The Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) have paired up to buy a region's first next-generation satellite-aided search and rescue (SAR) system that will speed up the location of vessels in distress.
France's Orolia Group owned subsidiary McMurdo Group Techno Sciences has won the €13 million (A$18.3 million), ten year deal [PDF].
The contract is as part of AMSA's cooperation with its equivalent agency across the Tasman, Maritime New Zealand, and the Kiwis will chip in A$11.3 million for a ground station and operational costs.
The project involves the construction of six-aerial medium altitude orbit search and rescue (MEOSAR) facilities at Mingenew north of Perth, WA, and between Taupo and Rotorua in New Zealand.
A mission control centre is scheduled to be built in Canberra and the system will be operational in 2016, making the detection and identification of emergency distress beacons nearly instantaneous.
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