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IMO Issues Circular on AIS

The IMO issued a Safety of Navigation circular entitled Guidelines for the installation of a shipborne automatic identification system (AIS)

Offshore Systems Meets Milestone in Warship-AIS Program

With the installation of Warship Automatic Identification System (W-AIS) on HMS Illustrious, the current Fleet Flag Ship of the Royal Navy, Offshore Systems Ltd. meets a major milestone of the first major platform fit of this capability. W-AIS provides the Royal Navy with exciting new capabilities that enhance situational awareness for bridge teams through the overlay of AIS contact data onto Warship Electronic Chart Display Information System (WECDIS)

Ship-Tracking Satellite Launched

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the launch of an Orbcomm satellite in an initiative to increase maritime situational awareness and security.  The launch of the Orbcomm satellite is part of the Coast Guard and Homeland Security Department's Nationwide Automatic Identification System project. The satellite, launched from , , was equipped with automatic identification system technology capable of tracking and identifying ships as far as 2,000 nautical miles from coastlines

AIS: When & Where? Here & Now!

The events of September 11, 2001 will continue to have lingering effects on the world indefinitely. The most visible remnant in the maritime world is the drastically heightened sense of safety and security, as officials in countries around the globe seek to secure their borders from the threat of attack — either direct or covert — via ship. Many of the issues currently on the legislative fast track were already in the works pre-September 11

Committee to Discuss Shipboard Display of AIS

The Marine Board of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council, at the request of the U.S. Coast Guard, has established a Committee for Shipboard Display of AIS (Automatic Identification System). The committee will examine integration issues, display features and options, prior experience, and vessel operator issues. The committee will meet in New Orleans on April 3-4, 2002. Source: HK

GAO: AIS Partnering Could Reduce Costs

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a Report stating that federal costs related to implementation of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) could be reduced if local port entities were willing to assume some of the expense and responsibility in exchange for access to AIS data. This presumes, though, that the current dispute between the Coast Guard and a private company over access to the frequency spectrum is resolved in the near future. GAO-04-868 (HK Law).

Type Approval Granted For Satellite Compass System

Northrop Grumman Corporation received type approval from the German certification authority Bundesamt für Seeschiffahrt & Hydrographie (BSH) for the Sperry Marine NAVISTAR satellite compass system. The system is designed to provide a stable heading reference input for radars, autopilots, chart plotters, scanning sonars, automatic identification systems, voyage data recorders, steerable antenna arrays and other devices

Guidelines re Installation of AIS

The IMO issued a Circular amending its guidelines for installation of a shipboard automatic identification system (AIS). The amendment recommends that AIS be connected through an uninterrupted power supply. SN Circ. 245 (HK Law)

National AIS Project – Environmental Statement

The US Coast Guard is seeking comments on its draft programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) addressing proposed implementation of the Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) project. The proposed NAIS involves installing receivers, transmitters, transceivers, repeaters, and other equipment on towers and other structures at up to 450 sites at locations along 95,000 miles of coastline and inland waterways, as well as the use of selected remote platforms

News:Mandatory AIS on St. Lawrence Seaway

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway issued a Notice

New Vessel Traffic Equipment at ABP Southampton

Shipping Minister John Hayes CBE MP (front row, third from left) at ABP Southampton with James Cooper, chief executive at Associated British Ports (front row, far left), Alastair Welch, port director at ABP Southampton port director (back row, far right) with staff at ABP Southampton (Photo: ABP)

Associated British Ports marked the latest in a series of multi-million dollar investments in the port of Southampton by inviting the Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP to open its brand new vessel traffic service (VTS) operating room, (September 21).  

China Activates Four Lighthouses in South China Sea

Photo: Maritime Safety Administration

 Four out of five lighthouses planned for use in the South China Sea have been activated  to boost navigation and the fifth lighthouse will be completed and put into use soon.   China started to build lighthouses in the South China Sea in May last year

Vesper Marine to Protect LIS Underwater Cables

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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

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.  

Chinese Lighthouse Operational in South China Sea

(Photo: Maritime Safety Administration of the Peoples Republic of China)

Another Chinese lighthouse has become operational on Zhubi Reef, a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands of the South China Sea. China’s Ministry of Transport held ceremony on April 5, 2016 signaling the lighthouse’s completion and start of operation

USCG Seeks Input for Coastal Navigation Study

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is seeking input from commercial and recreational mariners for an assessment of navigation requirements on the Atlantic and Gulf seacoast.   The Coast Guard Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) survey is focused on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of

NZ's “Sound framework” for Managing Coastal Navigation

NZ Navigational Hazards Courtesy Maritime NZ

A review of coastal navigation safety by Maritime NZ has found that there is a sound framework in place to manage the movement of ships around the New Zealand coast, with procedures in place to assess risk and adjust safety measures if required.

US Coast Guard Approves Official Electronic Charts

 The U.S. Coast Guard published guidance that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications.   Issued February 5, the Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, NVIC 01-16 establishes uniform guidance on what is now considered

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

First Type Approval Awarded for Portable Pilot Unit

From left: Falk Bethke, Approval Engineer Electrical Systems & Automation at DNV GL – Maritime, Sven Dudszus, Head of Business & Production Management at DNV GL – Maritime, Jochen Rudolph, Managing Director at SevenCs, Marius Herzig, Product Manager at SevenCs (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL said it has developed a new industry standard for the type approval of Portable Pilot Units (PPUs); the ORCA Pilot G2 unit, created by SevenCs, a navigation equipment and software expert from Hamburg, is the first product worldwide to achieve compliance with the new standard.  

Vesper Marine Debuts New AIS Transponder

XB-6000 (Image: Vesper Marine)

Marine safety products manufacturer Vesper Marine has released a new Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS), the XB-6000. The black box transponder includes a built-in NMEA 2000 gateway and GPS antenna that integrates AIS, GPS and NMEA instrument data to display vital safety information on

New Simulation Complex for Dunkirk Pilot Station

Photo: Transas

Transas informs it has installed the fifth simulator for high-level training for pilots who operate in the port of Dunkirk in France. The pilot station is now equipped with the latest generation of the Transas navigational simulator Navi-Trainer Professional 5000

SE Asia Accounts for More than Half of the World’s Piracy Attacks

Graph: International Maritime Bureau (IMB)

 At present more than half of the world’s piracy attacks are occurring in South East Asia, says he latest International Maritime Bureau (IMB) incident report.   Piracy in the Gulf of Aden, which was the scourge of global shipping from 2011-14 has all but disappeared

UK P&I Club's West Africa Piracy Guidance

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UK P&I Club provides practical guidance to Members in relation to piracy in West Africa. Stuart Edmonston, Head of Loss Prevention, says: “We have seen a sizable shift in pirate activity, from Somali to West Africa, and are witnessing an increase in incidents particularly offshore

Maritime Surveillance: Autonomous and in Real-time


Conventional surveillance technologies cannot easily help to detect fast boats, which generally have small radar signatures and do not carry automatic identification systems (AIS). For this reason, the NATO STO CMRE (Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation) has addressed this problem

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