News - June 27, 2019

The Danish Maritime Authority joins the SafeTrx community

8 West Consulting, the company behind the SafeTrx vessel registration, tracking and alerting application, today announced the availability of SafeTrx in Denmark. The Danish Maritime Authority is implementing SafeTrx and will be promoting it as part of their ‘Safe Sailing’(Sejl Sikkert) campaign. The Danish Maritime Authority is the Danish Government agency that regulates maritime affairs and now joins a growing list of global maritime organisations using SafeTrx.

Jan Thorn, Director for Safety of Navigation, National Waters said ”The Danish Maritime Authority looks forward to the implementation of SafeTrx in Denmark. SafeTrx fits well with our ‘Safe Sailing’ campaign, which we carry out in collaboration with the Danish non-profit foundation TrygFonden. I am convinced that SafeTrx will provide a solid contribution to raising the safety of the large group of surfers, rowers, fishermen and sailors in smaller vessels in Danish waters.”

The Royal Danish Navy National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC), based in the Karup military base, is the coordinating organisation in Denmark for Search and Rescue (SAR) within the Danish SAR Region and will operate the SafeTrx platform. The Royal Danish Navy expect that SafeTrx will help them facilitate information gathering in the search phase and reduce the overall SAR response times as a result.

The app, which will be available in the Danish Apple App and Google Play stores as ‘SejlSikkert Alarm’, includes all the tried and tested SafeTrx vessel tracking and alerting features and functionalities. Available in both English and Danish, the app will be used to help drive the Danish Maritime Authority’s ‘Safe Sailing’ campaign in Denmark.

In 2018, SafeTrx assisted with 562 missions, a rapid growth in global usage of SafeTrx, with SafeTrx now running in Denmark it is hoped that SafeTrx will assist with future rescue missions and reduce the overall response times.

Announcing the Danish implementation, Lieutenant Commander Thomas Madsen of the Royal Danish Navy said “It is our hope that SafeTrx will give us the ability to more efficiently track and locate persons in distress. Once we receive an emergency call we need vital information to carry out the mission as fast as possible. SafeTrx will give us access to details of the persons in distress, so that we can respond quickly with the right resources.” John Murphy, CEO of 8 West Consulting added, “We welcome Denmark and the Danish Maritime Authority as a new customer and are delighted to be working with both the Danish Maritime Authority and the Royal Danish Navy to promote safety at sea for all water sport users. Denmark joins the growing SafeTrx community and we look forward to working with both organisations on carrying out the mission of taking the search out of search and rescue.”

About SafeTrx:

SafeTrx is a suite of integrated smart maritime technologies, designed to take the search out of Search and Rescue. SafeTrx Mariner is the world’s leading registration, tracking and alerting solution for non-GMDSS vessels. The SafeTrx Mariner app creates a direct connection between the user out at sea, the Coast Guard or other marine search and rescue agencies, and with family and friends, all from one easy to use mobile interface.

Tried and tested in the real world of marine rescue, SafeTrx is used by Search and Rescue authorities in, Spain Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima (SASEMAR), Denmark The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA), The Netherlands the Koninklijke Nederlandse Redding Maatschappij (KNRM), Norway Redningsselskapet (RS), Germany the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger (DGzRS), Finland the Finnish Lifeboat Institution (FLBI), Dubai the Dubai Police, Sweden the Sjöräddningssällskapet (SSRS), South Africa the National Sea Rescue Institution (NSRI), Australia the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard (AVCG) and Marine Rescue Queensland (MRQ), the UK the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Ireland the Irish Sailing Association (ISA).

About the Danish Maritime Authority:

The Danish Maritime Authority is working for safety at sea, quality shipping and growth in the maritime industries in Denmark. The Danish Maritime Authority carries out a large number of tasks in the area of buoyage and regulation of areas that are essential for maintaining a high level of safety. The Secretariat for the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board is located at the Danish Maritime Authority.