Confusion About Man Overboard Alerting Devices?
MSLD, EPIRBs, Personal Locator Beacons, are all search terms that define a device to alert of a person unintentionally in the water. Regardless of the term, our product if the most proven and defined Fall Overboard Alerting Product on the market.
There are about a dozen products on the market that are identified as fall-overboard locator beacon products. Two commonly used terms now used to market these devices are “Maritime Survivor Locating Devices (MSLD)” and a more recently introduced term, “Personal Man Overboard Beacons”. They are generally placed in five different categories:
1. Automatic Identification Systems (AIS)
2. VHF DSC frequency 156.525 (Channel 70)
3. 121.5 MHz distress channel
4. Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon ( EPIRBs) transmitting to the Cospas-Sarsat Satellite
5. Proximity transmission
In our article that goes into detail about these different type of alerting devices, we hope to clear up some of the confusion. To read the article, click here.