News - February 18, 2019

Launch of Safehaven Marine's Thunder Child II

The  8 West Consulting SafeTrx team is excited to welcome the launch of Safehaven Marine’s Thunder Child II. The team at Safehaven Marine launched the 22-metre-long vessel in the water last weekend. Some epic images of Thunder Child II cutting through the water! Looking forward to watching the video of the launch soon! ​

Safehaven Marine is planning to set a new transatlantic record with Thunder Child II, from Canada to Ireland in the Summer of 2019. This will be one of the major maritime events of 2019 and it will be trackable online.​

8 West has a leadership role in new technologies for the project, collaborating with Dell, Microsoft and Navarino (a leading marine communications technology company).The software and equipment that the 8 West, Dell and Navarino team is putting on board the 22 metre long, four engine, 2600HP, 100kph, Thunder Child II vessel will allow it to stream live data from the middle of the Atlantic.​


News - January 24, 2019

Makai Paddlers Club in Australia is the latest SafeTrx Flotilla Event Customer

Makai Paddlers Club and 8 West Consulting, the developers of SafeTrx, are pleased to announce that the Makai Cup race in New South Wales on February 9th is using SafeTrx Flotilla Event. Event registration is now open at https://bit.ly/2AKZ7Vj

The Makai Cup is a true 22km big ocean downwind race and is not for the beginner! Ending in Ulladulla, the race attracts experienced paddlers to an open ocean route along a very isolated stretch of coast. Event safety on the water is paramount and the event organisers, the Makai Paddlers, have made the use of SafeTrx mandatory.

The organisers said “We at Makai Paddlers are excited to be having SafeTrx Flotilla as our tracking modality for the Makai Cup and our club Downwind paddles. We believe entrants of the Makai Cup can relax knowing that our tracking and safety features are world class.”

Learn more about SafeTrx Flotilla Event at http://www.safetrxapp.com/flotilla/


News - January 22, 2019

8 West Consulting and Safehaven Marine partner on Thunder Child II project

In 2017 the 8 West Consulting SafeTrx team was involved in the success of the Thunder Child project. Designed and built by Safehaven Marine in Youghal, Ireland, Thunder Child set the speed and time record for the Round Ireland and Rockall voyage. Our involvement in Thunder Child went beyond using the SafeTrx mobile tracking technology on the vessel. We used it to test IoT devices as a testbed for new SafeTrx products.

Now Safehaven Marine is back with Thunder Child II, and the team is planning to set a new transatlantic world record, travelling 4,500 kilometres from Canada to Ireland in the summer of 2019. This will be one of the major maritime events of 2019 and it will be trackable online.

8 West has a leadership role in new technologies for the project, collaborating with Dell, Microsoft and Navarino (a leading marine communications technology company). The software and equipment that the 8 West, Dell and Navarino team is putting on board the 22 metre long, four engine, 2600HP, 100kph, Thunder Child II vessel will allow it to stream live data from the middle of the Atlantic.

Members of the SafeTrx team recently visited Safehaven Marine to plan for equipment installation for sea trails. We look forward to heavy weather conditions off Cork harbour for testing.