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McMurdo Ltd has announced today that its Smartfind GMDSS NAVTEX has received EC MED Wheelmark type approval, in accordance with IMO SOLAS regulations. The MED Certificate of Type Approval, paves the way for the latest generation Smartfind GMDSS NAVTEX to be sold throughout the member states of the European Union.

The Smartfind GMDSS NAVTEX, which was launched just last month by McMurdo Ltd,  boasts a host of new simple-to-operate features making it easier than ever to view maritime safety information.  McMurdo’s unique ESM® feature, (Enhanced Signal Monitoring), provides extra-reliable message recovery and greatly reduces message text errors.

“Being granted Wheelmark Type Approval stamps the Smartfind NAVTEX with the official seal of approval to the quality and functionality of this advanced new product,” comments McMurdo Ltd CEO Jeremy Harrison.  “The Smartfind NAVTEX is the latest in a range of McMurdo products which have been recognised in this way, in accordance with international regulations.”

About the Smartfind GMDSS NAVTEX

The SMARTFIND GMDSS NAVTEX automatically delivers valuable maritime safety information in bright colour-delineated text on a large 6 inch screen. Three parallel digital receivers simultaneously provide tri-channel monitoring of the international 518 KHz English language service, 490 KHz national language and the 4209.5 KHz long range NAVTEX services.

Easy to read in all light conditions the large daylight viewable 4-colour LCD screen has an adjustable backlight and three user selectable font sizes, medium, large or extra large for ease of use. Different message categories are coloured keyed according to the NAVTEX message type, Navigation Warning, Meteorological forecast or urgent search and rescue message making each message type instantly recognisable at a glance.

NAVTEX messages can be quickly reviewed in a short message listing and then opened in full to read the complete message text. Powerful automatic sorting features allow messages to be viewed pre-sorted by reception channel, station ID, message category type or age.  A quick index message listing page is provided, one for each channel that enables the user to quickly locate new or unread messages and messages that have been locked to prevent automatic deletion after 72 hours.

The McMurdo SMARTFIND GMDSS NAVTEX supports interface connection to Integrated Navigation System (INS) or electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) and the connection of a separate hard copy printer.  A wide range of antenna options include a heavy duty professional two band active antenna that is optimised to provide high quality reception of all recognised NAVTEX channels.

The McMurdo SMARTFIND GMDSS NAVTEX has a RRP (UK) £814.78