safety measures

AIS data entry crucial for safe navigation

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.

GPS smoothing: How to remove discrepancies in received positions

Knowing exactly where we are at each time is a key component of safe navigation and the use of GPS and ECDIS provide this capability nowadays, but the continuing trend to rely solely on this means of navigation rather than to cross-check with other independent and reliable navigation techniques introduces a significant risk, CHIRP notes.

UK, SAMSA partner to fight deaths of fishermen

The reduction and prevention of deaths of fishermen along South Africa’s coastal area is among key priorities of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). Now, efforts towards this goal are beginning to pay off, due to strategic partnerships domestically and abroad.

Infographic: What is EPIRB

EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is a safety device carried by a vessel to alert search and rescue services, allowing them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system.

LED lighting on-board create potential safety hazards

The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for radiotelephone, DSC and AIS when in the vicinity of LED lighting on-board ships, such as navigation lights, searchlights and floodlights, interior and exterior lights, adornment.

USCG: Is your AIS ready for Subchapter M?

The Subchapter M regulations provide minimum safety, lifesaving, construction, machinery, electrical, and operational requirements for US towing vessels. All applicable towing vessels must be in compliance with the Subchapter M by 20 July 2018.

Denmark upgrades search and rescue technology

The Danish Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has announced a major upgrade of its search and rescue planning tool, BMT’s SARIS, which is designed to locate targets lost at sea, whether it be people or objects, thus saving lives and minimizing dangers.