Friday, October 24, 2014

PortVision Receives License to Directly Transmit Safety Messages

By Mark Edward Nero

Maritime business systems company PortVision says it has received a license from the US Federal Communications Commission that allows it to transmit automated identification systems, or AIS, safety messages directly to vessels that appear to be encroaching on fixed asset infrastructure such as offshore pipelines.

PortVision has been using AIS to notify asset owners of encroachment since 2006, but now with FCC and USCG approval, it can go a step further: instead of just notifying users by email or SMS when vessels approach, slow, or stop near their fixed assets, PortVision can transmit an AIS-addressed safety message directly to the wheelhouse of the encroaching vessel.

The automated notification can be displayed within modern Electronic Chart Display & Information System displays, or as an alert on the Class A AIS transponder. PortVision says the intent is to proactively interact with all stakeholders in an effort to increase safety and protect both life and property.

PortVision, which is based in Houston, but also has offices in San Diego and New Jersey, has been working with coastal and marine operators since 2012 to use AIS and related technology to improve safety around offshore pipelines.

The company says its initial use of the new technology will be in a joint pilot project with coastal and marine operators and Port Fourchon, a seaport in Louisiana on the Gulf of Mexico.