The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) hosted maritime and emergency response representatives from across the world this week for discussions on the development of the next generation of distress beacons.
Representatives from more than 10 countries attended this year’s Cospas-Sarsat Expert Working Group for Second Generation Beacon Specifications, which was held in Cairns from 25 February to 1 March.
This is the fourth annual meeting of the working group since its inception in 2010. The 12 member countries of the working group include the USA, Canada, Russia, France, Norway, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand.
The Cospas-Sarsat Expert Working Group (EWG) is currently working through the process of redesigning distress beacons and the satellite processing system to provide a faster and more accurate response in the future.
AMSA’s General Manager for Emergency Response, John Young, said this year’s EWG meeting was focused on discussing the technical specifications required in the next generation of distress beacons. Continue reading AMSA Discussion On Next Generation Of Distress Beacons