Man-overboard protection continues during COVID-19 crisis

Man-Overboard incidents continue, so we are continuing operations

We hope that you and your teams are healthy and safe.

On March 22, 2020, Washington Governor Insley issued Proclamation 20-25 requiring Washitonians to stay at home, closing specified retail businesses, and requiring social distancing measures and other restrictions. We want to let you know that Emerald Marine Products is not included in the list of businesses prohibited from operating.

Emerald Marine Products’ diverse customer base in marine transportation, commercial fishing, water rescue personnel, and terminal services qualifies us as an Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. The Man-Overboard Alerting devices we provide to our customers are critical for maintaining the continuity of safety products to Critical Infrastructure Sectors as defined by Homeland Security and CISA.

Now might be a good time to inspect your ALERT Transmitters

Occasionally we receive ALERT Transmitters to inspect and repair. We are pleased to see well-worn transmitters. It shows that they are being used in heavy industrial applications protecting employees. It also shows the reliability of our man-overboard transmitters, as some of these transmitters are in their fifth or sixth or even longer year of service.

If your company is experiencing a slow-down due to the Coronavirus, or weather, this might be a great time to inspect your ALERT Man-Overboard Alerting products to make sure they are functioning properly. For testing procedures and other important videos on maintaining your ALERT products, click here.

This may also be a good time to make sure the batteries in the unit are at the voltage they should be. For ALERT2 Transmitters make sure the unit has 3.6-volt lithium batteries. Never put 1.5-volt Alkaline batteries in the unit. The alkaline batteries may produce enough power to provide a positive test of the unit but do not provide the needed voltage for transmission strength and longevity. For proper placement of batteries for ALERT2 Transmitters, click here.

Do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions and to communicate any impacts this situation may be having on your operations.

Coronavirus and Emerald Marine Products

The maritime industry is grappling with safety issues never imagined a few months ago. We are already witnessing the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on world trade, international travel, and our economy. Emerald Marine Products, like all of our industry partners, take the impact of Coronavirus very seriously. As a manufacturer of man-overboard alerting devices, we are ensuring that our manufacturing supply chain and distribution are operating in accordance with the CDC. More than ever, as crews are limited and people are social distancing, we need to ensure that every person working near or on the water is protected in the event of a fall overboard.

Emerald Marine Products is working with our suppliers and testing stations to ensure all products are sanitized. Our preferred shipping vendor, United Parcel Service (UPS) had also written of their continued efforts to make sure products shipped through their service are compliant with procedures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. You can view UPS response here: click here.

Emerald Marine Products is aware that the current situation of the Coronavirus has the full attention of a company’s Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) department. We recognize the main concern of these departments is keeping employees healthy and having evacuation procedures in place in the event a crew member becomes sick on a vessel. We would like to recommend a variety of resources to support your organizations:

For the most up-to-date information regarding Coronavirus and the maritime industry, we suggest visiting the American Waterways Operators (AWO) Coronavirus (COVID-19) website:

Another great source for HSE Departments is Fusion Technology’s Pandemic Plan Template which steps through the various stages and processes to monitor and have in place procedures to protect your employees:

In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, Emerald Marine Products wants to assure our current customers and other companies doing more with less, that we are staffed and supplied to support your man-overboard alerting needs quickly and efficiently. At this time of social distancing and less staff, We urge you to ensure your employees are protected in the event of a fall overboard. Emerald Marine Products is committed to working as quickly as possible to find solutions for your crew members and shore side workers to be protected and safe.  Setup and procedures for our ALERT Man-Overboard Alarm System are quick and easy. We are available to assist with any questions you might have about our fall overboard alerting devices, training dummies and MOB retrieval products. Further information on our life-saving products can be found at

As the Coronavirus impact changes daily, we are all working to mitigate the further spread of this virus, protecting our employees and our way of doing business. The Maritime industry is vital to the health of our country and international trade. We are proud of the hard work maritime companies, and their most valuable asset, their employees are accomplishing to keep our economy strong during these unsettled times. We at Emerald Marine Products are grateful for the industry’s efforts and hope to be of continued service protecting employees from fall overboard fatalities through this crisis and for years to come. Plan, protect, stay safe.