Automatic Identification System Aids to Navigation (AIS ATON)
Captain Yashwant Chhabra, has written a couple articles for the newsletter on the Prevention of Collisions and has shared some materials condensed and highlighted here.
In an article posted on the gCaptain website in February 2014, Captain Madden, spoke of the AIS assisted buoys whose first noted use was probably in Mombasa, Kenya. These ‘high performance” buoys were called AIS Aids to Navigation (ATON or AIS ATON and enhance the physical buoy on radar and ECDIS.
On another the website, Ocean Navigator, in 2013, by Tim Queeny, a reference to so called Virtual AIS (VAIS) was used; this and other virtual navigation aids were used in super yacht competitions and according to the article, VAIS “…can be used to show ‘area special messages,’ shapes and zones that mark temporary hazard areas, anchorage areas, security zones or a variety of other information”.