Space-powered data and analytics company, Spire Global and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) reached an agreement so as to provide global AIS data and support the Agency via it’s EU Member States.
UK MCA ran a consultation and concluded to a new method by which passenger numbers and passenger information is required to be transmitted; By December 20 2023, for vessels to which the regulations apply, passenger numbers must be reported digitally to the relevant authorities either via the National Single Window (‘NSW’) or via the ship’s Automatic Identification System (‘AIS’).
The UK MCA issued guidance on the changes to The Merchant Shipping Regulations 2021, with respect to the procedures for collecting and reporting details of persons onboard passenger ships.
BIMCO is working on a charter party clause that will help the shipping industry deal with potential abuse by sanctions busters of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) which is mandatory for all ships to carry under SOLAS.
Indonesia spotted a Chinese research vessel with its tracking system turned off, amid worries in the area about Beijing’s maritime conduct.
Gard issued a safety alert, urging ships sailing in Nigerian waters to maintain their automatic identification systems (AIS) in operation at all times.
The new routeing systems, established this summer in Skagerrak and Kattegat in order to create more predictable traffic patterns and separate oncoming ship traffic better, work as intended, the Danish Maritime Authority informed.
The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (“COLREGS”), as amended, provides general rules to be followed in order to avoid collisions at sea where good seamanship should complement these rules. There has been a significant number of collisions where misuse of VHF radio equipment and AIS information has been established to be a contributory factor.
Norwegian dry bulk shipping company Western Bulk has signed up with an Oslo-based online market intelligence platform for dry bulk industry. The tech start up Oceanbolt provides real-time insights into trade flows, tonnage flow, fleet speed, dry docking and congestion.
The US Coast Guard (USCG) warns inland towboat operators to set up their AIS transponder to broadcast the full size of the barge tow, not just the size of the vessel.
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