Emerald Marine Products Blog

Emerald Marine Products’ blog is full of important and relevant information regarding man-overboard recovery, man-overboard alert systems, water rescue training dummies, and more. From our ALERT system and OSCAR water rescue training dummies to our other marine products, learn everything you need to know about our man-overboard recovery products and more. You’ll also find blog posts that describe how weather impacts man-overboard situations and rescue operations, that detail the release information for new Emerald Marine products, and that discuss the benefits of the OSCAR Water Rescue Training Dummy. Check back often to stay current with safety and training procedures—there’s always something new to learn! Or better yet, subscribe to our periodic email newsletter that presents current marine safety industry information and product updates that highlight man-overboard alerting, training and retrieval procedures.

Water Rescue, Retrieval, Recovery

Many times the words “rescue”, “retrieval” and “recovery” are used synonymous with each other when describing the action of bringing a fall overboard victim back to the boat commonly referred to as man overboard training. However, depending on who is bringing the fall overboard victim back to the boat and the condition of that fall overboard victim, the words “Rescue”, “Retrieval”, “Recovery” take on different meaning.

At Emerald Marine Products we actually take these words very seriously and have developed a water rescue dummy specific to the needs of the training operation, sometimes referred to as “Oscar Training’.

The word “Retrieval”…


OSCAR – Not just a Water Rescue Training Dummy

Thanks to the Schmale Lab at Virginia Tech sharing this video of our OSCAR – Water Rescue Training Dummy being used for their experiments.
Our portable oscar mannequin is primarily used for man overboard training or practicing swift water rescue techniques, but the Schmale Lab gave new meaning to our water rescue dummy as part of a highly intelligent program to monitor tracking agents in water to aid in research on hazardous spills and search and rescue.
We’re proud that our “Marine Man” as part of our overboard products, can be part of research…


ALERT418 Man-Overboard Alarm System Introduction Video Now Available

Curious about our two ALERT Man-Overboard Alarm Systems? This new video provides information about the ALERT2 and ALERT418 systems. Their similarities and the improvements made with the new ALERT418 system.


Time to Think about MOB Retrieval Training

Even though snow and ice is covering a good portion of North America, soon the ice will thaw and rivers will rise due to melting snow and ice. Spring is a great time to think about Man-Overboard drills and rescue operations using a dummy that will provide a realistic “victim” without placing any of your employees in harms way.

“We are seeing a lot of tugboat, towboat, and barge companies purchase the OSCAR Water Rescue Training Dummy as part of…


Zhen Hua 28 transports four super-post Panamax cranes.

Super-Post Panamax Cranes visit EMP

A beautiful sight today as The 761-foot-long heavy-lift ship Zhen Hua 28 transports the first four of Tacoma’s eight new super-post-Panamax cranes and passed Emerald Marine Products along the way. For more information about the cranes visit; https://www.maritimeprofessional.com/news/tacoma-giant-container-cranes-arrive-314190


Watch Commander product

Looking for the Watch Commander?

Watch Commander was a product produced by Emerald Marine Products in the late 1990’s. Dedicated to maritime safety, EMP made a product that helped solo sailors keep alert while on watch. Here is a short description of the product…

“Checking the horizon frequently is important.  On an offshore passage, it is easy to forget or get distracted.  The Watch Commander won’t let you. Connect to the ships batteries, select your desired time interval and it is on duty for the entire passage.  There is…


Good News about OSCAR!

Now available for special order is a high visibility Orange version of our popular OSCAR – Water Rescue Training Dummy(TM). Please specify the Orange version when ordering. Buy now as OSCAR – Water Rescue Training Dummy price increases to $749 on February 1, 2018.


R/V Thompson off coast from Emerald Marine Products

R/V Thomas G. Thompson pays a visit to Emerald Marine Products

Can you imagine our surprise today as we were testing an ALERT2 Receiver bound for the R/V Thomas G. Thompson (currently in midlife overhaul) when we saw the R/V Thomas G. Thompson from our building. The Thompson is currently undergoing sea trials in Puget Sound. It was a great feeling knowing the product we were testing for use as their Man-Overboard Alarm System was just a mile from our facilities.


Man-Overboard alert on Rosepoint Softwware.

COLD WEATHER COMPOUNDS MAN-OVERBOARD SITUATION

Whether on deck or shoreside, frigid weather is fatiguing and increases the chance of falling, especially when restrictive clothing that hinders normal balance is worn. If someone goes overboard, the situation is compounded by cold water shock. Emerald Marine Products’ ALERT Man-Overboard System is a simple, proven solution that instantly notifies those within the immediate area. It provides rescuers the extra seconds needed to keep the fall from becoming a fatality.
Water that’s only 60° is cold enough to generate muscle…


ALERT418 at WorkBoat Show!

Emerald Marine Products announces a significant advancement in MOB protection: the state-of-the-art ALERT418® Man-Overboard Receiver. Integrating fully with current and first-generation ALERT transmitters, it’s ideal for commercial applications such as workboats, gas and oil platforms, ports and marine terminals, and shoreside construction sites. The innovative device leverages the latest advancements in electronics technology, while maintaining its predecessor’s proven and enviable safety record.

When an ALERT transmitter is submerged, the ALERT418 receiver instantly flashes and sounds a piercing alarm in a wheelhouse or shoreside…