Professional Mariner - May 2014

Software integrates beacons, AIS, satellites to pinpoint location more accurately and speed up response times

During a recent incident in New York Harbor, the U.S. Coast Guard sent out a very high-frequency signal relaying a distressed vessel’s mayday message to nearby ships. However, the VHF radio coordinates were off, and the distressed vessel was found only because a nearby ship noticed the inaccuracy and used its own onboard tracking device, locating the mayday at less than one nautical mile away.