AIS Application-specific messages transmitted in binary format will be increasingly used to digitally communicate maritime safety/security information between participating vessels and shore stations. This includes time-sensitive meteorological and hydrographic information that is critical for safe vessel transits and efficient ports/waterways management. IMO recently completed a new Safety-of-Navigation Circular (SN/Circ.) that includes a number of meteorologi-cal and hydrographic message applications and data parameters. In conjunction with the development of a new SN/Circ., IMO will establish an International Application (IA) Register for AIS Application-Specific Messages. IALA plans to establish a similar register for regional appli-cations. While there are no specific standards for the presentation/display of AIS application-specific messages on shipborne or shore-based systems, IMO issued guidance that includes specific mention of conforming to the e-Navigation concept of operation. For both IHO S-57 and S-100-related data dealing with dynamic met/hydro information, it is recommended that IHO uses the same data content fields and parameters that are defined in the new IMO SN/Circ. on AIS Application-specific Messages.
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
Journal or Conference Title
International Hydrographic Review
Lemmers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
International Hydrographic Organization
Alexander, Lee and Kurt, Schwehr, "New Standards for Providing Meteorological and Hydrographic Information via AIS Application-specific Messages" (2010). International Hydrographic Review. 1043.