Displayed below is a plot of all local vessels transmitting AIS course, position and speed signals.
Data provided with permission, MarineTraffic.com*
What is AIS? From Wikipedea:
The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automated tracking system used on ships and by Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and VTS stations. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.
A marine traffic coordinator using AIS and radar to manage vessel traffic.
An AIS-equipped system on board a ship, that presents the bearing and distance of nearby vessels in a radar-like display format.
A graphical display of AIS data on board a ship.
Information provided by AIS equipment, such as unique identification, position, course, and speed, can be displayed on a screen or an ECDIS. AIS is intended to assist a vessel's watchstanding officers and allow maritime authorities to track and monitor vessel movements. AIS integrates a standardized VHF transceiver with a positioning system such as a LORAN-C or GPS receiver, with other electronic navigation sensors, such as a gyrocompass or rate of turn indicator. Ships outside AIS radio range can be tracked with the Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system with less frequent transmission. More...
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Dislaimer: MarineTraffic.com is a third-party web application, and PortKY.com is not responsible for the reliability or accuracy of the attached content. AIS information displayed is for reference only and is not to be used for navigation.