In this post, the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards provides an overview of a recent conference call with 55 states and territories to establish a working group to address issues related to the 2018 Vessel Incidental Discharge Act.
The zones will be established from Cape Canaveral, Florida, into the Atlantic Ocean in different areas based on the flight path. The safety zones are designed to keep vessels from entering the launch area while an active rocket launch is taking place. The first use is scheduled for a December 4 or December 5 SpaceX launch.
Checklists now include items to test for LED lighting interference with VHF radios and AIS.
Automatic Identification Systems that are non-compliant with adopted international standards can confuse, degrade or even disrupt other users’ systems. The FCC has issued an enforcement advisory stating the use of non-compliant AIS devices is illegal.
The Coast Guard’s NAVCEN launched a new online tool today that allows the maritime industry to verify compliance with AIS requirements.