AIS, also known as the Automatic Identification System, was initially a standalone unit for reference for watchkeeping officers, writes Emma Forbes-Gearey, Loss Prevention Officer at North Standard, in an article warning against relying on AIS to avoid collisions.
While most vessels have integrated bridge systems and can overlay AIS data onto radar screens. Forbes Geary said that West had recently seen several AIS-assisted collisions. It has therefore advised that “solely using the AIS for collision avoidance purposes must never be undertaken by the bridge team”.
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