AIS (Automatic Identification System) was introduced by the UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to increase the safety of ships and the environment, and to improve traffic monitoring and Vessel Traffic Services.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration established AIS Norway in 2005, which today consists of approximately 70 base stations that receive information about all ships over 300 gross tons.
AIS Norway registers three types of information:
- Dynamic (position, course, speed)
- Static (identity, vessel type, dimensions)
- Details on the sailing (destination, estimated time of arrival, cargo, draught)
AIS range is limited by VHF range, which is determined primarily by the height of the antenna. AIS Norway covers, with some exceptions, the area from the Norwegian baseline to 40-60 nautical miles from the coast.
AIS is an important tool in the national emergency preparedness against marine accidents and acute pollution.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration administers AIS Norway and is responsible for distributing AIS data to other governmental agencies. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centres, the Coast Guard and the police are some of the users of AIS data.
AIS data received by AIS Norway is stored over several years, making it a valuable tool for mapping transport patterns and trends for transport planning and maritime analysis.
Chart providers offer digital sailing routes to Norwegian ports
Mariners, who subscribe to electronic charts from PRIMAR, now also get access to the Norwegian Coastal Administration's digital reference routes for navigation in PRIMAR’s chart service.
Safer Shipping in the Arctic
ArcticInfo is a website that provides information about the conditions in Arctic waters, and decision support to support safer voyages. By increasing maritime safety in the High North, we reduce the risk of unwanted incidents and accidents.
New AI monitoring tool introduced in the VTS service
The Norwegian Coastal Administration will soon introduce a new digital decision support tool based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms that provides more automated monitoring of ship traffic. The tool gives VTS centres a better basis for earlier detection of unwanted and critical traffic situations.
Seeking new technology to secure GNSS signals
Would you like to help develop new support tools for the pilot service? Then you should join the dialogue conference on 28 September.
Norway contributes to shaping the future of shipping
The globally leading nations on autonomous maritime operations came together today for the very first time. They have now launched a cooperation to exchange knowledge and work towards common guidelines for future development. Norway takes part.
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