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r  Navitus Bay Wind Park (West of Isle of Wight)

r  Cowes Harbour Small Craft Channel

r  The 2012 Re-enactment of the 1851 One Hundred Sovereigns Race

r  YOSC Commodore - Article in Yateley News & Mail

r  YOSC 20th Anniversary - Article in Yateley News & Mail

r  Saint Cast Marina

r  Eric Twiname Memorial Trust

r  Winch Servicing

r  Sailing a Pilot Cutter

r  Channel Islands Health Insurance

r  Trips abroad to be logged

r  Navigation Aids


COWES HARBOUR SMALL CRAFT CHANNEL


NAVITUS BAY WIND PARK

For details of this proposed development - see the Navitus Bay website at: www.navitusbaywindpark.co.uk

ORIGINAL NOTICE - 1 March 2012 - from RYA Southern Region

Message to all RYA Affilaited Clubs Dated 1 March 2012
From Malcolm Palmer, RYA Southern Region Enviormental Co-ordinator

Dear all,

I went to the Eneco exhibition in Poole last week and they are well aware there will be a lot of opposition on a number of grounds (much of which is outside our remit). There were protesters outside from Swanage! The Eneco team conceded that in any sort of adverse conditions recreational boaters will go around the wind farm for safety reasons and that represents a potentially substantial detour for cross channel trips from the Western Solent or Poole.

They are aware that their research on traffic to date has been very reliant on AIS logs and that the recreational sector would barely show up in that. They are going to do some logging using radar during this season.

I also raised the issue that their round of exhibitions did not go further east than the New Forest. Helen Cassini indicated indicated that she would be willing to try to arrange a talk to, for instance, a group of clubs in the East Solent who requested it. This would not be a ‘public meeting’ as such. I have already put someone who is involved in a Hamble bertholders group in touch with her. Her email address is Helen.Cassini@eneco.com

The regional committee is very aware that this whole development is becoming a very sensitive issue if there is a feeling that clubs want top discuss the implications fully please let me know and we will find a suitable place for our discussion. Please send any response to mailing@ryasr.org.uk I am about to change my email address but I will not change my RYASR one.

Best regards

Richard Brown

Sec. RYA Southern

 

Click on the following links to the relevant documents concerning the Application for the first phase of this project for the construction of a meteorological mast (“met mast”) in order to establish the wind resource available at the Project area.

Eneco Link 1 – Navitus Bay Wind Park (West of Wight)
Meteorological Mast –  Navigational Safety Risk Assessment

Eneco Link 2 – Navitus Bay Wind Park (West of Wight)
Supporting Environmental Information - Meteoroloigical Mast Application

 

UPDATE 1 - 30 March 2014 - From Royal Yacht Squadron

To:  South Coast Yacht and Sailing Clubs
March 30 2014

Dear Commodore

 

Navitus Bay Wind Park: Timetable and Steps to be Taken

We are aware that there is still great concern amongst sailors over the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park.  This letter explains the current status of the proposal, and how clubs and individuals can prepare to make their views heard during the planning examination. You CAN do something and as users of the area we MUST do something.

You may have seen that the developer, NBDL, recently made a small reduction to its planned wind farm. However, at 155 sq km it would still be bigger than Paris and just under half the area of the Isle of Wight. It would still have up to 194 turbines. The turbines may as tall as 650ft. It would still sit in an extremely popular and busy area for leisure sailing. With around three-quarters of the site inside the recommended 12 nautical mile limit, it still represents a significant risk to navigation and to our recreational amenity.  We do not expect the plan to change again before it is submitted.

The period of formal public consultation by NBDL is over but that does not mean it is a done deal. The application to develop the site is likely to be submitted to the National Infrastructure Planning Inspectorate (‘PINS’) on 10 April 2014.

You are asked to read the page on this link: http://www.challengenavitus.org.uk/the-planning-process.html. We also advise everyone to subscribe to Challenge Navitus for email updates as they will explain what to do and when. People who are interested in registering their views should start to think about a short summary of their concerns for submission in May.  The developer’s website is www.navitusbaywindpark.co.uk.

It is important to realise that the Inspectors will be concerned only with planning issues. Risks to navigation, loss of amenity, economic impacts on clubs, marinas and local businesses are all valid planning issues. They will take reasoned and evidenced arguments very seriously. Petitions or multiple copies of identical letters will carry little weight.

Together we can ensure that the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change will be fully aware of all of our views over this proposal when he comes to make his final decision next year.

It is vital that clubs and individuals make their views known in the examination process in order to communicate the depth and breadth of concern in the sailing community.

David Aisher

Rear Commodore Yachting, Royal Yacht Squadron

 

UPDATE 2 - 20 May 2014 - From RYA Southern Region

The following document has been received from Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager. This document, below, gives clear guidance on what actions could be taken by clubs and members wishing to continue the objection to the proposed development of a wind farm in Poole Bay. Clubs and individuals can raise other issues but as explained in the last paragraph of Stuart’s note the Planning Inspectorate  may ask for further evidence on the issues that are raised. The Planning Inspectorate are holding an information forum at The Wessex Hotel, West Cliff Hotel, Bournemouth BH2 5EU on Thursday 22nd May from 1400 to 1900. Further information on the planning process can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/south-east/navitus-bay-wind-park/

You will be aware that the Application by Navitus Bay Development Limited for an Order Granting Development Consent for the Navitus Bay Wind Park has been accepted by the Secretary of State for examination. As a result, members of the public can now register as interested parties. If and when you decide to register, you must include an outline of the principal submissions you intend to make in relation to the application. You cannot reserve a right to make a representation later without providing an outline of the points you intend to submit at this stage. These representations have assisted us when preparing our proposals as how to examine this application.

The RYA has responded at every stage to the applicant’s pre-application consultation proposals and many of the points addressed in the RYA Position on Offshore Renewable Wind Energy have been resolved to our satisfaction. Nevertheless, The RYA registration representation includes the following principal points that it wishes the Planning Inspectorate to consider in planning the examination:

Navigational risk “The development if consented will increase the risk to navigation. The tolerability of the increased risk, the suitability of measures proposed in mitigation and their applicability to small craft needs to be scrutinised.

Tidal Streams “The charted tidal stream diamonds for the Navitus Bay area relate to tidal stream data collated in 1948. It needs to be demonstrated that this has been considered in the NRA.

Safety Zones - The RYA will resist any application for an operational safety zone unless there is compelling support for one in the NRA.

Export Cable Landfall “This and cable protection should not affect navigable under keel clearance on recreational routes.

Site Layout and Turbine Size “The site layout is yet to be determined. The RYA is opposed to mixed arrays and would prefer generating capacity to be provided by fewer yet larger turbines to provide more sea room in a uniform layout.

Usability of South Coast Ports - The impact of phased construction and O&M traffic on the usability on south coast ports and the western Solent needs examination. The western Solent including the Needles fairway should not be used by construction traffic.

Marking and Lighting €“Lighting must conform to GLA requirements at all times.

Cross Channel recreational vessel routes - The potential adverse effects on transit times must be examined.

Location “Most ofthe development is within 12 nautical miles of the coast. This has generated considerable hostility from those who must endure the disruption of construction and the impact of the project on the local community during its operational life.

Socio-economic Impact - The loss of amenity to leisure boaters and the potential risk to the many local SMEs dependent on them must be balanced with the perceived benefits of the development in terms of economic opportunity.

During the examination an interested party will have the opportunity to provide more detailed evidence about the matters raised in the relevant registration representation, by making a written representation. Greater weight may be given to statements if reliable and up-to-date information or robust evidence to support them is provided. Local residents may also have specific information about their area which could be of use to the Examining Authority. You don’t have to be a technical expert in order to support such statements. Just explaining how a project may affect your day-to-day life may be as valuable to the examination as more technical evidence.

Finally, please note that the deadline for registration is Monday 23 June 2014 at 11:59pm

Richard Brown

Deputy Chairman

RYA Southern Region

 

SEA USERS

Navitus Bay has undertaken surveys of marine traffic in the area to assess navigational safety in proximity to the proposed wind park. See: www.yosc.org.uk/navitusbay.pdf

 

UPDATE 3 - 11 September 2014

Navitus Bay Wind Farm

On 8 May 2014 the Planning Inspectorate accepted for examination Navitus Bay Development Limited's development consent application for the Navitus Bay Wind Park. In accordance with Section 56 of the Planning Act 2008 we publicised this acceptance decision and made the application documentation available for public viewing.
 

The preliminary meeting took place on Thursday 11 September 2014. The Examining Authority will shortly be issuing a notification (Rule 8 letter) to interested parties which sets the timetable for examination including deadlines for receipt of detailed written representations, the local impact report and for comments on others’ representations. The notification will also be published on the Navitus Bay project page of the Planning Inspectorate’s website and available on request from NavitusBay@infrastructure.gsi.gov.uk and the Planning Inspectorate’s helpline: 0303 444 5000.

Three Annexes to the technical appendix of Chapter 16 (Shipping and Navigation), Volume B of the Environmental Statement, were erroneously omitted from Navitus Bay's original electronic submission. PINS have set a deadline for 6th October 2014 for the missing annexes to be submitted. In the meantime, the documents can be accessed via the following links:

 

Volume-B-Chapter-16-Shipping-Navigation-Annex-A.pdf [513 KB]

Volume-B-Chapter-16-Shipping-Navigation-Annex-B-Hazard-Log.pdf [561 KB]

Volume-B-Chapter-16-Shipping-Navigation-Annex-C-MGN-Methodology.pdf [298 KB]


About Navitus Bay

The proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park is an exciting 50-50 Joint Venture between Eneco Wind UK Ltd (Eneco) and EDF Energy Renewables. If the wind park goes ahead, it would be located off the Dorset and Hampshire coasts, to the west of the Isle of Wight. The project is being proposed by Navitus Bay Development Ltd.

The proposed wind park is a renewable energy project, vital in the generation mix to help build a secure energy future from clean, sustainable sources. Wind turbines placed out to sea will capture the wind and produce electricity for transmission to the UK's national electricity network.

This multi-million pound project will bring a range of benefits both nationally and locally, including:

  • Enough renewable energy to power up to 700,000 homes each year. Read more
  • Offsetting approximately 1,290,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. Read more
  • Potentially a minimum of 1,700 local jobs during the four year construction phase and 140 local permanent jobs annually for the 25 year operational life of the project. Read more
  • Significant opportunities for local businesses to become part of the project’s supply chain by providing their services and products. Read more
  • Of the different renewable technologies the majority of the job creation potential is in offshore wind power. Offshore wind power combines both a large global and domestic market with the potential for the UK to develop a strong base, building on existing skills and attracting key manufacturers. The UK could be a global market leader.
  • The Carbon Trust
    • We have a responsibility to our citizens to get a low-carbon energy mix that’s affordable.
  • Rt Hon Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
    • Wind energy is projected to be the cheapest form of electricity by 2020.
  • Sustainable Development Commission
    • Energy made in Britain means diverse jobs. It means safe and secure energy; a rebalancing of our economy; new manufacturing and export opportunities and a better balance of trade.
  • Renewable Energy Association
    • Climate change is one of the gravest threats we face and we have to confront it…the process of decarbonising our economy is not just an obligation, it is also a massive opportunity: an opportunity for each of us to get our homes better insulated, making them warmer and cheaper to heat; and an opportunity to strengthen Britain’s energy security and create jobs.
  • Coalition Government Mid-Term Review 2012
    • The burgeoning offshore wind industry is set to become a major UK manufacturing activity, bringing significant new inward investment, businesses and jobs.
  • The Crown Estate
    • Getting more renewable energy across the UK can give us much more security and a greater degree of energy independence – helping to shield us from global fossil fuel price fluctuation.
  • UK Government’s Renewable Energy Roadmap 2011
    • The burgeoning offshore wind industry is set to become a major UK manufacturing activity, bringing significant new inward investment, businesses and jobs.
  • The Crown Estate
    • With renewables we can pay now for the investment in new technology and save money later, but with gas we pay almost the same now but face rising costs well into the future. And when you throw in the huge economic benefits from new jobs and a potential new export industry in goods and services, renewables are the smart option for bills, the economy and the environment.
  • John Sauven, Greenpeace
    • Getting more renewable energy across the UK can give us much more security and a greater degree of energy independence – helping to shield us from global fossil fuel price fluctuation.
  • UK Government’s Renewable Energy Roadmap 2011
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    The 2012 Re-enactment of the 1851 One Hundred Sovereigns Race


    YOSC COMMODORE - ARTICLE IN YATELEY NEW & MAIL

     

     


    YOSC 20TH ANNIVERSARY - ARTICLE IN YATELEY NEWS & MAIL


    SAINT-CAST PORT D'ARMOR MARINA

    Coordinates : 48°38.4N – 002°14.4W

    The new Saint Cast Marina was inaugurated in June 2009, and we are very pleased to announce that the new Harbour Office and visitors’ facilities in the marina have now been completed. While no doubt your members are well into their cruising plans for this summer season, we should more than delighted to welcome them to Saint Cast should they decide to add our marina to their itinerary.

    The Saint Cast marina is accessible 24h/24h throughout the year, with no locks to negotiate, and has 800 places on pontoons, including 40 places for visitors. A further 180 places on swinging moorings are available, including 10 for visitors.

    You will find a description and full details of the services that the marina has to offer in the Saint Cast port presentation document (CLICK HERE) and our Marina Captain, Dominique DELAMOTTE, his assistant, Virginie LECLERC and their team are on hand to provide any further information you may require.

     

    We do hope that you will find the time to visit us. We are open all the year round, and there are lots of things to do and see locally and in the region, even out of season.

    Keith Martin
    Marina Office, Port of Saint-Cast - 22380 SAINT-CAST
    Tel. : 00 33 2 96 81 04 43
    Fax : 00 33 2 96 81 04 49
    VHF CHANNEL 9
    Mail :
    stcast.plaisance@cotesdarmor.cci.fr
    Web site :
    www.cotesdarmor.cci.fr


    The Eric Twiname Memorial Trust - and ‘Start to Win’

    Email to Graham France Commodore, Yateley Offshore Sailing Club

    Earlier this year, the Eric Twiname Memorial Trust was generously assigned the author's copyright of 'Start to Win', written by Eric Twiname in 1973. Out of print for over 20 years, Adlard Coles (now Adlard Coles Nautical, part of A & C Black Publishers) have recently republished this classic - now in its 3rd Edition and substantially re-designed, with a Foreward by Ben Ainslie and an updated Rules section by Bryan Willis to accord with the 2009-2012 ISAF Rules.

    Despite the passage of time 'Start to Win' has undoubtedly retained its position as the book on simple racing principles, written as it was specifically for the benefit of the ordinary dinghy sailor. As such it manages to remove much of the mystique of racing sailing and assists helmsmen to improve their skills and tactical ability. There is arguably nothing else that sets out the techniques of sailing in such a clear, understandable and straightforward manner. 'Start to Win' has been welcomed back by its many followers, and will no doubt be read for the first time by many more. This classic, which complements 'The Rules Book' also written by Eric Twiname and revised by Bryan Willis for the 2009-2012 rules, is set to help sailors achieve their racing best for many years to come.

    Royalties from 'Start to Win' go to the Eric Twiname Memorial Trust, which was set up in 1980 in order to perpetuate Eric’s memory and to enable his many and diverse sailing interests to continue. It became a registered charity in 1991 with the primary objective of providing funding or equipment that will assist those in full-time education at schools and universities in the United Kingdom to sail or yacht race, with the emphasis being directed towards youth. Purchase of this book will therefore assist the Trust with its invaluable support for youth racing sailing, which includes bursaries for juniors on starter courses, the on-going provision of support RIBS for all eight national youth classes, the funding of dinghies for training purposes for sailing associations and clubs, and the financing of national championship events. For further information please visit our website www.erictwinametrust.org.

    I would be grateful if you could bring this e-mail to the attention of your members via your website or by printing it out and placing it on the clubhouse notice board. 'Start to Win' is available from Adlard Coles Nautical (discount price £15.29) and through most nautical booksellers.

    Kind regards,

    Bruce Aitken

    Chairman, Eric Twiname Memorial Trust

     


    Winch Servicing

    Email from Cliff Mogridge

    I have added a new online spares shop and have a new look website. Designed initially for those of you who know what you require, the shop provides the basic key items you need from simple winch spares kits to Whitlock/Lewmar engine controls.

    I will be adding products over time and will also use the shop for special offers, refurbished units and old stock clearance.

    If you don’t see what you want on the site please just call or e-mail me in the normal way.

    Cliff Mogridge.

    WINCH SERVICING  LEWMAR – WHITLOCK

    Spares now available online from:

    www.winchservicing.com
    Phone/Fax +44 (0) 1243 430050
    Mobile +44 (0)7970 820522


    Sailing a Pilot Cutter

    I would like to ask if you could place the enclosed poster on your notice board so that I am able to introduce the Bristol Pilot Cutter Polly Agatha to your members. A number of other clubs come sailing with us on a regular basis and we offer a very different type of sailing to that experienced during normal Club sailing!
    Our web site has all our information and we offer club members substantial discounts on charter fees whether booking individual places or putting a party together and booking the whole boat.
    Many thanks for your help and if you have any queries please feel free to call me on my mobile.

    Regards

    Kim Hartley
    Bowsprit Sailing Ltd
    www.polly-agatha.co.uk
    http://polly-agatha.blogspot.com/
    Bilsham Croft
    Bilsham Lane
    Bilsham
    West Sussex UK
    BN18 0JX

    Office +44(0)1243 587823
    Mob +44(0)7795 480254
     


    Channel Islands Health Insurance

    Visiting the Channel Islands?  Give your insurance a health check
    Daily Telegraph - 24 March 2009

    Coming changes on health care may cost unwary tourists, says Rosie Murray-West

    Hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Channel Islands could be caught out by a change in travel insurance conditions this year, with some facing hefty and unexpected medical bills.

    The reciprocal arrangements between health authorities on the British mainland and those on Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm come to an end on the last day of March, meaning that all British visitors will have to pay for their treatment if they become ill while visiting the islands.

    "Lots of people will assume they are covered, but this is not the case," said Steven Williams, head of travel insurance at financial comparison site Confused.com.  “They need to make sure they have taken out an adequate insurance policy."

    The Channel Islands are Crown Dependencies, which are internally self-governing and which have their own health services.  Last year there were 53,200 visitors from London to Jersey and 40,000 to Guernsey alone.  Because their currency is tied to the British pound, they are expected to be popular holiday destinations in 2009 due to Britain's currency weakness.

    The current arrangements for Channel Island visitors from Britain have been in place since 1976 and vary from island to island.  British tourists have always been charged for some services, including, on Guernsey and Alderney, for prescribed medicines.  A&E hospital treatment emergency dental treatment GP and other medical care, ambulance travel; on Jersey, for GP treatment, dental care and prescribed medicines and on Sark, for all medical treatment.  However, after April 1, tourists must cover their own medical costs in all cases.  The same applies to Channel Islands residents visiting the UK.

    The Department of Health confirmed that travellers to the Channel Islands are not covered by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which entitle residents of EU member states to free and cut-price health care in other EU countries.  It has always recommended that visitors to the Channel Islands take out insurance, it said.

    Mr Williams, at Confused.com, said that alt travellers to the Channel Islands should check their travel insurance to ensure they are covered. British travel insurance cover should be sufficient, he said.

    Insurance cover for a week in the Channel Islands is available for under £10 and will also cover lost baggage and cancellations.

    Maxine Baker, manager of travel insurance at comparison site moneysupermarket.com. said: "While holidaymakers might think nothing will happen to them while they are away, travel insurance is essential for claiming on cancellations, lost baggage or cash, public liability and emergency medical treatment.  Anyone looking to save money by cutting out travel insurance for their holidays should be extremely wary."


    Trips abroad to be logged

    Every holiday, Channel hop or sailing weekend must be registered in advance

    The travel plans and personal details of every holidaymaker, business traveller and daytripper who leaves Britain are !t be tracked by the Government, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

    Anyone departing by land, sea or air will have the trip recorded and stored on a database for a decade.

    Those leaving from any international station, port or airport will have to supply detailed personal information as well as their travel plans.

    So-called "booze cruisers" who cross the Channel for a couple of hours to stock up on wine, beer and cigarettes will be included.

    Weekend sailors and sea fishermen will have to comply if they plan to travel to another country, or face possible criminal prosecution.

    The owners of light aircraft will also be brought under the system, known as e-borders, which will eventually track 250 million journeys annually.

    Even swimmers attempting to cross the Channel and their support teams will be subject to the rules.

    Travellers will have to supply information such as passport and credit card details, home and email addresses and exact itineraries.

    The changes are being brought in as the Government tries to tighten border controls and increase protection against international terrorism.

    The full impact of the scheme emerged amid warnings that passengers face increased congestion as air, rail and ferry companies introduce some of the changes over the Easter holidays. The scale of the plan prompted concerns from civil liberties campaigners.

    The checks are being brought in piecemeal by the UK Border Agency. By the end of the year, 60 per cent of journeys out of Britain will be affected. and 95 per cent by the end of 2010.

    Yachtsmen, trawlermen and private pilots will have until 2014 to comply.

    They will be expected to use the internet to send their details each time they leave the country and will face a fine of up to £5,000 should they fail to do so.

    Similar penalties will be enforced on airlines, train and ship operators if they fail to provide details of every passenger.

    In most cases the information will be expected 24 hours ahead of travel.

    Currently passports are not routinely checked when people leave the country. Exit controls for those staying within the European Union were scrapped by the last Conservative government.

    The rest were scrapped by Jack Straw as Home Secretary after Labour won in 1997.

    However, passport inspections at ports have gradually been reintroduced us the Government looks to prevent anyone on its watch-list fleeing the country.

    Gwyn Prosser, Labour MP for Dover and a member of the all-party home affairs select committee, said: "I think e-borders are absolutely necessary. Governments of all complexions have always been criticised for not knowing who is in the country. This is a very sophisticated way of counting people in and out." The US already demands the same information from visitors.

    "Your travel data is much more sensitive than you might think," said Phil Booth of the civil liberties group NO2ID.

    "Given the Government's appalling record on looking after our data, it just doesn't seem sensible for it to pass details like this and sensitive financial information around.

    Ferry firms and Eurostar, who do not yet gather such details, feared disruption to passengers and warned that the plans may not be legal under EU law.

    The scheme was condemned by Chris Grayling Tory home affairs spokesman. "Of course we need to keep a proper record of people as they come in and leave the country," he said. "My worry is that the Government is creating something which will be unwieldy, impossible to manage and expensive."

    A UK Border Agency spokesman insisted: "The e-Borders scheme has already screened over 82million passengers traveling to Britain, leading to more than 2,900 arrests, for crimes including murder, drug dealing and sex offences."

    David Millward – Transport Editor
    Daily Telegraph 16 March 2009

     


    Navigation Aids

    Correspondance with Ray Blair, Deputy Harbour Master, ABP Southampton
    Following his talk to YOSC on 7 April 2008

    From: Terry Paynter
    Sent: 08 April 2008 17:46
    To: Ray Blair
    Cc: Ed Essery
    Subject: "Sea Me" Radar Reflector

    Hello Ray,
    Firstly many thanks for your presentation at Yateley Offshore Sailing Club on Monday last.   It was very interesting to see Southampton VTS using AIS to such high levels of importance.   Unfortunately we could have done with more time as it seemed some questions remained unanswered.

    Of those, one was rather important to me (and a few others) that being the advantages or disadvantages of the "Sea Me" radar reflector.   You had planned to answer the question later in your talk but it was missed and unfortunately went unnoticed.

    Are they of any benefit to Leisure yachtsmen and how are they seen by commercial vessels, VTS, etc?

    Regards

    Terry Paynter

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Terry,

    I'm glad that you enjoyed the presentation and hopefully you gained something from it. I admit I was somewhat surprised at the level of interest and also by the number of questions, and I apologise that I didn't answer your specific question.

    Notwithstanding, I have discussed the issue of 'active radar reflectors' with some of our VTS staff and Pilots and hopefully can give you a steer - I must emphasise that the following are my own assessment and views on the matter and not port policy - I have no particular axe to grind for either 'active radar reflectors' or AIS B equipments. 

    That said, as a port authority, we do have an obvious interest in being able to see all vessels navigating in our area - by all means (visual, radar, AIS etc) - and in their navigational safety.

    There are a number of considerations here but, having made the comparison on what each has to offer, I would say that within busy coastal waters, such as The Solent, the 'active radar reflector' is likely to be a better choice. This enhances your radar echo and improves your chance of being seen by commercial vessels - particularly at night. I don't think it gives false confidence to the user, in terms of your being seen, and still requires you to navigate with caution and to maintain a good lookout.  Additionally, your enhanced echo will be seen on any X-Band radar, cannot be filtered out, and does not need any additional equipment or watch from the bridge watchkeeper.  Remember, many AIS equipments are still stand alone and not integrated into navigation suites - so they may not be monitiored in busy shipping situations.

    As far as AIS B is concerned, on other hand, in busy areas - again, The Solent, for example - it seems that many vessels do chose to filter AIS B out of their AIS picture - and for obvious reasons.  They will have it activated for offshore and ocean waters but, once closing the coast, will switch AIS B responses off.  Indeed, as I said in my presentation, AIS B is becoming cheaper and more popular, but Southampton VTS often has to filter it out, otherwise the central Solent picture becomes very cluttered. The advantage AIS B does have over the reflector, is that you get to see other vessels' information but, remember, if the equipment is not integrated into your navigation suite it is providing CPA's etc using only GPS and 'simple' mathematics.

    If you are likely to be sailing largely within The Solent area and adjacent coastal waters, I would say that the 'active radar reflector' is probably the better choice - for the reasons above.  If you are a cross-Channel sailor - or go even further afield - I would say that AIS B will probably be of better assistance - as many more ships will have AIS B signals activated in those areas and your AIS message should be seen.

    If you have deep pockets and the space at your chart table etc, I would say go for both - they both have something to offer to your safety.

    As I say, I am not an expert in these things and the above are my own views, but I hope they are a help to you.

    Regards
    Ray Blair
    Deputy Harbour Master
    ABP Southampton
    Tel: 023 8060 8202
    Fax: 023 8060 8234
    www.southamptonvts.co.uk


     

     

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