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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)


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)


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


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


News:Mandatory AIS on St. Lawrence Seaway

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway issued a Notice


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


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


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).


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


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


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 –


Software Tailors Hull Coatings to Specific Vessel Ops

Intertrac records vessel draft, total sea miles, seamiles per month, percent activity above 5 knots and stationary periods. The system divides the world’s oceans and coastal waters into 64 large marine ecosystems and overlays a vessels route, speed and location data in order to calculate a fouling risk from very low to very high.

Overlays global oceanic and coastal foul risk assessments for any vessel AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings business, the producer of advanced International hull coatings has developed Intertrac, the shipping industry’s first, patented applied for software system that enables ship owners


McMurdo Widens Range with New Transponder

M5 AIS Class A Transponder

McMurdo, a business of the Orolia Group, announced that Smartfind M5 AIS Class A Transponder is now available. The Smartfind M5 Automatic Identification System (AIS) Class A Transponder, previewed at Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 2012 in Amsterdam


Panama Canal Implements Just-in-Time Service Trial Period

Panama Canal Administrator Jorge L. Quijano

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has implemented the just-in-time service (JIT) that they say will allow vessels to have a more efficient transit. The new service will allow the vessels to arrive at the Panama Canal much closer to their scheduled transit time


McMurdo Widens AIS Range with Smartfind M15 Receiver

Smartfind M15 Automatic Identification System (AIS) Receiver

McMurdo, a business of the Orolia Group, announced that the Smartfind M15 Automatic Identification System (AIS) Receiver is now available. Designed for recreational vessels using a computer with AIS-capable navigation software, it receives AIS messages


New CSR Structural Assessment Software Released

Classification society ClassNK announced the release of the latest versions of IACS Common Structural Rules (CSR) structural assessment software.   The following software packages have been updated:   PrimeShip-HULL(Rules)/CSR


Raytheon Demo Advanced Maritime Radar in Australia

Raytheon Company completes test and demonstration flights of the SeaVue XMC (eXpanded Mission Capability) maritime surveillance radar in Australia. The SeaVue XMC maritime surveillance radar's innovative features provide both radar and mission system advanced capabilities


Elastec/American Named Distributor for OceanEye Oil Spill Aerial Surveillance System

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“You can have the best oil spill equipment in the world,” said Donnie Wilson, CEO of Elastec/American Marine, “but if you can’t see the oil, you can’t recover it.” When Elastec/American Marine managed the controlled burn operation in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010


Boatracs to Debut New AIS Maritime Applications

Photo: Boatracs

Boatracs Inc., a provider of integrated satellite communications and software solutions to the maritime industry, said it will conduct live booth demonstrations of two new maritime applications at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans on October 9-11, 2013.


US Coast Guard Propose AIS International Agreement

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The US Coast Guard 2012 Annual Report to the American Bar Association mentions, amongst a wealth of information about the service's activities, that Coast Guard attorneys have facilitated the development of principles for member governments wishing to participate in IALA-NET


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


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


Northern Australia Waters: Emergency Towage Service

Torres Straits passage: Photo courtesy of AMSA

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has awarded two substantial new contracts to Brisbane-based company Australian Maritime Systems Limited to provide emergency towage services in Far North Queensland as well as to maintain its aids to navigation network.


 
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