Ais Technology News

14 Mar 2018

Ocean Signal Introduces New AIS Transponders

Ocean Signal ATA100 Class A AIS Transponder (Image: Ocean Signal)

Ocean Signal has rolled out its new ATA100 Class A and ATB1 Class B AIS transponders as fully compliant solutions to increase visibility, aid collision-avoidance and enhance navigational safety for a range of commercial workboats, support vessels and fishing boats. The AIS transponders were unveiled for the first time at Asia Pacific Maritime. The ATA100 is a combined SOLAS and Inland approved single-unit device capable of exchanging dynamic and static ship data with other AIS systems and developed to meet the latest IMO carriage requirements and IEC standards.

23 Feb 2018

Virtual Aid to Navigation: Here Now, Here to Stay

Vesper Marine designed its Virtual AIS Beacon in 2010 and installed the first solution in 2011. Developed to address the need to make hazards at sea visible when costly physical infrastructure is not appropriate or is impossible to deploy, the Virtual Aid to Navigation technology that Vesper Marine has created is based on the international standardized AIS, which all large ships must use and many yachts and smaller vessels are now choosing to install due to the safety and collision avoidance benefits it provides.

26 Jun 2017

Five Facts about the SEAANGEL AIS FLARE ECO

Going out on the sea is fun and is one of the most favored recreational pastimes. With a pleasant day in mind, only few people are willing to consider the risks and hazards linked to this activity. This explains why most aquatic accidents happen in calm weather, close to the shore, probably even in the view of other people. Therefore, it should be easy to be rescued within a reasonable lapse of time. A person going overboard will not yet have drifted too far off even in strong currents. However, this picture may have a flaw. In the U.S., there are 10 “unintentional drownings” a day.

05 Feb 2017

Vesper Marine Launches smartAIS technology

Vesper Marine XB-8000 smartAIS Transponder Photo Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today the release of its revolutionary smartAIS technology. and more enjoyable. Unlike other manufacturers’ solutions that simply send and receive AIS data, Vesper Marine’s smartAIS goes much further. An active system with smart alarm logic, it proactively alerts boaters of potentially hazardous situations. Putting users in control, smartAIS combines navigation sensor data, and GPS and AIS information, with intelligent alarm management that prioritizes alerts for the most urgent response.

18 Jul 2016

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. installation of a system combining virtual AIS technology to mark subsea cables in conjunction with highly integrated and advanced software for monitoring vessel traffic patterns whichdirectly alerts vessels to avoid anchor damage to inshore submarine infrastructure assets. The NYPA is the largest state electric utility in the U.S.

20 Aug 2015

Industry Group Launches Marine Pipeline Alert System

Photo: CAMO

The Coastal and Marine Operators (CAMO) group has announced it has successfully completed the first step in rolling out an initiative to protect the safety of mariners, the environment and hydrocarbon pipelines from being damaged. The CAMO group began transmitting Automatic Information System (AIS) safety messages directly to mariners in two charted pipeline corridors in Port Fourchon, significantly improving their situational awareness by providing immediate alerts for vessels in close proximity to submerged pipelines.

26 May 2015

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, local authorities launched a new buoy with the True Heading ATON transponder to assist commercial and recreational ships moving in and out of the busy harbor. Navigation buoys traditionally are marked with lights…

20 Sep 2012

PortVision-hosted Conference Invites' TerminalSmart' Users

PortVision to host a TerminalSmart forum for marine terminal managers & Automatic Identification System (AIS) operators. The meeting will address key issues facing marine terminals, particularly marine operations associated with the petrochemical supply chain. This includes marine transportation managers challenged with chartering, scheduling, vetting, logistics, loss control and demurrage management, as well as operations managers responsible for front-line dock activities and dock management. Representatives from a number of major oil companies and leading terminal operators have already registered to attend. “These summits help us meet the evolving needs of our marine terminal customers and the maritime industry as a whole,” said Dean Rosenberg, PortVision chief executive officer.

03 Nov 2011

AIS Antennas Help Owners Monitor Traffic

Shakespeare AIS antennas in various styles

When navigating shipping lanes and busy harbors, the ability to monitor speed and direction of other vessels is particularly important. Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology, originating from the shipping industry, has been a great help to recreational boaters in these areas. Shakespeare offers AIS antennas in various styles, specifically designed to meet the broader bandwidth requirements of popular AIS transceivers. The 4' Shakespeare Style 396-1-AIS features commercial-grade construction with brass and copper elements…

02 Nov 2011

AIS-SART Processor IC - The Future of Marine Search & Rescue

CML Microcircuits has announced the launch of the new cutting-edge Marine AIS Search and Rescue Transmitter (SART) processor, the CMX7045. The CMX7045 is a highly integrated and flexible baseband processor fulfilling the needs of an AIS-SART and meeting IEC 61097-14 requirements. In addition to providing the core AIS-SART formatted data functionality, the CMX7045 incorporates a number of auxiliary operations that assist in the overall system implementation and therefore reduce component count and cost.

19 Sep 2011

Kongsberg Solution Displays Seismic Streamers Over AIS

New system improves awareness and safety of marine seismic operations. The Kongsberg Maritime owned AIS and position reference specialist Kongsberg Seatex has developed a solution to display the size and shape of seismic streamers over standard AIS. With this information available to all vessels in the survey area, this new development has the potential to enhance safety and streamline operations. Seismic operations in areas of high shipping activity can be a challenge as a seismic…

27 Jan 2011

PortVision: A Helping Hand in the Deepwater Horizon Response

Contracted by BP, these vessels of opportunity were equipped with PV-OnBoard units allowing the Command Center in Venice to monitor the vessels as they responded to their specific geographic division. These vessels were tasked with collecting oil with booms and skimming the oil into tanks onboard. (Photo courtesy PortVision)

MarineNews spoke with Dean Rosenberg, CEO of PortVision, about the company’s role in the coordination of the Deepwater Horizon spill response in the Gulf of Mexico. PortVision is a web-based service that uses data from the Automated Identification System (AIS), mandated by the IMO and the U.S. Coast Guard, to provide shore-side users with real-time vessel tracking as well as historical reporting. “The main purpose for AIS, why it was mandated, is for collision avoidance,” Rosenberg said.

19 Dec 2008

Canada Protects Waters From Pollution

A Halifax Provincial Court Judge has imposed a penalty of $80,000 against the Motor Vessel Alida Gorthon for a pollution offense. The Alida Gorthon is a 12,750 GRT general cargo vessel owned by Blow Sea Shipping Ltd. and registered in Cyprus. The vessel faced charges under the Canada Shipping Act related to the unlawful discharge of a pollutant and failure to report the discharge of a pollutant. The charges were laid following a June 22, 2007 pollution incident in which an oil slick of less than 13 gallons was spotted in the vessel's wake, approximately 124 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Advanced detection equipment aboard Transport Canada's Dash 8 surveillance aircraft was instrumental in detecting and gathering evidence in the case against the vessel.

08 Oct 2001

AIS: The Future is Now

The IMO deadline for fitting new ships with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) is less than one year away. After July 1, 2002, all newbuilds over 300 grt must be equipped with an approved AIS transponder system. Leica Geosystems, one of the pioneering companies in AIS technology, recently published a 28-page book ("A Complete Guide to Automatic Identification Systems") that is loaded with useful information on AIS technology, how it works, international standards and carriage requirements. At the Norshipping exhibition in Oslo, Leica unveiled the first fully integrated GPS/DGPS/AIS shipboard system meeting all IMO, IEC and ITU equipment specifications. The following extracts are reprinted with permission from Leica Geosystems. What is AIS?

16 Jan 2004

Kongsberg Seatex Wins AIS Contract

Kongsberg Seatex AS has been awarded a contract to develop AIS infrastructure covering the coast of Norway. The contract was won in competition with six other tenders in an open tendering process and is a major breakthrough for the AIS technology developed by Kongsberg Seatex. Kongsberg Seatex AS is a part of Kongsberg Maritime, a division of the Kongsberg Group. Kongsberg Seatex is located in Trondheim, Norway, and employs 78 people.

08 May 2002

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. False crew documentation, enhanced vessel tracking and beefed-up harbor controls were much-discussed topic in previous years. As is the case more often than not, though, a disaster of some proportion is inevitably the impetus in moving from discussion to action.

11 Oct 2004

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.74(69) Annex 3)). 3. as a VTS tool, i.e. These statements are clear and straight forward and should not be misinterpreted. To be able to accomplish the basic goals of the performance standard, the onboard user and operator needs to be involved in the process to secure the data transmitted.

26 Sep 2006

Saab Transponder Tech Reports Strong Market for AIS

Saab TransponderTech, a supplier of automatic identification systems (AISs) reports continued brisk sales of its AIS products, including shipboard transponders and base stations. Saab achieved two major milestones this year when it shipped its 10,000 shipboard AIS transponder and also installed the 1,000 shoreside AIS base station, according to Gunnar Mangs, vice president sales and marketing for Saab TransponderTech. Saab TransponderTech was one of the original pioneers in AIS technology and is currently offering its fourth-generation AIS products. The Saab R4, introduced in 2003, is the leading marine AIS transponder on the market. The product is type-approved to meet the IMO carriage requirements for AIS, and is fully licensed under the Swedish patent for AIS technology.

06 Sep 2002

St. Lawrence Seaway Introduces AIS Technology

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and its Canadian partner, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, today unveiled a new Automatic Identification System (AIS), the first to be fielded on a North American waterway. The AIS uses the latest communication technology via universal VHF radio frequency to share vital marine navigation data from ship-to-ship, shore-to ship, and ship-to-shore in real time. Following a ceremony at St. Lambert Lock in Montreal, Seaway engineers and personnel from the DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center demonstrated the AIS capabilities for the Seaway Traffic Management System and on board the vessels. Shipping industry representatives were invited aboard the Seaway Tug, Robinson Bay, to test out the system on the St.

31 Oct 2001

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. The AIS equipment will permit the ships to exchange vital identification and navigation data automatically with other AIS-equipped ships and coastal stations via VHF radio channels. Leica Marine GPS is a pioneer in marine AIS technology.

25 Aug 1999

VTS Plans for New Orleans

The USCG will release a proposed rule requiring transponders and electronic charts on most vessels operating in the New Orleans VTS zone. Project officers outlined their plans at a meeting of the Lower Mississippi River Waterway Safety Advisory Committee. Under the new VTS system, vessels will use Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology, including transponders and electronic charts, to locate and identify other vessels in their vicinity. The question before the USCG is: which vessels should be required to carry the equipment? · Power-driven vessels of 131 ft. · Towing vessels of 26 ft. · Dredges or floating plants. The USCG would require power-driven vessels between 66 to 131 ft.

01 May 2003

Government Update

By Dennis L. Bryant, senior maritime counsel, Holland & Knight, Washington, D.C. The federal government has concluded that one means of enhancing maritime security is by making maritime activity transparent. The theory is that if the federal government can look through or behind all maritime transactions, it can determine if any of them have ties to terrorists and take appropriate action before the threat manifests itself. The problem is that many of the participants in maritime activities value the current opaqueness of most maritime transactions, generally for legitimate commercial reasons. If your competitor knows early-on what you are doing, he or she can more successfully compete against you.

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