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Aids to Navigation GLA 2015 Review: Mariner Input Sought

Image courtesy of Trinity House

The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) will be undertaking a review of Aids to Navigation provision around the coasts of Ireland and Great Britain during 2014. The GLA consider good quality user input to be an essential component of this review.  Marine users of Aids to Navigation are invited to contribute to the review by commenting on: The usefulness and usability of existing aids to navigation provided by the GLAs Any proposed requirement for the provision of additional aids to navigation The mix of aids to navigation provided including lighthouses, buoys, beacons, Racons, AIS AtoN and Differential GPS The benefit to users of providing additional data from AtoN such as meteorological data The effectiveness of systems used to promulgate information relating to aids to navigation Any other aids to navigation related issues The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention requires the provision of “such aids to navigation as the volume of traffic justifies and the degree of risk requires”. The 2015 review will consider all AtoN provided by the GLA on the coasts of Ireland and Great Britain both individually and as AtoN systems. It will be published in 2015 and will inform the GLAs’ work plans for the following 5 year period. The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) consist of Trinity House (England & Wales), Northern Lighthouse Board (Scotland) and the Commissioners of Irish Lights (Ireland)


Aid to Navigation above Arctic Circle

Photo courtesy USCG

Four Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak personnel completed a build of the 15-ft Coast Guard aid to navigation tower four miles south of Point Hope August 2, which is the only permanent Coast Guard aid to navigation tower north of the Arctic Circle. In January 2009, a waterways analysis and management review was conducted on the North Slope.  The WAMS identified local interest to enhance safety for the subsistence users and value to maritime traffic in the area


USCG Waterways Analysis Meeting for South Louisiana

The Coast Guard will host a public meeting on Aug. 6 at the Greater La Fourche Port Commission office in Galliano, La., at 6 p.m. regarding a Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) review of district waterways. Chief Petty Officer Randy Ryan, officer in charge of Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Dulac, La., will conduct a WAMS review of Bayou La Fourche, Belle Pass, Southwest Louisiana Canal, and Caminada Bay


Digital Tech Boosts Shanghai's Navigation System

According to reports, the International Marine Aids to Navigation Exhibition opened yesterday in Shanghai. Automatic Identification System (AIS) response, one of the most advanced digital aids to navigation, was launched to help build an expressway for ships to sail faster and safer to port. Aids to navigation, termed the ears and eyes of ships, help sailors to know their position at sea. Shanghai port built its first aid to navigation, the Sheshan Mountain lighthouse, in 1871


Annual Great Lakes & Seaway Aids to Navigation Retrieval Starts

The Ninth Coast Guard District begins its annual retrieval of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway System seasonal aids to navigation before ice forms. In a massive task Operation Fall Retrieve, which includes lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons has begun, with a goal of retrieving 1,282 navigational aids, and should be completed by Dec. 28, 2012. The aids, approximately half in the region, are taken out of service during the winter months due to decreased vessel traffic and


Northwest Cutter Takes First at Buoy Tender Roundup

The Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell, a 100-ft. Inland Buoy Tender homeported in Portland, Ore., has won the Golden Swivel Award at this year's West Coast Aids to Navigation Conference May 15 though Friday. Also known as the Buoy Tender Roundup, the conference hosts all Coast Guard aids to navigation cutters and aids to navigation teams from the West Coast and alternates between California and the Pacific Northwest. This year's conference was located in Everett, Wash


Open Ship a Success

Danish Maritime Authority’s vessel Poul Løwenørn

  Amaliekajen was buzzing with life during Culture Night, when the Danish Maritime Authority’s vessel Poul Løwenørn lowered the gangway and invited everyone interested on board. Many interested visitors turned up to see the Danish Maritime Authority’s inspection vessel Poul Løwenørn on Culture Night, 10 October, when open ship was held as a part of Danish Maritime Days. Here


Cutter to Return to Mobile

The Coast Guard Cutter Cypress is scheduled to return to Coast Guard Base Mobile, Ala., Thursday at about 1 p.m. The crew of Cypress deployed to Haiti Feb. 26 in support of Operation Able Sentry, the U.S. government's response to increased migration from Haiti, following Haiti's domestic unrest. While deployed, the crew took part in a variety of missions, including: alien migrant interdiction; law enforcement; aids to navigation; assisting the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team


USCG Conducts Study of Willapa Bay

The Coast Guard is conducting a Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study of Willapa Bay,Wash.The purpose of the WAMS is to validate the adequacy of the existing aids to navigation (ATON) system. WAMS focuses on the waterway’s present ATON system, marine casualty information, port/harbor resources, changes in marine vessel usage (both recreational and commercial), and future development projects. All comments are welcome until March 1, 2003


Hong Kong Emergency Wreck Buoy

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a notice stating that, effective immediately, it will mark new dangerous wrecks in Hong Kong waters with the Emergency Wreck Marking Buoy recommended by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). Notice No. 173 of 2009 (12/17/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)


Virtual AIS Beacons Employed in MH370 Search

Image courtesy of Vesper Marine

Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products and virtual Aids to Navigation (ATON), announced that its Virtual AIS Beacons are employed in the search for lost Malaysian airliner MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The international search team is a closely coordinated effort between


Video: New Channel Established on Atchafalaya River

USCG photo

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helped establish Crewboat Cut as a new federal channel in the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Wednesday. The new waterway is intended to be safer for mariners, will shorten travel time and save millions of dollars in annual dredging costs.


New Bahamas Northwest Chart Set Upgrade

Region_9_1_nv charts.jpg

nv charts announces the release of its newly updated chart set for Region 9.1, Bahamas Northwest, including Bimini and Berry Islands, Nassau to Abaco, and Grand Bahama, for 2015/2016 in paper and digital format.   The chart set includes a CD of digital charts


Donohoe Welcomes Ships’ Light Dues Arrangements

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe T.D., announced today that he has agreed arrangements with his U.K. counterpart, Minister John Hayes MP, for light dues paid by ships coming into ports in Ireland and the United Kingdom from April 2015


Canada Ill-Placed to Ensure Safety of Arctic Shipping

Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand

Canada will have trouble ensuring marine safety in the Arctic as climate change melts the sea ice and shipping increases, Parliament's environmental watchdog said on Tuesday. Canada, said Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand, had "no long-term national vision" to cope with more


USCG Recruit Training Improved by New Equipment

Coast Guard recruit company Juliet-190 become the first company to try the training centers new stationary bikes, Sept. 10, 2014. The bikes will replace the aging models and provide a safer and more intense workout for rec

  Recruits at U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May are now using a new stationary bike that is better aligned to support their training needs and requires less maintenance, which will increase the equipment's operational life span and save money.


USCG Rescues 4 after Vessel Hits Breakwall

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued four men after the 30-foot vessel they were aboard struck the breakwall on the north side of the Milwaukee Harbor entrance late Thursday evening. Just after 9:30 p.m., local time, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee received


USCG Closes Ports in Hawaii

  The US Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Hawaii Pacific, has closed ports for Big Island, Maui County to include the islands of Molokai and Lanai, and Oahu to all traffic. According to a News Release issued, all cargo operations at these ports were to be secured by 6pm yesterday.


Coast Guard Foundation's “BUY A BRICK” a Big Success

Sample of the commemorative bricks available for the Sault Ste. Marie project

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan community center program is nearing its goal and that the “Buy a Brick” program is a key


Bay Shipbuilding Awarded USCG Repair Contracts

Hollyhock (WLB-21)

Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG) subsidiary, Bay Shipbuilding Company (BSC) of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, has been awarded a USCG contract for drydock repairs to the United States Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock (WLB-21) and a second USCG repair and sustainment contract for the icebreaker Mackinaw


USCG Completes Operation Spring Restore

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Levi Read

Coast Guard aids to navigation teams throughout the Ninth Coast Guard District completed restoring the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway aids to navigation system, Friday, following a late start to the operation due to the extended ice season.


USCG Testing eATON in San Francisco Bay

Photo credit: Darren Wright (buoy in port of Baltimore.)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it is now testing 25 electronic aids to navigation (eATON) to augment existing physical aids and mark unique and potentially hazardous navigation features in the San Francisco Bay Area. Commonly referred to as “virtual” buoys


America's First 'Virtual' Aids to Navigation on Test

Electronic Chart Display: File photo

The Coast Guard informs it is now testing 25 electronic aids to navigation (eATON) to augment existing physical aids and mark unique and potentially hazardous navigation features in the San Francisco Bay Area. Commonly referred to as “virtual” buoys


America's Last Manned Lighthouse to be Renovated

Lightkeeper Sally Snowman: Photo USCG

Plans to commence a $1.1 million project to repair and renovate structures at Boston Light in order to honor the 300-year service and iconic value of Boston Light to the Coast Guard’s maritime heritage have been announced. The project


KVH Precision Sensors for Geodetics' Inertial Navigation Systems

KVH’s 1750 IMU is an ultra-compact, extremely precise inertial sensor system.

 KVH Industries entered into a strategic partnership with Geodetics Inc., a leader in the development of real-time, high-precision position and navigation solutions. The goal is to provide high performance positioning and navigation products for commercial applications requiring high levels






 
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