FCC issues enforcement advisory on non-compliant AIS devices

FCC issues enforcement advisory on non-compliant AIS devices
WASHINGTON – Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a navigation-communication tool designed to mitigate collisions and enhance situational awareness by exchanging real-time vessel navigation information autonomously and continuously. However, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials, AIS equipment that is non-compliant with adopted international standards can confuse, degrade or even disrupt other...

Coast Guard recovers unmanned and adrift sailing vessel Enthalpy II in the Mona Passage

Coast Guard recovers unmanned and adrift sailing vessel Enthalpy II in the Mona Passage
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier intercepted and recovered an unmanned and adrift sailing vessel in the Mona Passage Monday after its owner reportedly fell overboard Sunday, approximately one nautical mile north of Camuy, Puerto Rico. David Thompson, a U.S. citizen from Mich., was traveling to the Dominican Republic aboard the 49-foot Enthalpy II, when...

Coast Guard approves official electronic charts

Coast Guard approves official electronic charts
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard published guidance Feb. 5 that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications. The Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, NVIC 01-16 establishes uniform guidance on what is now considered equivalent to chart and publication carriage requirements. Combining the suite of electronic charts from the U.S. hydrographic...

Coast Guard announces second public meeting on NOAD, AIS proposed rulemaking

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday it will hold a public meeting scheduled for March 25, 2009, in Seattle, Wash., at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave., from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., to accept comments on a proposed rulemaking to amend Coast Guard regulations governing Notice of Arrival and Departure and Automatic Identification System requirements.

Coast Guard announces proposed vessel requirements for NOAD, AIS

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday that it submitted to the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking entitled “Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure and Automatic Identification System,” a rule designed to increase navigation safety and raise maritime domain awareness.