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Old 01-21-2010, 03:39 AM   #1
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ShipLoc

There are a number of reliable ship tracking devices available on the market today based

upon Inmarsat and other satellite systems.

The IMB endorses ShipLoc, an inexpensive satellite tracking system, which allows shipping

companies, with Internet access, to monitor the exact location of their vessels. In addition to

its anti-hijacking role, ShipLoc facilitates independent and precise location of ships at

regular intervals. ShipLoc is fully compliant with the IMO Regulation SOLAS XI-2/6 adopted

during the diplomatic conference in December 2002, concerning a Ship Security Alert

System. The ship security alert system regulation that came into force in July 2004 requires

ships of over 500 GT to be equipped with an alarm system in order to reinforce ship security.

The system allows the crew, in case of danger, to activate an alarm button that automatically

sends a message to the ship owner and to competent authorities. The message is sent without

being able to be detected by someone on-board or by other ships in the vicinity. ShipLoc is

contained in a small, discrete waterproof unit, which includes: an Argos transmitter, a GPS

receiver, a battery pack in case of main power failure, and a flat antenna. ShipLoc is one of

the most reliable systems available today. For more information, please visit

SHIP LOCATION
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How is this different than SPOT?
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Don't know, what does 'Spot' do ? What does it cost ? 'Shiploc' is marketed with Ships in mind.
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Don't know, what does 'Spot' do ? What does it cost ? 'Shiploc' is marketed with Ships in mind.
SPOT is a mini-EPIRB type device that has some additonal features, like text messaging (though quite limited), and was desigend primarily for hikers, and people who like to get outdoors (primarily on land). You can check it out at http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=101

I still prefer our EPIRB for rescue, if necessary, but SPOT is a nice little inexpensive toy to have around...I bought a couple for backpacking trips a couple of years ago...just for fun...
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I know a good number of cruisers who use SPOT.

It's a little self-contained box that gives position reports (lat & long) at pre-set intervals. Also, it has some buttons that do interesting things.

With one setting, you push a button every so often (like, once a day), and it sends an e-mail to a pre-arranged address that you are ok. If you don't push the button, it will send an e-mail that you missed a "check-in".

With another setting, you push the "911" button. This sends an e-mail to the pre-arranged address that you are in need of help, and also contacts emergency services.

There are some other things that it can do, plus it's cheap (sometimes free, after a mail-in rebate) to buy and fairly cheap to subscribe to.

Check it out: http://www.findmespot.com/en/
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