10/15/2018: Recap of North American Ice Service’s 16th annual meeting focusing on modernization of ice services

The NAIS is a collaborative organization between the Ice Services of the United States and Canada that takes advantage of each members’ strengths to provide seamless ice information to government and commercial maritime interests in the Polar Regions, North American waters, and the Great Lakes.


10/11/2018: Coast Guard announces new Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook

Today in the Coast Guard’s 8th District we announced the Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook, which outlines the Commandant’s long term vision to support and grow maritime commerce in the United States. In this post, Rear Adm. John Nadeau offers a few comments regarding the outlook and its three major lines of effort.


9/25/2018: Coast Guard renews Weatherflow sensor agreement

The 10-year memorandum of agreement allows the installation of sensors on selected Coast Guard Aids to Navigation.


9/17/2018: Reports of GPS problems submitted by public now available on Navigation Center’s website

Reports of GPS problems submitted to Navigation Center through the webpage will be posted to the GPS Problem Report Status webpage after review by NAVCEN staff. Reports will be anonymized to protect the submitter’s personal information and any equipment manufacturer data. All reports made in 2018 are now available and prior years will be available in the future.


8/8/2018: Termination of U.S. Coast Guard rebroadcast of HYDROLANT and HYDROPAC information

The Coast Guard will cease the rebroadcast of HYDROLANT and HYDROPAC navigational warnings over High Frequency Simplex Teletype Over Radio service as of Aug. 30, 2018.


7/26/2018: First edition of NOAA’s ‘U.S. Coast Pilot’ containing Navigation Rules and 72 COLREGS now available

The first edition of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s U.S. Coast Pilot that includes both the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea and the Navigation Rules is now available. This newest edition covers the Atlantic Coast from Eastport, Maine to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


7/23/2018: 2018 Public Interface Control Working Group and Open Public Forum

The Global Positioning Systems Directorate has announced the 2018 Public Interface Control Working Group and Open Public Forum. The meeting will be held Sept. 12, 2018, at the TASC/Engility facility in El Segundo, California, and will be available through teleconference. The purpose of this meeting is to update the public on GPS public document revisions and collect issues/comments for analysis and possible integration into future GPS public document revisions.


7/3/2018: Is your Automated Identification System ready for Subchapter M?

During the month of June 2018, over 50 percent of towing vessels operating in U.S. waters transmitted incorrect AIS data, and an alarming number of these vessels did not accurately report their dimensions or broadcast a properly assigned MMSI number. This post provides guidance to owners/operators for verifying compliancy with AIS requirements as they work to attain a COI under Subchapter M.


6/21/2018: Changes to Inland Navigation Rules

The National Maritime Center posted a bulletin to its website to ensure that mariners and training providers are aware of changes to the Code of Federal Regulations, 33 CFR Subchapter E – Inland Navigation Rules. This change, advertised in the Federal Register Jan. 24, 2018, removed the word “danger” from rule 34. This post provides details about the change.


6/20/2018: GPS satellite maintenance

GPS users should be aware that there may be a short period of high Horizontal Dilution of Precision (HDOP) / Position Dilution of Precision (PDOP) in two locations June 22-23, 2018.


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