We are pleased to announce the successful delivery of MOBtronic, our fully automated man-overboard detection system, onboard a 100m+ superyacht.
MOBtronic protects the safety of guests and crew by creating a virtual shield around a vessel which automatically detects and classifies a man-overboard event and supports rescue and recovery efforts. The system consists of small marinised pods containing a patented configuration of sensors that are strategically positioned to monitor a vessel or platform.
Using a combination of sensor data and MARSS proprietary software, MOBtronic differentiates a genuine event from false positive detections caused by birds, breaking waves and other objects. Alerts and video playback are displayed on the intuitive MOBtronic user interface to aid crew in analysis of a MOB incident and for managing SAR operations.
MOBtronic evolved from a European Union research program with over 3,000 test jumps, extensive sea trials and maritime sector industry participation over the last 5 years. Having been trialed in diverse marine environments, MOBtronic has a proven probability of detection in excess of 95% and false alarm rates of less than 1 per day, a unique achievement for man-overboard detection systems.
Immediate notification of man-overboard events is a critical component to ensure a timely rescue and to minimise resources required to identify, track and recover the target from the water, maximising chances of survival. MOBtronic is an innovative solution that detects, classifies and integrates with vessels systems to plot the event point and estimated track of the target.
MARSS have also developed the capabilities of the system with additional features such as climber detection to protect against attempted boarding of a vessel from sea or land.
Johannes Pinl, CEO of MARSS stated, “this delivery includes a number of world first’s, including the introduction of some technology for the very first time on a private vessel and the delivery of innovative new technology to protect lives and enhance safety at sea. The team has worked very closely with the yard, owner’s team and integrator to deliver a world class safety and security system”
MARSS recently won a contract for the installation of MOBtronic onboard the latest Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Fleet Tanker under construction at Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea.