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Marine vessel Operations Management Platform uses GPS for increased safety

by gps4us news 2011-12-29 12:24

safety_marine_operationsMarine vessel operators, ocean researchers and oceanographers are increasingly using GPS data for underwater surveying, buoy placement, and navigational hazard location and mapping. Commercial fishing fleets use GPS to navigate to optimum fishing locations, track fish migrations. To further ensure the safety of marine vessels in all weather conditions an enhancement to the basic GPS signal known as Differential GPS, the DGPS, provides much higher precision and increased safety in its coverage areas for maritime operations. Most of the modern GPS enabled solutions for on the water operations use differential GPS for harbor navigation including buoy positioning, sweeping, and dredging. Standardization organizations around the world are working together to develop performance standards for Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems, which use GPS and DGPS for positioning information. These systems are increasing marine vessel safety by revolutionizing on the water navigation and are leading to the replacement of paper nautical charts by rendering marine maps and charts on sophisticated multi functional displays. With differential GPS, position and radar information can be integrated and displayed on an electronic chart, forming the basis of the Integrated Bridge System which is being installed on commercial vessels of all types. Crew members also use personal GPS navigators with enhanced safety features designed to float in the water and work in severe weather conditions. 

Smart container GPS trackingGPS is playing an increasingly important role in the management of the automated container placement in the world's largest ports and harbors. GPS technology, coupled with geographic information system software, is key to the efficient management and operation of maritime port facilities and better marine vessel safety. GPS navigation system helps  facilitate the automation of the pick-up, transfer, and placement process of regular and smart containers by tracking them from port entry to exit. Smart container technology utilises the GPS awareness information available via secure interface in the operations management platform distributed database. With millions of container shipments being placed in port terminals annually, introducing the highly granular GPS enabled container placement information system has greatly reduced the number of lost or misdirected containers and lowered associated operation costs.

GPS information is embedded within a system known as the Automatic Identification System transmission. The Automatic Identification System specifications are endorsed by the International Maritime Organization, and used as standard platform for vessel traffic control around busy seaways. This service is not only vital for navigation, but is increasingly used to bolster the security of ports and waterways by providing marine vessel management process with greater situational awareness of commercial vessels and their cargo. 

Multi functional display of safe marine navigation systemAutomatic Identification System uses a transponder system that operates in the very high frequency maritime band and is capable of communicating ship to ship as well as ship to shore improving marine vessel safety by transmitting information relating to ship identification, geographic location, vessel type and its cargo information.  The system performs in real-time and is fully automated. The current ship's GPS position is uploaded and embedded in these transmissions, such that most essential information about marine vessel movements and cargo specifics, as well as smart container distribution patterns is rendered by multi functional displays by means of electronic topographic maps and charts. The safety and security of vessels using this system is significantly enhanced. 

Marine safety radarIn open sea and in congested harbors and waterways availability of the vessel's most current and precise position in real time is crucial for marine vessel safety and efficient navigation. Accurate positioning information, speed and heading are needed to ensure the vessel reaches its destination in the safest, most economical and timely fashion in given weather conditions. As the marine vessel departs from or arrives in port vessel traffic and other waterway hazards make maneuvering more difficult, and the risk of accidents becomes greater. An integrated end to end marine vessel fleet management solution which includes all necessary components for enhanced safety of marine vessel fleet includes an automatic identification system coupled with the differential global positioning and geographic information systems. This improved operations management platform is further open for adopting an additional civilian signals provided by the modernized global positioning system for increased accuracy, unlimited availability, and better integrity of all major marine operations including search and rescue.


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