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Using Automatic Identification System (AIS) Data to Assess Collision and Grounding Risk in U.S. Coastal Ports

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ERDC Vicksburg United States

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The conventional approach to navigation risk assessment is qualitative and relies on the subjective input of waterway users. Quantitative and objective approaches are needed to monitor and report on safety, identify navigation projects and channels where risks are high, and determine where improvements in design, construction, or maintenance might reduce the potential for accidents and associated losses. This study develops, demonstrates, and evaluates a method of using archival automatic identification system data to quantify collision and grounding risk to support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mission with respect to design, construction, and maintenance of navigation channels. The methods are demonstrated in five coastal ports, including Boston, Massachusetts Charleston, South Carolina Jacksonville, Florida Calcasieu River, Louisiana and Columbia River, Oregon.

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