Creating Open Ocean VTS

Posted by Peggy Browning on Feb 20, 2013 1:32:00 PM

exactEarth recently signed up to assist in a new vessel routing program run by the European Union.  The MONALISA project aims at giving a concrete contribution to the efficient, safe and environmentally friendly maritime transport.  The initial focus is on the major navigational areas in Swedish and Finnish waters in the Baltic Sea which will contribute to improving overall safety and optimization of ship routes. 

Baltic Sea Map

MONALISA is divided into four activities:

  1. Dynamic and proactive route planning - "Green Routes"
  2. Verification System for officers` certifications
  3. Quality assurance of hydrographic data
  4. Global sharing of maritime information

By incorporating Satellite AIS data into these activities, many improvements for more effective maritime transport can be achieved.  In terms of dynamic and proactive route planning, the route plans will be sent via AIS Application Specific Messages (ASM).  By incorporating Satellite AIS data, route changes can now be made on the fly even when ships are outside Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) coverage, thus realizing true berth-to-berth navigation.  The verification system for officers’ certifications will ensure that the officer on watch is qualified and well rested.  Utilizing Satellite AIS, the VTS centers will have immediate awareness when bridge personnel are changed.  In terms of quality assurance of hydrographic data, the use of Satellite AIS to support the transfer of that data will enable near real-time charting updates.  These could be crucial following major weather events such as hurricanes and typhoons.

The use of S-AIS extends the coverage of VTS centers to areas well outside coastal coverage, without impacting ship operations in any way.  AIS ASMs that are automatically generated by routing changes, shift changes and hydrographic anomalies and broadcast would be broadcast all the time as opposed to only when vessels are approaching VTS centers.  This would allow Satellite AIS to provide the VTS centers with activity changes well before a vessel approaches port, to enable more efficient port operations.  VTS in the open ocean is now possible as Satellite AIS goes beyond traditional coverage limitations and provides analysis into even the most remote regions of the globe.

For more information on the MONALISA project, click here.

Topics: Satellite AIS, Vessel Traffic Services, AIS, Environmental Protection, Satellite AIS data, Vessel Monitoring

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