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Aids to Navigation GLA 2015 Review: Mariner Input Sought

Image courtesy of Trinity House

The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) will be undertaking a review of Aids to Navigation provision around the coasts of Ireland and Great Britain during 2014. The GLA consider good quality user input to be an essential component of this review.  Marine users of Aids to Navigation are invited to contribute to the review by commenting on: The usefulness and usability of existing aids to navigation provided by the GLAs Any proposed requirement for the provision of additional aids to navigation The mix of aids to navigation provided including lighthouses, buoys, beacons, Racons, AIS AtoN and Differential GPS The benefit to users of providing additional data from AtoN such as meteorological data The effectiveness of systems used to promulgate information relating to aids to navigation Any other aids to navigation related issues The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention requires the provision of “such aids to navigation as the volume of traffic justifies and the degree of risk requires”. The 2015 review will consider all AtoN provided by the GLA on the coasts of Ireland and Great Britain both individually and as AtoN systems. It will be published in 2015 and will inform the GLAs’ work plans for the following 5 year period. The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) consist of Trinity House (England & Wales), Northern Lighthouse Board (Scotland) and the Commissioners of Irish Lights (Ireland)


Aid to Navigation above Arctic Circle

Photo courtesy USCG

Four Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak personnel completed a build of the 15-ft Coast Guard aid to navigation tower four miles south of Point Hope August 2, which is the only permanent Coast Guard aid to navigation tower north of the Arctic Circle. In January 2009, a waterways analysis and management review was conducted on the North Slope.  The WAMS identified local interest to enhance safety for the subsistence users and value to maritime traffic in the area


Digital Tech Boosts Shanghai's Navigation System

According to reports, the International Marine Aids to Navigation Exhibition opened yesterday in Shanghai. Automatic Identification System (AIS) response, one of the most advanced digital aids to navigation, was launched to help build an expressway for ships to sail faster and safer to port. Aids to navigation, termed the ears and eyes of ships, help sailors to know their position at sea. Shanghai port built its first aid to navigation, the Sheshan Mountain lighthouse, in 1871


Northwest Cutter Takes First at Buoy Tender Roundup

The Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell, a 100-ft. Inland Buoy Tender homeported in Portland, Ore., has won the Golden Swivel Award at this year's West Coast Aids to Navigation Conference May 15 though Friday. Also known as the Buoy Tender Roundup, the conference hosts all Coast Guard aids to navigation cutters and aids to navigation teams from the West Coast and alternates between California and the Pacific Northwest. This year's conference was located in Everett, Wash


USCG Waterways Analysis Meeting for South Louisiana

The Coast Guard will host a public meeting on Aug. 6 at the Greater La Fourche Port Commission office in Galliano, La., at 6 p.m. regarding a Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of district waterways. Chief Petty Officer Randy Ryan, officer in charge of Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Dulac, La., will conduct a WAMS review of Bayou La Fourche, Belle Pass, Southwest Louisiana Canal, and Caminada Bay


Annual Great Lakes & Seaway Aids to Navigation Retrieval Starts

The Ninth Coast Guard District begins its annual retrieval of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway System seasonal aids to navigation before ice forms. In a massive task Operation Fall Retrieve, which includes lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons has begun, with a goal of retrieving 1,282 navigational aids, and should be completed by Dec. 28, 2012. The aids, approximately half in the region, are taken out of service during the winter months due to decreased vessel traffic and


USCG Conducts Study of Willapa Bay

The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study of Willapa Bay,Wash.The purpose of the WAMS is to validate the adequacy of the existing aids to navigation (ATON) system. WAMS focuses on the waterway’s present ATON system, marine casualty information, port/harbor resources, changes in marine vessel usage (both recreational and commercial), and future development projects. All comments are welcome until March 1, 2003


Cutter to Return to Mobile

The Coast Guard Cutter Cypress is scheduled to return to Coast Guard Base Mobile, Ala., Thursday at about 1 p.m. The crew of Cypress deployed to Haiti Feb. 26 in support of Operation Able Sentry, the U.S. government's response to increased migration from Haiti, following Haiti's domestic unrest. While deployed, the crew took part in a variety of missions, including: alien migrant interdiction; law enforcement; aids to navigation; assisting the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team


Photo: CG Patrols the Super Bowl

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Crewmembers from Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team St. Petersburg, Fla., patrol a security zone in the Garrison Channel near the Tampa Convention Center Jan. 29. Crews from more than 10 federal and local law-enforcement agencies patrolled the security zone to ensure safety for the Super Bowl XLIII. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/PA3 Rob Simpson)


Open Ship a Success

Danish Maritime Authority’s vessel Poul Løwenørn

  Amaliekajen was buzzing with life during Culture Night, when the Danish Maritime Authority’s vessel Poul Løwenørn lowered the gangway and invited everyone interested on board. Many interested visitors turned up to see the Danish Maritime Authority’s inspection vessel Poul Løwenørn on Culture Night, 10 October, when open ship was held as a part of Danish Maritime Days. Here


AIS Marks Hazardous Reefs Following Oil Spills

Image: Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine has been awarded the contract to provide Virtual Automatic Identification System (AIS) Beacons to mark seven reefs hazardous to shipping in the Bay of Plenty, as well as provide a coastal monitoring capability. The beacons will alert ships’ crews and the local


Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board Gets A New Head

Jan Thorn

  From 1 February 2015 a new chairman will head the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board. The new incumbent is Jan Thorn, who is in his everyday work Director of the Danish Maritime Authority’s division “Aids to Navigation” that is striving to enhance safety at sea for


Abu Dhabi Ports’ Training Centre Reports Successful 2014

Photo courtesy of the Abu Dhabi Ports’ Maritime Training Centre

Abu Dhabi Ports’ Maritime Training Centre looked back on what it called a successful year, noting a number “success stories” throughout 2014 as the number of trainees at the center increased by 15% in 2014 compared to 2013.  


USCG Free Boat from Ice Near Woods Hole

A Coast Guard aids to navigation team from Woods Hole, Mass., assists the fishing boat Capt. RM Chase in Woods Hole on Feb. 28, 2015. The fishing boat became lodged in ice on their way back to New Bedford, Mass., from a fishing trip. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Aids to Navigation Team Woods Hole)

  A Coast Guard crew responded to a fishing vessel trapped in ice in Woods Hole Passage, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Saturday. At about 3 p.m., the crew of the fishing boat Capt. RM Chase notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England that they became lodged in ice


USCG Rescues 4 after Vessel Hits Breakwall

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued four men after the 30-foot vessel they were aboard struck the breakwall on the north side of the Milwaukee Harbor entrance late Thursday evening. Just after 9:30 p.m., local time, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee received


USCG Recruit Training Improved by New Equipment

Coast Guard recruit company Juliet-190 become the first company to try the training centers new stationary bikes, Sept. 10, 2014. The bikes will replace the aging models and provide a safer and more intense workout for rec

  Recruits at U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May are now using a new stationary bike that is better aligned to support their training needs and requires less maintenance, which will increase the equipment's operational life span and save money.


Canada Ill-Placed to Ensure Safety of Arctic Shipping

Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand

Canada will have trouble ensuring marine safety in the Arctic as climate change melts the sea ice and shipping increases, Parliament's environmental watchdog said on Tuesday. Canada, said Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand, had "no long-term national vision" to cope with more


Donohoe Welcomes Ships’ Light Dues Arrangements

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe T.D., announced today that he has agreed arrangements with his U.K. counterpart, Minister John Hayes MP, for light dues paid by ships coming into ports in Ireland and the United Kingdom from April 2015


New Bahamas Northwest Chart Set Upgrade

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nv charts announces the release of its newly updated chart set for Region 9.1, Bahamas Northwest, including Bimini and Berry Islands, Nassau to Abaco, and Grand Bahama, for 2015/2016 in paper and digital format.   The chart set includes a CD of digital charts


Video: New Channel Established on Atchafalaya River

USCG photo

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helped establish Crewboat Cut as a new federal channel in the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Wednesday. The new waterway is intended to be safer for mariners, will shorten travel time and save millions of dollars in annual dredging costs.


Virtual AIS Beacons Employed in MH370 Search

Image courtesy of Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products and virtual Aids to Navigation (ATON), announced that its Virtual AIS Beacons are employed in the search for lost Malaysian airliner MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The international search team is a closely coordinated effort between


USCG Begins Northeast Icebreaking Season

USCG photo

The U.S. Coast Guard's (USCG) winter icebreaking season has officially kicked off in the Northeast, starting December 15 and running through March.    OP RENEW is the USCG's region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies


NZ Report: Human Error to Blame for Rena Grounding

Photo: maritime New Zealand

New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) published its final report into the grounding of containership Rena in October 2011. The TAIC’s investigation found that the grounding was a result of improper crew practices


UKHO Launches New H-Note App

Photo courtesy: UKHO

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has unveiled a new digital application that enables mariners to submit hydrographic data directly to the UKHO using their mobile device. The ADMIRALTY H-Note App is a free digital version of the UKHO’s Hydrographic Note and will allow important


Webb Institute Welcomes Assistant Professor, Daidola

Dr. John C. Daidola (Photo courtesy of Webb Institute)

John C. Daidola has joined Webb Institute as Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering.   Dr. Daidola is a structural engineer with over forty-years of experience. His early experience was as Design Engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company and as Chief Naval Architect






 
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