Features August 2010 Issue

Marine Electronics: AIS Gets Ocean Tested Near Dardanelles Strait

The latest marine navigator’s tool gets a serious workout near Turkey’s busy shipping channels.

Joe and Lee Minick added an Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver to the nav station of their Mason 43, Southern Cross, and have used it for several years in some of the most heavily traveled waters of the world. Required on large commercial vessels, AIS devices add a whole new dimension of collision avoidance, transmitting dynamic information about a vessel’s speed, course and position plus static information including a vessel’s name, call sign and Mobile Marine Service Identity (MMSI). With a Class A AIS and a more recent Class B AIS system for small craft, AIS changes the landscape in marine navigation. The Minicks’ report in Practical Sailor proves how useful AIS can be for cruisers and other small boaters.

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