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Maersk taps BigOceanData for vessel tracking

The Danish ocean carrier signed a two-year contract, effective Aug. 1, 2016, to receive ship tracking services on its fleet of around 630 owned and chartered vessels, London-based technology provider BigOceanData said in a statement.

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Wireless remote VHF-AIS radios

THe Garmin GHS 20 with AIS.

THe Garmin GHS 20 with AIS.

Maintaining access to an AIS receiver while moving about on a large yacht has become a lot easier with the latest wave of wireless remote AIS receivers. While the main unit at the nav station is still transmitting your position on the high seas, it is comforting to know you do not have to be planted in a chair and staring constantly at the chartplotter in order to keep tabs on whatever is lurking out there at 0200 in the middle of a storm.

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AIS versus radar BY BILL MORRIS

The ICOM MA-500TR.

The ICOM MA-500TR.

The current overlap of radar and automatic identification system (AIS) technology leaves sailors on small oceangoing craft in a quandary: Which is the more sensible system in terms of initial cash outlay, amperage use and overall service in ensuring safety and security?

Just as Loran-C and radio direction finders were long ago relegated to the forgotten graveyards of maritime detritus, so too has the short-lived CARD (collision avoidance radar detector) system given way to contemporary AIS technology. However, even with the convenience of AIS, radar is still regarded as the standard for dependable vessel tracking capability and collision avoidance. On the downside, radar uses significantly more amperage than the receive-only AIS systems currently available, which on a large yacht is still a negligible amount easily covered by a combination of the engine alternator and a generator set. AIS offers some — not all — of the advantages of radar at a fraction of the price, yet with much lower power consumption. Large yachts generally employ both radar and AIS in tandem for maximum protection.
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Man-overboard devices with AIS gaining in popularity

The easyOne AIS MOB, made by German company Weatherdock AG. Lee el resto de esta entrada

Philippine – Marina updates 1997 merchant marine rules

Manila Bulletin 26 Apr 2015 By KRIS BAYOS

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is updating this year the 1997 Philippine Merchant Marine Rules and Regulations (PMMRR) as well as drafting new policies to improve domestic vessel safety regulations. Lee el resto de esta entrada