A Case Study of Hibernia Illustrating the Benefits of AIS Transponders on Oilrigs
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ATLANTIC DARTMOUTH (CANADA)
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Automatic Identification Systems AIS are VHF transponders that continuously transmit detailed information about the vessels on which they are deployed. This information includes the ships identity, course, destination, cargo, and position. As of the end of 2004, the use of AIS is mandatory for most international vessel traffic. This paper proposes that an AIS transponder be installed on the Hibernia oilrig, that the AIS data received by it be fused with ship tracks from Hibernias radar systems, and that these fused tracks be forwarded to the Marine Security Operations Centre MSOC at TRINITY by satellite communications. It also describes the benefits for Hibernia and Canadas Recognized Maritime Picture, and so makes the case for AIS installations on other offshore platforms. The paper explores two options for ensuring that the track data are forwarded for the foreseeable future by individual contractual arrangements or by new government regulations requiring the collection of AIS data by oilrigs more generally. The latter would provide permanent, more extensive coverage than individual contractual arrangements could promise.
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