UK MCA boards cargo that departed Sweden without permission

Scandinavian Coast Guard asked the UK MCA to board the Rix Emerald following allegations that the vessel departed Sweden without permission, and disappeared when the Swedish Transport Agency tried to detain the vessel, as the Courier reports.

Non-compliant AIS devices can cause major disruptions

While Automatic Identification System (AIS) is designed to mitigate collisions and enhance situational awareness by exchanging real-time vessel information, this navigational tool can degrade or even disrupt other users’ systems if it is non-compliant with adopted international standards, USCG warned. 

MOL uses algorithm to improve collision avoidance

MOL announced that MOL Techno-Trade, the National Maritime Research Institute, and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology carried out an assessment and feasibility study on advanced navigation support systems, using the NMRI-owned ship handling risk simulator.

UK Club: Technology alone will not ensure safety at sea

Ship groundings and collisions still occur with depressing regularity, and are often attributed to errors in navigation. In the UK P&I Club’s latest LookOut, Risk Assessor David Nichol, highlights some of the contributory factors and suggests steps to ensure navigational safety.

UK MCA advises on use of VHF radio and AIS

As explained, there have been a significant number of collisions where subsequent investigations have found that at some stage before impact, one or both parties were using VHF radio in an attempt to avoid collision. The use of VHF radio in these circumstances is not always helpful and may even prove to be dangerous.

US Navy to prevent collisions using AIS in high traffic areas

Following deadly collisions of US warships, CNO Richardson noted that it is very hard to understand how navy ships collide, despite the sophisticated systems onboard and the lookouts on the bridge. Part of the problem, he stressed, isn’t the Navy’s ability to see the others, but everyone else’s ability to spot Navy ships.

Britannia Club advises how to avoid collision

In its monthly “Risk Watch” report ,the Britannia P&I Club issued one out of a series of posters aiming to collision avoidance. The poster deals with look-out and the use of AIS and concerns the Rule 5 of the International Collision Regulations (COLREGs), which requires ships to use all available means to make a full appraisal of each time situation.

FCC: Marine Radio Rules protect public safety

Many vessel owners are required to have ship radios on their vessels. Many of these radios are capable of sending automated messages that the U.S. Coast Guard and other search and rescue authorities rely on to locate vessels in distress. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a public notice to highlight how critical for mariners is to comply with certain marine radio rules in these automated messages.

Revised guidelines for the onboard operational use of shipborne AIS

IMO has adopted ‘Revised guidelines for the onboard operational use of shipborne Automatic Identification Systems (AIS)’ as per Resolution A.1106(29). These guidelines have been developed to promote the safe and effective use of the shipborne AIS, in particular to inform the mariner about it’s operational use, limits and potential uses


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