New AIS Aerial in the Caribbean on St Barts

Our latest AIS aerial  on St Barthelemy in the Caribbean has just gone live. If only I could go out and test it! Thanks to Emmanuel at Jicky Marine Service

http://boatbeaconapp.com/station/7017

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Our AIS aerial on top of Jicky Marine Service’s office.

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Jicky Marine’s office from the other side of the Harbour

 

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Plan of Gustavia  looking from the land side out to sea (North is bottom right) showing the office location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SeaNav now has official Canadian Marine charts

SeaNav now has official Canadian charts available provided  by the Canadian Hydrographic service (CHS) covering the whole of the Canadian coast and main inland waters. Includes the Northern parts of the Great lakes, St Lawrence River and Seaway, Vancouver and lots lots more. Before now this complete set of Canadian digital marine charts would have set you back a few thousand dollars. Now you can get them all via a $29.99 ( 34.99 CAD) In App Purchase (IAP) in both  our SeaNav US and SeaNav HD   apps for iPhone and iPad.

Here is a map showing the chart coverage (outlines in red). You can also check the coverage in our app before you purchase . The Canadian charts will be outlined in blue and marked with CA.

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Here is a screenshot of the new charts covering Vancouver - loads more detail when you zoom in :)

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Hoegh Osaka – replay of grounding in 2 and 3D

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We used our AIS Fleetwatch service  to replay the final moments before the Hoegh Osaka was deliberately grounded on Bramble Bank in Southampton. You can watch the speeded up replay on 2D and 3D here http://youtu.be/5fW_LRDWUPo . Interestingly our replay correctly shows the ship heading onto the bank in a Northerly direction before she grounds. Other replays incorrectly show her moving sideways onto the bank. It may be that the gyros failed on the ship just before she started listing badly resulting in the list and an incorrect ship’s heading being sent.

 

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New AIS Aerial at Davidstow Airfield, Cornwall

As part of the ongoing work to improve our global AIS coverage we have installed a new AIS aerial to provide better real time coverage for the seas around Cornwall in the UK.  There is a disused airfield at Davidstow. It was Coastal Command’s highest airfield in the UK at 300m (1000′) above sea level; a perfect place to get a long range view of the surrounding sea,  to the North, West and South of Cornwall.  We used a Digital Yacht AIS Net base station for the AIS receiver with a Shakespeare 6db AIS tuned aerial. There is no internet connection at the museum so we used a Huawei E3551 3G dongle and the excellent EE 3/4G data service to backhaul the AIS data to our servers.  You can check the live coverage from the new aerial here:-  http://boatbeaconapp.com/station/5353

Here is my son installing the aerial on the tower at the airfield.

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The DY AIS receiver hooked up at the base of the aerial.

 

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and live ships –  10,000 square miles of coverage including two major ports at Falmouth and Plymouth :)

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Many thanks to Steve at Davidstow Airfield and Cornwall at War Museum who is kindly letting us use his tower to mount the aerial on  (giving us another 12m (40′) of elevation :) . The museum is very well worth visiting if you are in the area and even if you are not.

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Fleet & Port Watch – AIS Commercial Port, Ship and Fleet Management

 

Pocket Mariner provide professional and economical port, ship and fleet management services and apps for Ports, Harbour Authorities, Fleet Managers and Shipping Agents. Our most recent deployment is with Portsmouth International Port and Portsmouth Pilots. Read more below and please contact us at fleetwatch@pocketmariner.com  or telephone +44 1291 689202

 

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Fleet and Port Watch – AIS ship monitoring service

Fleet and Port Watch provides real time AIS feeds, VHF Voice channel monitoring, alerts, historic event information and ship movement and voice traffic playback for all the ships in your fleet or port, both around port and coastal areas using our network of AIS shore stations to anywhere across the globe using our isAIS system.

Alerts include area entry, exit and crossing (GeoFences), directional traversal across boundaries and status alerts (arrivals and departures). Playback allows you to replay all shipping movements in your area second by second from any time in the past to assist with event investigation, demurrage reduction, resource utilisation, market research, training etc. AIS feeds can be used to power navigation systems such as those on Portable Pilot Units (PPUs) and other monitoring equipment.

Ships, alerts and playback are easily configured, managed and viewed using a dedicated and secure Fleet Watch web interface.

Fleet and Port Watch monitors and records live ship positions via our local and global AIS services and when an event is triggered, forwards an alert via email. The alert email includes details on the alert including maps of the alert area and ships around the ship’s current position. These maps can also be viewed via the web interface in 2D and 3D.

Our real time AIS feeds can also be used to power network aware AIS marine applications and systems such as  our own SeaNav AIS Marine Charts and Navigation apps and third party systems like Portable Pilot Units (e.g.  SevenCs Orca G2 pilot. ).

Pocket Mariner also provide global real time AIS monitoring and surveillance for ships far out of reach of shore based AIS systems using our innovative  Internet over Satellite AIS (iSAIS) service. with 98% global coverage (using Inmarsat services). Here is an example from one of the ships we monitor 75 miles off the coast of Nigeria http://boatbeaconapp.com/station/7002 .

More details on the service configuration and use are provided below. If you are interested in learning more please contact us at  business@pocketmariner.com or phone +44 1291 689202.

1. Manage your ships

Enter the details  including MMSI and IMO for the ships you want to monitor. Select a ship to view its recent alerts, photo and last alert.

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View your fleet’s current positions and status on a world map.

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2. Configure Alerts

Geofences lets you configure alerts for all ships or just your fleet ships.  Alerts are available on entering or leaving an area, crossing a cardinal line and arrival and departures in a specific area or anywhere in the world.  When an alert fires an email is sent to all the alert addressees containing details for the event including a map of where the ship triggered the event and a live map of the ship’s current position.

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Drop down to the detail view to see the geofence alert position on a map to help you identify and set it.

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3. Browse events

Use the Ships tab to see details on the most recent events for a ship.

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Tap on an event and see a map showing where and when it happened.

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4. Playback ship movements

Fleet Watch can record all the AIS data and VHF Voice traffic for your port or area of interest. We typically keep the data for the last 30 days but this can be for as long as you wish, through months and years or forever. You can retrieve ship movements from any day and time in your Fleet Watch past in seconds and replay them synchronised with the VHF Voice traffic on our web map 2D and 3D views with chart overlays and via dedicated internet ports to other AIS apps like our iOS and Mac SeaNav chart plotter and marine navigation apps and SevenCs Orca G2 Pilot.

Here is the playback management view for Portsmouth International port.

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Fleet Watch lets you set up any number of playback ports to allow multiple users to view the same or different replay scenarios at the same time. This is particularly useful for training or analysis, allowing a team of users to “virtually board” separate ships during playback and record their viewpoints.

Select a record to access the Play/Pause and Rewind controls for that period.

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Tap the Start/Pause button to stop and start playback. Select “View history playback” to watch the playback on a live map. At the same time you can connect via the TCP port (Port number) to view the data on your favourite Chart/AIS Plotting devices and Apps. You can pause the replay at any time and pick-up from where you left off by hitting play again. Tap Rewind to start playing from the beginning of the selected period again.

Output from the playback can be captured to video for viewing again and also for replaying at faster than real time rates.

You can see an example of a short video recording (1.5 minutes) replaying the arrival and docking of the Normandie ferry at Portsmouth International Port here :- http://youtu.be/5Jc4Y9qvKwQ 

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Select the Edit tab to pick and change the replay time with a simple calendar. The time server will retrieve the archive and place it ready to start playing at the time you selected. Go back to the Browser view and hit Play to start from the new date and time.

Also now in 3D - http://boatbeaconapp.com/portwatch/fleetwatch3d.php - select a ship in 2D and tap  show in 3D to centre on the ship in the 3D view.


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Transas iSailor app now powered by Pocket Mariner’s live AIS service

Pocket Mariner’s real time AIS data and photo API service has been selected by Transas , a global leader in marine navigation systems, to use with their iSailor iPhone and iPad app. The latest version 1.7.0 of their app  now provides a real time map view of ships around you with instant details including name, range and bearing together with a photo of the ship to help you recognise it.

You can get the latest version of  iSailor from the app store now

IMG_0022           Mikhail Andrianov, Product Manager at Transas says “We are really excited to provide our Transas iSailor users with live AIS data on their charts via the Internet. Pocket Mariner’s live AIS API, SDK and sample code made integration with our product easy and fast. This option makes it possible to show on charts the next AIS target types: AIS Class A, AIS Class B, AtoN (Aids-To-Navigation, virtual or real), Shore Base Stations. This functionality will be useful for users of different kinds: from sailors, boaters or water tourists, – who have no AIS Class B or receivers on board to ship owners, dockers and marine logistics personnel, who need to monitor vessel traffic in a given area. To use this functionality, you will have to have WiFi, 3G or 4G/LTE internet access on your Apple device.” Steve Bennett, Pocket Mariner’s CEO commented: “This is another great endorsement of Pocket Mariner’s “real time” AIS data service and API’s that we use to power our own Marine Navigation Apps and we look forward to providing additional AIS data services enabling Transas’ iSailor users to share their boat’s position and course in real time using our internet AIS transmit and track api’s”.   IMG_0052

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Portsmouth Pilots choose Pocket Mariner’s live AIS Data service

Pocket Mariner’s real time AIS data service has been selected by the Pilots at Portsmouth International Port  to use with their Portable Pilot Units (PPUs) running SevenCs ORCA Pilot G2 solution.  The Pilots use Pocket Mariner’s real time AIS data feed to display live ship positions and courses on and around their client’s ship as they travel out to pilot it. Ben McInnes, Deputy Harbour Master and Portsmouth Pilot said: “The real time internet AIS feed allows us to “virtually board” the ship and assess the situation before we even get there.”

Steve Bennett, Pocket Mariner’s CEO commented: “This is a great endorsement of Pocket Mariner’s “real time” AIS data service that we use to power our own Marine Navigation Apps and we look forward to providing additional AIS data services including geo-fence event triggering and historic replay capabilities for Portsmouth International Port”.

Here is a screenshot of live ship traffic around Portsmouth using the Pocket Mariner AIS service and SeaNav charting app:-

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To learn more about Pocket Mariner’s AIS data services, SDK and API’s please email us at business@pocketmariner.com
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New NAVIOTAB+ tablet with built-in Boat Beacon for AIS

 

We have been working with IntelliWeather Inc. who have been developing an exciting new marine-rated rugged and waterproof navigation tablet device. The device is now launched and we are delighted they chose to build in our Boat Beacon AIS – Marine Navigation app  to provide a fully operational AIS collision avoidance system. Here are some more details on this exciting new device.

 

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A new IP66 rated waterproof and dirtproof Android tablet for marine use provides an all-in-one solution at a fraction of the cost of traditional separate marine electronic devices. It provides navigation, AIS collision avoidance, weather radar, weather bulletins, communications, entertainment, and optional fish finder/sounding capability in one portable device.

The NAVIOTAB+ tablet has been introduced by IntelliWeather Inc., a provider of weather instrumentation, weather display systems, and weather content and comes pre-loaded with ready to run applications and navigation charts for the United States. The user has options to purchase additional navigation charts for most regions of the world provided by Navionics. In addition, in an agreement with PocketMariner of the United Kingdom, the NAVIOTAB+ comes ready to use with a fully operational AIS collision avoidance system. Making use of the built-in GPS and Internet connectivity capabilities to provide a real-time AIS radar like display of vessels near your position in highly trafficked ports and navigable waterways worldwide. This provides an extra level of accuracy and protection allowing you to “see and be seen” with or without MMSI registration.

The NAVIOTAB+ also comes equipped with free weather radar plots and weather bulletins in the USA, including marine weather bulletins. The data is provided free by NOAA and has no subscription requirements. All that is required for live weather radar data and live AIS is an Internet connection via the built-in 3G/4G data capability of the NAVIOTAB+. This can be via a SIM card and most any cellular data carrier that supports a “bring your own” plan for connectivity. Alternately, NAVIOTAB+ can communicate via any 3G/4G capable cellphone that is WiFi hotspot enabled, or any other WiFi Internet connection.

When equipped with a SIM card and cellular data/voice plan, users can initiate and receive telephone calls using the built-in speaker/microphone, earphone, or use a Bluetooth enabled speaker or headset like they would with any cell-phone. Web browsing, email, and MMS messaging are also standard features.

As an entertainment system, NAVIOTAB+ provides a built-in FM radio tuner as well as streaming music services such as Pandora Internet Radio (free) and Sirius XM radio (subscription). Both come installed and can be operated without external antennas. Movies can also be played from streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and others as well as locally stored files.

Unlike traditional marine electronics, the NAVIOTAB+ is not married to your boat, it can be taken “on the go” anywhere as a regular tablet and can also serve as an automobile navigation system via the built-in Google Maps application.

To round out the features, with the addition of a DEEPER Bluetooth enabled transducer, fish finding, water temperature, and depth sounding capability can be added to the NAVIOTAB+.
A powerful 10,000 mAH Lithium-Ion battery provides operation which can exceed 8 hours. The tablet can also be continuously charged/powered directly from your boat via the included Blue Sea Systems marine rated 12 volt cigarette lighter to USB power adapter and the included USB power cable.
Sporting a Quad-core 1.2 GHz A9 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 8GB of FLASH storage, the NAVIOTAB+ is fast and responsive. Storage can be expanded up to an additional 32GB with insertion of a micro SD storage card. The bright 7″ screen is protected by toughened scratch resistant glass and can be seen in daylight, plus offers automatic dimming for night use. The built-in GPS receiver system does not require an external antenna, and is accurate to within 3 meters (10 feet).
Weighing just 1.36 pounds, NAVIOTAB+ is easily portable, and easy to secure to windshields, dashboards, and rails with a wide variety of readily available tablet mounting systems. It also comes with a palm rest/strap to enable portable use.
Tally up and compare the cost of all the separate marine rated devices that are replaced by the NAVIOTAB+ and you’ll understand why it makes the most sense for the recreational boater that doesn’t want to spend a fortune on getting their boat equipped. For the professional mariner, NAVIOTAB+ also makes a great backup system for your bridge, or as an emergency navigation system.
The NAVIOTAB+ has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $649.00.

Dealer inquiries are invited.

For further information these resources are available.

PRODUCT WEBSITE: http://naviotab.com

SPEC SHEET: http://naviotab.com/docs/NavioTab+_flyer.pdf

 

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Adding a set of waypoints or marks in SeaNav

Here is how to import a list of Latitude and Longitude positions as a set of waypoints and route  into SeaNav.

Step 1. Create a spreadsheet with the Latitudes and Longitudes either in Degrees, Minutes, Seconds or Decimal degrees with a header line including latitude and longitude like so:-

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One caveat – If your co-ordinates are West of the meridian like mine are you will need to enter them as negative values before dropping on the kml converter! Ditto south of the equator.

I use google docs to create the spreadsheet and then download it as a csv or excel spreadsheet to my desktop.

Step 2. Next use this excellent free online converter tool at http://www.mapsdata.co.uk/online-file-converter/

If you have entered the co-ordinates in decimal degrees then you can just drag and drop the xls/cvs  file you have just created and downloaded onto the kml converter tool:-

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But if like me you are stuck in the DD MM SS  world then you need to use their Convert DMS to decimal” tool first. Drag your xls/csv file onto it , edit the resulting csv file to change the existing DMS latitude and longitude fields to a different name, e.g. dmslatitude etc. and then drop the resulting file onto the KML Converter box above.

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Step 3. Convert the kml to a kmz file. Simply compress/zip the resulting kml file and rename the extension from .zip to .kmz.

e.g. ClubMarks.kml -zip-> ClubMarks.kml.zip  -re-name-> ClubMarks.kmz

and then email the kmz to yourself so you can pick it up in email on your iPhone.

Open it in the iPhone email client. Here are screenshots of the final step of the import process:-

Open the email and tap the kmz icon.

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Press the button at the top right to import the file.

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Select your flavor of SeaNav (UK, US ) from the list of options to open the file with:-

 

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And there are the three waypoints in SeaNav:-

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Here is a set of Club marks for the Marina Del Rey Yacht club created using the technique above and displayed in google earth and in SeaNav

 

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Latest US NOAA Charts update for SeaNav

As part of our regular chart updating the latest set of the US NOAA charts is now available for our SeaNav US apps.

There are over 40 new charts including new detailed coverage for the whole of Lake Champlain in VT (much requested) , Lake Mead and Lake Tahoe in CA, The St Lawrence river up to Brockville in NY and several new approach scale (5) maps for areas in the Great Lakes (MI).

Here is a screenshot of the new Lake Champlain chart around Burlington.

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The full list of new charts is given below with their name, update date and NOAA ENC Chart number:-

Goodnews Bay, 2014-03-31|US4AK84M

San Francisco Bay to Antioch, 2014-06-06|US4CA17M

Gambier Bay, Stephens Passage, 2014-01-02|US5AK0BM

Bay of Pillars and Rowan Bay, Chatham Strait;Washington Bay, Chatham Strait, 2014-05-05|US5AK0FM

Southern Entrances to Sumner Strait, 2014-03-20|US5AK41M

San Christoval Channel to Cape Lynch, 2014-03-18|US5AK44M

Foggy Bay and Ryus Bay, 2014-03-13|US5AK49M

Northern part of Tlevak Strait and Uloa Channel, 2014-03-31|US5AK4DM

N. end of Cordova Bay and Hetta Inlet, 2014-05-08|US5AK4IM

Harbor Charts-Clarence Strait and Behm Canal Dewey Anchorage, Etolin Island;Ratz Harbor, Prince of Wales Island;Naha Bay, Revillagigedo Island;Tolstoi and Thorne Bays, Prince of Wales ls.;Union Bay, Cleveland Peninsula,  2014-05-28|US5AK4OM

Alitak Bay-Cape Alitak to Moser Bay, 2014-04-01|US5AK5MM

Bays and Anchorages, Kodiak Island Karluk Anchorage;Larsen Bay;Uyak Anchorage, 2014-05-27|US5AK5SM

Rockport Landing and Shelter Cove, 2014-03-07|US5CA15M

San Francisco Bay to Antioch, 2014-04-11|US5CA17M

Half Moon Bay, 2014-02-24|US5CA53M

El Segundo and Approaches, 2014-05-15|US5CA59M

Santa Monica Bay;King Harbor2014-04-11, 2014-05-15|US5CA63M

Santa Cruz Channel, 2014-03-27|US5CA66M

Anacapa Passage;Prisoners Harbor, 2014-03-18|US5CA67M

Trinidad Harbor, 2014-02-06|US5CA91M

Albion to Caspar, 2014-01-30|US5CA93M

Cape Mendocino and vicinity, 2014-03-04, 2014-05-22|US5CA95M

Bodega and Tomales Bays;Bodega Harbor, 2014-05-29|US5CA96M

Drakes Bay,  2014-04-17|US5CA97M

Lake Tahoe, 2014-05-12|US5CA98M

Lake Mead, 2014-04-08, 2014-05-27|US5CA99M

Suisun Bay Middle Ground to New York Slough, 2014-01-29|US5CA9AM

Ossabaw and St. Catherines Sounds , 2014-04-10, 2014-06-05|US5GA16M

St Marys River – Vicinity of Neebish Island, 2014-02-10|US5MI50M

Stoneport Harbor and Presque Isle Harbor, 2014-03-04|US5MI66M

South Haven;Port Sheldon;Saugatuck Harbor, 2014-01-30|US5MI89M

Morristown, N.Y. to Butternut, Ont., 2014-01-17|US5NY61M

Butternut Bay, Ont., to Ironsides l., N.Y., 2014-01-17|US5NY62M

Ironsides l., N.Y., to Bingham l., Ont., 2014-01-17|US5NY63M

Gananoque, Ont., to St. Lawrence Park. N.Y., 2014-01-17|US5NY64M

Round I., N.Y., and Gananoque, Ont., to Wolfe I., Ont, 2014-01-29|US5NY65M

Las Mareas, 2014-02-07|US5PR41M

Port Royal Sound and Inland Passages, 2014-04-10|US5SC21M

Riviere Richelieu to South Hero Island, 2014-05-01|US5VT01M

Cumberland Head to Four Brothers Islands, 2014-05-01|US5VT02M

Four Brothers Islands to Barber Point, 2014-05-01|US5VT03M

Barber Point to Whitehall, 2014-05-01|US5VT04M

Burlington Harbor, 2014-05-01|US5VT05M

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