McMurdo S5 AIS Sart Manual
Smartfind S5
User Manual
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Safety notices
WARNING: An AIS SART is an emergency radio beacon.
Operate only in situations of imminent danger to life.
CAUTION: False alerts endanger lives and cause disruption to Search and
Rescue services. Deliberate misuse of the AIS SART could result in penalty.
CAUTION: If the anti-tamper tab is broken, the SART is not compliant with
SOLAS regulations and must be repaired or replaced.
CAUTION: Do not dismantle the AIS SART, it contains no user-serviceable
CAUTION: Contains lithium batteries. Do not incinerate, puncture, deform,
short-circuit or recharge.
CAUTION: Dispose of a used AIS SART in accordance with local waste
disposal regulations. Refer to End of Life Statement.
CAUTION: Avoid using chemical solvents to clean the AIS SART as some
solvents can damage the case material.
CAUTION: An AIS SART is a radio transmitter. Some administrations may
require that the user holds a valid radio licence to cover its ownership and use.
Radio Frequency Exposure Warning
WARNING: The AIS SART emits low levels of radio frequency radiation; avoid
handling the upper section antenna zone when activated.
Ownership details
Vessel Name:
Owner details:
Unique ID;
The information and illustrations contained in this publication are to the best of our knowledge correct at the time
of going to print. We reserve the right to change specifications, equipment, installation and maintenance
instructions without notice as part of our policy of continuous product development and improvement. No part of
this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form, electronic or
otherwise without permission in writing from Orolia Ltd. No liability can be accepted for any inaccuracies or
omissions in the publication, although every care has been taken to make it as complete and accurate as
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The AIS SART is a locating radio beacon for use only in emergency situations. False
alerts endanger lives; help prevent them by understanding how to look after and
correctly operate the AIS SART.
Thank you for purchasing the AIS SART ‘search and rescue locating device’. The AIS SART
is designed to assist in survivor craft location during search and rescue operations.
The AIS SART is primarily intended for fitment by SOLAS vessels under carriage
requirement rules. SOLAS fitting rules differ depending on type and size of vessel and liferaft.
In general, at least one search and rescue locating device is carried on each side of every
passenger and cargo ship over 500 gross tons. Smaller SOLAS classified vessels are
required to carry at least one search and rescue locating device.
The AIS-SART is a portable device and should be stowed on board in a location where it can
be easily and rapidly placed in any liferaft.
Product registration
Each AIS SART carries a unique serial number printed on the label on the orange body.
It is recommended that a record of the AIS SARTs’ unique identifier number should be kept
by the vessels management organisation.
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An AIS SART is a “one-shot” device. Once
activated it will transmit emergency alerts
for at
least 96 hours.
The key components of the AIS SART:
1. Hanger eye
Lanyard cord attachment point.
2. Antenna
Contained within top section.
3. Test button
Self-test verifies the readiness of the AIS
4. Red LED
Indicates the operating status.
5. Activation Button
Break off the anti-tamper tab to gain access
to the ON button
6. GPS Zone
Do not obstruct
7. Metal strap
Flexible retaining link to mounting pole
8. Mounting Pole:
Telescopic pole sections. Fit AIS SART
body into mounting pole socket. Remove
rubber cover and extend pole sections as
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AIS SART pictured left is ready for deployment with the
mounting pole fully extended.
The activated AIS SART should be positioned upright and
with a clear view of the sky.
Do not obstruct the GPS zone marked on the side.
The AIS SART should be manually erected when the liferaft
is deployed.
The antenna datum marked on the pole section should be
positioned at least one metre above sea level when the AIS
SART is deployed.
TEST button First Function:
Self test verifies the
readiness of the AIS SART.
Second function:
Press and hold the TEST
button to turn the unit OFF
ON button
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Indicates the operating
To activate the AIS SART:
Press the ON button until the
Red LED starts to flash.
Deployment procedure
Lift stowage case off the wall mounting bracket.
Carry to liferaft using the strap provided.
Open case and remove the AIS SART.
Fold the pole down and insert the AIS SART into the top of the pole.
Remove the rubber end cover from the pole and release pole sections.
Twist the sections to lock them in fully extended position.
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Activation procedure
1. Break-off the protective
anti-tamper tab to gain
access to the ‘ON’ button
2. Press the ‘ON’ button
3. The Red LED indicator
light will start to flash every
few seconds
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Red LED indication (AIS SART ON)
1 flash every 3.5 seconds
The first AIS transmission is made after 50 seconds. This short delay allows time to switch off
the AIS SART, if activated in error.
4. GPS position fix indication
GPS good
A good GPS position fix is indicated by the Red LED signalling a long flash every minute.
De-activation of the AIS SART
Should the AIS SART be activated by mistake or if the emergency ends; then the AIS SART
can be switched OFF by depressing the TEST button for 2 seconds, the Red LED will go out.
After activation the AIS SART requires replacement of the anti-tamper tab and will need a
new battery. Refer to service section for further details.
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Deployment guidelines
The AIS SART will work best when the top section has an unobstructed view of the sky. Do
your best to maximise the sky view. The antenna datum marked on the pole section should
be positioned at least one metre above sea level when the AIS SART is deployed.
Tie the securing lanyard to the liferaft to avoid loss of the AIS SART. Activate and then
deploy the AIS SART.
Mounting outside a canopy liferaft.
Remove the rubber cover from the bottom of the mounting pole and allow the pole sections to
drop. Lock each section together by twisting each section.
Release the lanyard spool and tether the free end of the lanyard to a secure fixing point
within the liferaft. Please see the diagram below.
Insert the AIS SART through the SART deployment port in the liferaft canopy. Position the
bottom of the support pole within the locating pocket. Secure the pole to the canopy support.
Depending on the type of liferaft, the mounting pole can also be located on the outboard side
of the liferaft at the doorway entrance on the boarding ramp side. The AIS SART is mounted
in the same way except the pole is secured to the buoyancy support.
Mounting inside a canopy liferaft.
The SART should be switched ON and suspended at highest point of the liferaft by its top
loop using the lanyard provided. It is not necessary to fully extend the pole sections.
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Self-test of the AIS SART
Self test button
Press and hold for 2 seconds to start the
self-test routine.
RED LED indicates self test in progress.
It is recommended to self-test the AIS SART annually; more frequent self-testing can put
unnecessary drain on the battery. When self-testing, a specially coded AIS test transmission
is sent that will be visible to all AIS users in the locality. As a successful self-test result is
dependant on a valid GPS acquisition; testing must be carried out in the open and under an
unobstructed sky.
Self test procedure
Remove the AIS SART from its stowage case and assemble the top section onto the
mounting pole. It is not necessary to fully extend the mounting pole. Take the AIS SART
outside and hold it aloft under a clear view of the sky; this will then maximise the speed of
the GPS position fix. Proceed as follows:1.
Push and hold the TEST button down until the red LED starts to flash.
The red LED will flash quickly indicating that the self test routine is in progress.
The maximum self-test duration is five minutes (typically 1min)
A successful self-test will result in the red LED signalling 3 long flashes.
Once the self-test has completed the AIS SART will switch off automatically.
If at the end of the Self-Test routine 3 long flashes are not present from the red LED, the AIS
SART has failed the test. In this unlikely event, it is recommended to further improve the sky
view and to repeat the self-test procedure.
Self test verification by ships AIS equipment
As part of the self test routine, the AIS SART will make a series of live test transmissions.
These transmissions can be received by AIS equipped vessels in the local vicinity. The test
message includes the AIS SART’s unique 9 digit ID number, position in latitude and longitude
and is identified on the receiving AIS equipment as a ”SART TEST”.
Unnecessary self testing of the AIS SART can reduce the overall run time available in an
emergency. Each self test draws a small amount of energy from the battery. If the AIS SART
has been activated for a cumulative period in excess of 6 hours (self-test and operation), then
the battery must be replaced to ensure that in an emergency it will still operate for a minimum
of 96 hours at -20 pC as required by International Regulations.
An AIS SART that fails self-test should be immediately removed from service; refer to the
maintenance section for further information.
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Refitting into the bulkhead bracket
Fit the AIS SART and accessories inside the stowage case
and close the cover and lid.
Align stowage case over bracket hooks and drop into
place. Secure the strap handle around the base of the bag.
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Bulkhead bracket installation
The AIS SART portable stowage case should be located where it will not hinder day-to-day
operations. Choose a protected location away from the extreme effects of the weather and
protected from powerful vessel wash down hoses. Where possible, position the AIS SART
adjacent to the ship’s bridge wing exits ready for easy access in an emergency.
The AIS-SART portable stowage case fits over the permanently installed bulkhead bracket.
Allow a minimum of 250mm clear space above the highest point of the mounting bracket to
allow the bag to be stowed and removed from the bracket.
250mm access
space above
Mounting procedure
The bulkhead bracket is designed to mount on a flat surface using three fixing points. Fix the
mounting bracket in place using the three stainless steel screws (25mm in length) provided.
Or use stainless steel bolts with locking nuts or shake proof washers.
Check that the rear side of the mounting surface is clear and that the fixing screws will not
penetrate equipment fitted on this surface. Offer the bracket into the chosen position and
mark through the mounting slots using the bracket as a template.
Drop the AIS SART stowage case over the bracket. Push the bag firmly into place.
Stowage options
The stowage case provides additional protection for the AIS SART if you intend to keep it in a
carry off ‘safety ditch bag‘ or when transporting it from place to place.
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Dealing with a transmitting AIS SART
In the unlikely event that the AIS SART develops a fault and will not turn off, transmissions
can be prevented by removing the lower battery section. To do this, undo the three fixing
screws located around the main body. Release the battery pack and unplug the flying battery
connector(s). Note: with the battery pack removed the AIS SART (and battery pack) are not
waterproof and must not be allowed to get wet.
Refer to product safety warnings.
Routine maintenance
Self test the AIS SART annually. Check that the battery is in date and examine the outer
case and bracket for any signs of damage. If required, clean the outer case with fresh water,
wipe dry and examine the AIS SART and bracket for any damage.
CAUTION: Never use chemical solvents to clean the AIS SART or stowage case.
CAUTION: The battery may be run down and require replacement (see below).
After activation
The anti-tamper switch cover should be replaced by a service agent and the remaining
battery life checked (see below).
Battery replacement
The battery should be changed after five years in service.
The exact battery expiry date is marked on the label of the battery pack.
The battery must be replaced when:
The expiry date has been reached or
The AIS SART has been activated for more than 6 hours of use.
It is recommended that battery change should be performed by an authorised
Orolia Ltd service agent in order that a complete assessment and integrity check can
be performed. Keep the original packing material for reuse whenever the AIS SART is sent
for battery replacement or service.
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Spare parts
Battery kit
Anti tamper tab kit
Stowage case
Part number
Wall mounting kit
Pole kit
User Manual
Battery pack and sealing kit
Switch cover and sealing kit
Empty case with packing
Bracket and fixings
Coiled 10m lanyard
Pole with fitting parts
This document
Passenger Aircraft;
This product contains small lithium metal batteries. The AIS SART can normally be taken on
board a passenger aircraft as a personal item in carry-on hand baggage. We recommend
declaring the AIS SART to airline staff at check in, in the same way you would for a laptop
PC or video camera.
As air cargo;
This product contains small lithium metal batteries. Due to the overall low level of lithium
content the AIS SART may be classed as ‘not restricted’ for air cargo when handled
according to requirement PI 970 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (51st Edition).
Always check with the carrier concerned for any additional shipment restrictions that may
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Part Number: 92-001-001A S5 AIS SART retail pack
Manual activation switch
Power output
AIS message type
Non float free
Protected by anti tamper cover.
Checks transmitter, battery,
GPS and indicators.
AIS1, 161.975 MHz
AIS2, 162.025 MHz
1, 14
Integrated vertical element
Operating life
Lithium metal
96 hours minimum
6 years
20 channel
Operating temperature
Storage temperature
Exterior Finish
Compass safe distance
-20 pC to +55 pC
-30 pC to +70 pC
Immersion to 10m
Highly visible orange
Weight (main unit )
Weight, (including pole)
160 grams
450 grams
Self test
AIS Transmitter
Operating frequency
Size (main unit pole folded)
H330 x W85 (mm)
Overall length including pole
155 cm
fully extended
10 m, 50Kg breaking strain
Stowage case (packed)
Bulkhead bracket
940g H390 x D80 x W150 (mm)
Standards applied
IEC 61097 -14, IEC 60945
ITU – R M.1371
IEC 61108-1
EC Declaration of Conformity
A copy of the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) Declaration Of Conformity can be obtained
on line from:
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Stowage case
AIS-SART before deployment
End of Life Statement
At the end of the products useful life, it is vital that the battery is removed from the main body
of the AIS SART to prevent false alerts. False alerts cause expensive disruption to Search
and Rescue services and may endanger lives as a consequence.
Safe disposal
Contains traces of lithium. May contain traces of lead and brominated flame
retardants (BFRs), both in the housing material and circuit boards.
Orolia Ltd strongly recommends that this product is disposed of in a sensible and considerate
manner. For example, do not simply discard the product in the domestic waste. Instead take
it to a civil recycling facility, or contact Orolia Ltd for further advice.
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Warranty Statement
Subject to the provisions set out below. Orolia Ltd warrants that this product will be free of
defects in materials and workmanship for a period of two years from the date of purchase.
Orolia Ltd will not be liable to the buyer under the above warranty:i
for any defect arising from fair wear and tear, wilful damage, negligence, abnormal
working conditions. Failure to follow Orolia Ltd’s instructions (whether oral or in writing)
including a failure to install properly and/or to use batteries recommended and/or supplied
by Orolia Ltd. Misuse or alterations or repair of the product by persons other than Orolia
Ltd or an Approved Service Agent;
for parts, materials or equipment not manufactured by Orolia Ltd in respect of which the
buyer shall only be entitled to the benefit of any warranty or guarantee given by the
manufacturer to Orolia Ltd;
for the battery storage life which is specifically excluded from this warranty;
if the total price for the product has not been paid.
Orolia Ltd will not be liable for indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages of any
kind sustained from any cause. In no event shall Orolia Ltd be liable for any breach of
warranty or other claim in an amount exceeding the purchase price of the product. This
warranty does not affect any statutory rights of the consumer.
In order to be valid, claims must be made under the above warranty in writing as soon as
practicable after discovery of the defect or failure and within the warranty period referred to
above. Proof of purchase will be required. The claim should be sent together with the product
in question to the address set out below or to an Approved Service Agent.
Following a valid warranty claim Orolia Ltd shall be entitled to repair or replace the product
(or part) in question free of charge, or at Orolia Ltd’s sole discretion to refund to the buyer the
price of the product (or a proportional part of the price). Orolia Ltd shall not be liable to a
buyer who is not a consumer for any other loss or damage (whether indirect, special or
consequential loss of profit or otherwise) costs, expenses or other claims for compensation
which arise out of or in connection with this product. In the case of a consumer Orolia Ltd
shall only be liable where other loss or damage is foreseeable.
Nothing shall limit Orolia Ltd’s liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence.
This warranty is to be interpreted under English law.
All enquiries relating to this warranty or Approved Service Agents should be sent to:
Orolia Ltd, Silver Point, Airport Service Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire,
Telephone: Int + 44 (0) 23 9262 3900
Fax: Int + 44 (0) 23 9262 3998
Email: [email protected]
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Orolia Ltd
Silver Point
Airport Service Road
Portsmouth PO3 5PB
United Kingdom
+44 (0)23 9262 3900
+44 (0)23 9262 3998
[email protected]
An Orolia Group Business
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