Capt. Joe crew rescued, AIS helped

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

5 Responses

  1. Roger says:

    A fortuitous outcome for the crew of Captain Joe and another medal for AIS.
    But this is just the function that DSC/VHF is intended and yet the uptake in US seems slow – Why is this?

  2. NAIS sounds useful but they claim “… vessels when they are still hundreds of miles offshore.”. They must plan on some very sensitive receivers for that distance. šŸ˜‰

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Satellites, Terry, low orbit satellites! And the design goal is 2,000 miles. Situational awareness, mate. Plus there’s an IMO global version of NAIS, though not yet fully settled on AIS as the transponder. It’s called “Long Range Identification and Tracking” (LRIT).

  4. Jim Hebert Jim Hebert says:

    I think the article was a bit misleading. I called the Coast Guard about the “automatic identification system” on the F/V CAPT. JOE, and they clarified it: it was a NOAA VMS (Vessel Monitoring System) used to track commercial fishing boats by satellite relay. It is mandatory in some areas for certain species.
    Considering all the other safety gear onboard, what does seem odd is the lack of a DSC radio that could have transmitted their exact position. According to the Coast Guard the RESCUE 21 direction finding capability was really critical in locating the boat.
    Well, in any case, a lot of modern technology helped to save those four guys. It only took about an hour from the time they sent their MAYDAY until the USCG helicopters were arriving on the scene and hoisting them aboard. That is an impressive response. Great work by the Coast Guard and all the radio systems involved.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Looks like I was misinformed by the media! Oh well, an AIS transponder and the NAIS monitoring system could have helped with the rescue.
    It might also turn out that the Capt. Joe did have a DSC radio, but the crew didn’t think to use the Distress button.
    More of Jim’s reporting on this story here:

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