Commercial Vessel Compliance

2/19/2015: Cooperative research and development agreement – Western Rivers e-AtoN technology demonstration

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The Coast Guard announces its intent to enter into a cooperative research and development agreement, or CRADA, to prepare for a demonstration, the “Ohio River eNav Technology Demonstration” of electronic navigation, or eNav, technology to be conducted by the Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

The eNav demonstration will involve the transmission of navigation safety and environmental information via automatic identification system, or AIS, technology to the electronic charting system displays on bridges of commercial vessels that are operating in the test area.

The purpose of the demonstration is to:

• Identify the extent to which mariners would benefit from the distribution of e-AtoN information
• Identify the policy changes, infrastructure and level of effort needed by the Coast Guard and its partner agencies to operate and maintain this technology

The geographic area to be covered by the Ohio River eNav Technology Demonstration includes the Ohio River from Markland Lock (north of Louisville, KY) to the mouth of the Ohio River, and reaches of the Mississippi River within 45 statute miles of its confluence with the Ohio River.

The Coast Guard needs end user participants, who are commercial operators that regularly operate in the Ohio River eNav Technology Demonstration test area, to receive the information via AIS.

While the Coast Guard is currently considering partnering with Rose Point Navigation Systems, and CNS, Inc., it solicits public comment on the possible participation of other parties in the proposed CRADA, and the nature of that participation.

Comments must be submitted on or before March 23, 2015.

View the Federal Register notice for full details.

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