update yoour systems with our new address.

Maybe in the two weeks around the moving date it will become not so easy to get in touch with us as you are used to.

We do our very best to reduce this unconvenient situation to a minimum.

We appologize in advance for possible problems coming up in this time.

Best regards from Nuremberg
Weatherdock AG

Comon research project of DLR and Weatherdock

Within a new project sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Aerospace Center DLR and the Nuremberg-based Weatherdock AG will pool their competences.

The goal of this research project is the improvement of the nowadays existing AIS standard to create a reliable AIS position reporting of vessels in high traffic areas and/or bad transmitting conditions.

What is AIS?
AIS (Automatic Identification System) is a self-organizing maritime transponder/receiver radio system broadcasting relevant trip data (position, heading, vessel call sign, vessel name, etc.) of every vessel through two worldwide standarized VHF frequencies. This broadcast is received by other vessels. AIS main objective is to improve maritime safety with collision avoidance. Since 2006 AIS is mandatory for commercial vessels bigger than 50.000gt and has become part of the vessels’ equipment. For fishing vessels or other smaller vessels, AIS is not mandatory but not forbidden.

With the present technical condition, AIS will reach its limits in some parts. The suggested system is compatible with the existing AIS system and enables, in areas of very high traffic, a solid and secure detection of the needed information.

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

vmsTRACK-PRO installation

First phase of installation for vmsTRACK-PRO vessel locating and monitoring system powered by Weatherdock

After being awarded a further time with a big order by an important Asian Government for supplying a fleet tracking and monitoring system and the yet-started rollout of these units the next milestone is the installation of the first vmsTRACK-PRO units

With full men power of our local distributor the installation started on several small fishing vessels parallel, just to get finished as soon as possible. The Government, especially the Department of Fishery is very excited to start the second step of this huge project to get all national fishing vessels equipped with the vmsTRACK-PRO units.

More visibility of domestic fishing vessels in own EEZ

Within the first project step all the small coastal fishing vessels had been equipped with the locating device vmsTRACK-PRO. This next step is about the bigger fishing vessels to be monitored by authorities for regulation of IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing).

The onboard installed vmsTRACK-PRO units are transmitting as regular AIS Class B units running with the CSTDMA (carrier sence time division multiple access) on regular worldwide standardized AIS frequencies. Important to know for authorities are different points: get to know where fishing was done, identify “friend or foe” vessels and to have “GEOFENCING” functionality for special or restricted areas. The members of the department of fishery came to the decision that the Weatherdock vmsTRACK-PRO units will fit most to their requirements.

CSTDMA – “listen before talk”

The vmsTRACK-PRO locating devices are working strictly according the AIS Class B regulations. For not overwriting any AIS emergency transmission or AIS Class A message, the vmsTRACK-PRO acts like “listen before talk”. That’s the reason because the units are allowed and approved to run on regular AIS frequencies.

Weatherdock – German quality for cost effective key solutions

Due to the fact that Weatherdock has got a full range of AIS based navigational equipment like AIS transceivers and AIS receivers, as well as AIS SART and AIS MOB emergency transponders, the many years of experience with this technology was put together into the vmsTRACK-PRO.

With this experience in radio technologies, Weatherdock is well known by maritime authorities all over the world for best performance, highest possible quality and cost effective solutions on the point.

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.

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.

Weatherdock awarded for Coastal Border Security

The German Weatherdock AG, leading manufacturer of emergency transmitter and electronic navigation devices all around “Tracking & Locating”, was awarded by a Caribbean Island to realize coastal border security by means of AIS technologies.

With this step the national authority gives a big and important component for national security. Maritime Domain Awareness, Coastal Surveillance and Offshore Border Control are only few items which are getting more and more important these days and can not be ignored any more.

“With this order we see confirmation in our constant efforts to stay in global leading position and to expand it. It is very important that the huge field of AIS capabilities will be brought into the decision makers minds”, say Alfred Kotuczek-Zeise, CEO and Speaker of the Board of Weatherdock.

MTS TechSurge conference

MTS TechSurge conference “Search & Rescue at Sea”

Weatherdock was one of the presenting sponsors of the MTS TechSurge conference in Chennai with focus on “Search & Rescue at Sea”. This conference was held by the Indian marine technology society and organized by Elektronik Lab.

Alfred Kotouczek-Zeise, CEO of Weatherdock, was one of the speaker together with Coast Guard Commanders, Real Admirals and other important and responsible people of different authorities and countries.

We are proud of being part of this important and mind opening event to start putting “Search & Rescue at Sea” on the next level.


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