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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 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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


Space Age Developement For Blue Force AIS

The AIS 300BF is tailor-made for vessels undertaking demanding coast guard, anti-piracy, navy and boarder police operations. Image copyright - Torbjørn Kjosvold / Forsvarets mediearkiv.

Kongsberg Seatex announced the launch of a new generation of Blue Force (BF) Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), the AIS 300BF. The unit, which supersedes the current AIS 200BF, offers outstanding secure mode abilities alongside unique AIS receiver sensitivity and robustness –


MarineTraffic Assists Search for Flight 370

Ocean Shield (Photo: Marine Traffic)

Maritime tracking AIS facility MarineTraffic has opened up its satellite-AIS service in the search area relevant to the missing MH370 airliner. Following requests from numerous agencies and individuals, this usually paid-for service has now been made available to any user free of charge.


Global Shipping Exposed to Cyber Threats

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The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. In this internet age, as more devices are hooked up online, so they become more vulnerable to attack


OSI to Integrate Software for UK Royal Navy

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OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) announced the signing of a contract to integrate its flagship software, ECPINS-W Sub, into the U.K. Royal Navy’s T45 Destroyer Integrated Bridge System (IBS).  Under the terms of this contract, OSI will provide software engineering activity to fully


Seall Passage Planner Gains AIS Feature

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Jargoon announced that a new interface to AIS Hub has been added to their Seall Passage Planner (SPP).  The passage planning software which was launched in November 2013, provides Automatic Identification System (AIS) by using the SPP Virtual AIS Radar


US Navy Awards $227-Million Contracts to General Dynamics

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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, says it has been awarded two contracts valued at approximately $226.7 million by the U.S. Navy's Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) office for continuing efforts to modernize and repair training and support equipment


Glimpses of AIS Trends in the PortVision 2014 Crystal Ball

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Houston, Texas-based PortVision, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, shares its projections for the top vessel-tracking trends that it believes will have the greatest impact on the maritime industry during 2014


McMurdo Group Launched for Complete SAR Service

McMurdo Group was launched today as a new global company in end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness (MDA) solutions. Comprised of Orolia’s former Positioning, Tracking and Monitoring Division, McMurdo Group combines Boatracs, Kannad, McMurdo and Techno-Sciences, Inc


Update & Nav Warning: Upper Mississippi Rock Removal

Rock Removal information: Image courtesy of the contractors

The Big River Coalition provides the following update on progress made by the contractors on the ongoing “Rock Removal” (pinnacle rock) project being conducted on the Upper Mississippi River (UMR) in the vicinity of Thebes, IL., as well as navigational warnings issued.


Liberian Investigation Affirms Tanker Hijacking

Kerala (Photo: Greek World Reporter)

Liberia continues its active investigation of the hijacking of the Liberian-flagged product tanker, Kerala, (IMO No.: 9390927), at Luanda, Angola on January 18, 2014, and although the investigation is still ongoing, the evidence gathered thus far by the INTERPOL Incident Response Team has allowed


Latest Transit Update: Upper Mississippi Pinnacle Rock

Upper Mississippi rock removal: Image courtesy of Big River Coalition

The Big River Coalition inform that the following transits restrictions have been established to allow traffic to pass during rock removal work operations at locations C-100 and C-101 (Thebes, IL).  The restrictions may be changed based upon conditions


Simrad Debuts RS90 VHF Radio

Simrad, designer and manufacturer of marine electronics, has announced  its powerful and versatile new modular, black box VHF radio, the RS90. Packed with innovative communication features the RS90 offers unparalleled performance with a standard feature set that includes an Automatic


Aigua Sea School Expands Simulator Capacity

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Six months after the initial installation of a classroom of NAUTIS Desktop Trainers, the Aigua Sea School in Mallorca has placed a follow-up order to further expand its simulator training capacity. The follow-up order for NAUTIS simulators was placed after positive feedback from both students


Global Availability of Fleet Management Software Platform

Vessel tracking and asset/document management software, used by hundreds of U.S. commercial workboat and fishing customers,  is now available internationally for integration into existing partner applications.   McMurdo Group, a company in end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and


Navigation Training Delivered aboard EUNAVFOR Flagship

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On March 4, 20 trainees from the Basic Training course for the Seychelles Coast Guard took part in a training exercise covering the use of electronic navigation equipment. The training was delivered by Seychelles Coast Guard trainers and EUNAVFOR with support from EUCAP Nestor on board the French


 
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