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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

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

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

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)

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).

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

Mandatory AIS on St. Lawrence Seaway

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway issued a Notice

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

USCG AIS Mandate Resource Center Launched

McMurdo informs it has launched an online resource center at to help impacted vessel operators comply with the requirements of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Automatic Identification System (AIS) Mandate, which becomes effective March 1, 2016.  

ACR Electronics Introduces New AISLink CB1

ACR AISLink CB1 Class B transceiver (Image: ACR)

Suited for a range of recreational boaters and commercial vessels across the world, the new AISLink CB1 Class B transceiver is introduced by survival gear specialist ACR Electronics, a Drew Marine Company.   ACR’s easy-to-use and reliable Class B Automatic Identification System (AIS)

Piracy Still Hot in Southeast Asia -PVI

Photo: PVI

Southeast Asia is likely to see a record number of ship hijackings in 2015 as demand for illicit oil, together with a well-established black market, will continue to drive maritime attacks in the region, advises private maritime security company PVI.  

Simrad Launches New Pro Line Products


Simrad launched three new products in its professional line: the HS60 GPS Compass, V5035 Class-A AIS, and M5000 Series Monitors. Simrad HS60 GPS Compass The new GPS compass, the HS60, brings expanded functionality to traditional heading sensors such as rate-of-turn and pitch-and-roll output

New Vessel Traffic Management System for Portsmouth

Image courtesy of BAE Systems

BAE Systems has been awarded a £5.5 million contract to install a new Vessel Traffic Management System to assist in the controlling and monitoring of all ship movements within Portsmouth Harbor and the Eastern Solent.    The contract is the latest development in the partnering

World Record Attempt: Suhay Tries to Break Distance by Dinghy Mark

Photo courtesy of McMurdo

In 2014, Robert Suhay tackled the “longest single-handed distance sailed in a dinghy by a male – 283.5 nautical miles (326.24 miles)” into the face of Hurricane Arthur for a Guinness World Record. Next week, Suhay will attempt to break his own record in a 14-foot Laser dinghy

Malaysia Tracks Down Hijackers

Image: MT Orkim Harmony

 The eight Indonesian nationals arrested by Vietnamese authorities and suspected of hijacking the Malaysia-flagged tanker Orkim Harmony confessed to the crime, says a report in The Straits Times.   Thirteen individuals were involved in the hijacking of the MT Orkim Harmony

Fuel Quality Data Tapped for Fleet Performance

Dr. Torsten Büssow (Photo: DNV GL)

Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) and DNV GL signed a cooperation agreement to develop a new module for DNV GL’s ECO Insight fleet performance management solution at the Nor-Shipping trade fair. By tapping into the world’s largest fuel sampling database, this module will allow owners

Summer Wind, Miss Susan Tow Collision Report

Collision between Bulk Carrier Summer Wind and the Miss Susan Tow Houston Ship Channel, Lower Galveston Bay, Texas This is a synopsis from the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) report and does not include the Board’s rationale for the conclusions, probable cause

Partnership Offers Real-time Maritime Tracking

exactEarth and Harris Corporation form strategic alliance to provide real-time global maritime tracking and information solutions    Satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data services provider exactEarth Ltd.and space, geospatial and remote sensing solutions company Harris

Simrad Launches New Pro Line Products

HS60 GPS Compass (Image: Simrad)

Simrad announced the launch of three new products in its professional line: the HS60 GPS Compass, V5035 Class-A AIS, and M5000 Series Monitors.    Simrad HS60 GPS Compass The new GPS compass, the HS60, brings expanded functionality to traditional heading sensors such as rate-of-turn

Sweden’s First AIS Aid to Navigation Deployed

Image: True Heading

True Heading, manufacturer of Automatic Identification System (AIS) solutions, GPS compasses and app navigation, has supplied an AIS Aid to Navigation (ATON) beacon to the Port of Stockholm, Sweden.   Located at Stockholm Stream (Stockholm Ström) and the first of its kind in Sweden

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