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FCC Denies AIS Petition

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a final rule denying the petition for reconsideration of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) equipment certification requirements for ship station equipment. The FCC concluded that there is no compelling justification for adopting domestic AIS equipment certification standards that diverge from international standards. Source: HK Law


Radio Holland Confirms Deal with Saab TransponderTech

At the Nor-Shipping exhibition held in Oslo in June, the the Radio Holland Group management signed a contract with Saab TransponderTech, for the distribution and service of the Saab R4 AIS system by all Radio Holland Group branches. The R4 AIS is manufactured by Saab TransponderTech AB and is is the fourth generation of Saab AIS. The R4 Class A Transponder System is type-approved with wheelmark and complies with all international standards for AIS ship systems


Leica Marine Wins Type Approval For AIS

Leica Marine GPS announced that the MX 420/8 DGPS/AIS system has been type approved by Bundesamt fur Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH). The German type approval signifies that the Leica product complies with the IMO MSC.74 (69), ITU-R M.1371-1 and IEC 61993-2 standards for shipborne automatic identification systems (AIS) equipment. The MX 420/8 was introduced by Leica last year as a fully integrated solution to marine DGPS and AIS requirements


AIS: Getting it Right from the Start

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology has received its fair share of critics up to present, mainly due to poor made installations and lack of training. The problems are currently taking the focus from the positive side where is has proven to be a most useful tool in enhancing safety and security. Lets start with going back and reminding ourselves the initial purpose with AIS as it was thought of when implemented by IMO in 1998 (IMO Performance Standard for AIS (MSC


Coast Guard Launches Nationwide AIS Satellite

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the launch of an ORBCOMM concept demonstration satellite, equipped with Automatic Identification System (AIS) capability, from . The satellite attained a proper orbit and is expected to start transmitting operational data within the next three months.  The U.S. Coast Guard Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) Project sponsored equipment on the satellite to test the feasibility and effectiveness of AIS message reception and reporting from


Leica Marine To Supply ID Systems For BP Tankers

Leica Marine GPS has received orders from Seacoast Electronics to supply automatic identification systems (AIS) for three new tankers under construction for British Petroleum at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in San Diego, California. Each of the vessels will be fitted with an integrated DGPS/AIS system meeting the International Maritime Organization (IMO) carriage requirements for shipboard AIS


Seaway Corporations Open Waterway to Mandatory AIS

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) opened the binational waterway’s 45th navigation season. This season marks the beginning of mandatory Automatic Identification System (AIS) use on commercial vessels entering waterway in North America to employ this technology as a requirement for transit.


Kelvin Hughes Announce Saab AIS Deal

Kelvin Hughes is now able to supply both Automatic Information Systems (AIS) and Voyage Data Recorders (VDR), as part of its fully compliant integrated bridge systems (IBS). Saab Transponder Tech, following an original equipment manufacture (OEM) agreement between Saab and Kelvin Hughes, will supply the AIS. AIS systems are being made compulsory as part of the changes to SOLAS V, which go into effect in July 2002. The systems are designed to work in tandem with a ship’s radar system to


AIS: Operator Feedback Analyzed

Seaways, the international journal of The Nautical Institute, reports this month that although most mariners seem generally satisfied with the operation of the new Automatic Identification System (AIS), current users have reported certain anomalies. The Institute’s Papers and Technical committee has now identified some key causes and recommendations. A common fault was that ships are transmitting inaccurate information such as incorrect heading (which may be due to poorly defined offset


Saab TransponderTech Delivers AIS System

Saab TransponderTech AB, being the first to have its AIS System type approved by BSH, recently reported the delivery of their 500th Transponder during 2002 to the marine market. This makes them by far the biggest supplier of AIS. At the same time, 500 AIS systems come into another light when taking into account the high pressure due to the time schedule of the implementation of AIS: With approximately 6,000 SOLAS vessels to be fitted out with AIS-systems during the next 10 months


Vesper Marine to Protect LIS Underwater Cables

Image: Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine announced that it has provided its virtual Automatic Identification System (AIS) to New York Power Authority (NYPA) to protect submerged power cables in Long Island Sound.   The WatchMate Asset Protection System is the first U.S


Ocean Signal, AMI Marine Partner

Photo: Ocean Signal

Communication and safety at sea specialist Ocean Signal and manufacturer of marine electronic equipment AMI Marine have formed a new partnership to collaborate on product development for the large commercial vessel sector. Combining the specialist knowledge and extensive technical background of


High Speed Solid State S-band Delivered for US Ferry

Photo: JRC

A Solid State S-band radar with 8-ft antenna and high speed rotation – reportedly the world’s first and smallest – has been installed by JRC for the high speed car/passenger ferry Lake Express. The 192-ft USCG-inspected Subchapter catamaran travels at a service speed of 34-knots


Bridges Refit on Two Holland America Line Ships

New Bridge on board of the M/S Oosterdam (Photo: Radio Holland)

Two major bridge refit contracts have been completed by Radio Holland USA on Holland America Line’s cruise ships Oosterdam and Prinsendam.   The bridge refit on board the M/S Oosterdam was concluded in Palermo, Sicily in early May


PGS, Radio Holland Expand Service Agreement

Ramform Tethys represents an enormously stable platform with outstanding seakeeping characteristics.(Photo: PGS)

Norwegian marine geophysical company PGS has extended its non-exclusive service agreement with Radio Holland for navigation and communication services onboard nine seismic vessels in its global fleet. Radio Holland is known in the maritime industry for its NavCom and Maintenance services through


Small Vessel Tracking Tested in South Africa

Photo: exactEarth

exactEarth Europe Limited, a UK subsidiary of exactEarth Ltd, a provider of Satellite AIS data services, recently concluded the main part of its ‘South Africa Safety Initiative for Small Vessels’ (OASIS) project – a small vessel tracking trial with the South African Maritime


US Navy Stealth Destroyer Showcases Furuno Technology

USS Zumwalt  (Photo: Furuno)

The U.S. Navy recently launched USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000), lead ship of the all-new Zumwalt-class of stealth destroyers. Named for Admiral Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt, this new vessel was developed under the US Navy’s DD-21 “21st Century Destroyer” program.  


Vesper Marine Updates WatchMate Vision

Image: Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products, announced a free upgrade for its flagship AIS Class B transponder, the WatchMate Vision, streamlining usability, while adding new safety features and enhancements to the user experience.  


AIS Regulations: New Responsibilities and Opportunities

(Photo: Stevens Towing Co., Inc.

March Coast Guard deadline represents milestone for AIS use in U.S. waters   From increasing situational awareness and enhancing the safety and security of maritime transportation, to its use in accident investigation, search and rescue, Aids to Navigation and asset monitoring


BigOceanData Provides VMS to Falkland Islands

Photo courtesy of BigOceanData

BigOceanData has been awarded a contract to provide the Government of the Falkland Islands with its vessel monitoring system (VMS) capability for another five years. For the first time the system will include AIS data, which will be integrated with existing Inmarsat tracking data from the


US Coast Guard Expands AIS Requirements

The U.S. Coast Guard has expanded Automatic Identification System (AIS) requirements to include additional commercial vessels.    The change, which applies to U.S.- and foreign-flagged vessels that are 300 gross tons or less, went into effect this month.  


Test Ride: Furuno's New 15X8 Series Radar

Bruce M. (Courtesy SDS Lumber Company)

Taking the Furuno 15X8 series radar out for a spin; Furuno’s newest entry has found a welcome place on inland waters.   Furuno’s newest radar is now on the market. The first workboat installation of the company’s FAR-15X8 series was completed in late February and


Vesper Updates XB-8000 AIS Transponder

Photo: Vesper Marine

Black-Box Class B AIS Transponder is First to Provide Built-In MOB and Anchor Alarm Functionality Vesper Marine announced today that its XB-8000 Class B AIS has a software update available for all new and existing owners, incorporating new features and capabilities to enhance marine safety.


BigOceanData Rolls out Gen-Next Vessel Tracking System

Pic: BigOceanData

 A new name has joined the vessel tracking sector with a product that promises to set new standards in functionality and user-friendliness.    BigOceanData is the new brand from Globavista, the professional vessel tracking and monitoring provider trusted by industry professionals


IMO Revises Guidelines for AIS Use

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has published revised guidelines for onboard operational use of shipborne automatic identification systems (AIS), as Resolution A.1106(29).   These are operational guidelines, developed to promote the safe and effective use of AIS






 
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