The world’s best selling commercial grade Class A AIS. Internationally certified by US Coast Guard, FCC and IMO/SOLAS, the OceanSat Class A AIS meets all the regulatory rule requirements for any commercial vessel type.
OceanSat Class A AIS will operate reliably for years, without maintenance, in the harshest environments. It is easy to install and use, and the sophisticated core technology (HF-AIS) combines with quality engineering to deliver a product with exceptional performance, functionality and reliability. Designed in Europe and manufactured by a leading US company, the OceanSat Class A AIS is the preferred choice for thousands of mariners worldwide.NOW WITH A 3 YEAR INTERNATIONAL WARRANTY
In the USA MMSI numbers for commercial vessels (or vessels making international voyages) are administered by the FCC. To obtain an MMSI number for a commercial vessel, you must apply for a Ships Station Licence. The process for applying for this licence is defined in the following website link:
A full feature, high performance AIS Classs B transceiver. Internationally certified by US Coast Guard, FCC and IMO, the transceiver is ideal for leisure and small commercial vessels.
OceanSat Class B AIS is easy to install and configure, supporting multiple interfaces, USB and SD card. With no compromise to performance or quality, and at an affordable price, the device simultaneously transmits and receives all AIS messages in real time and comes as standard with stealth mode functionality (transmit on/off). Designed in Europe and manufactured by a leading US company, the OceanSat Class B AIS is the preferred choice for thousands of mariners worldwide.NOW WITH A 3 YEAR INTERNATIONAL WARRANTY
Silent mode, also known by some users as pirate mode (when activated) allows your OceanSat Class B AIS to continue to receive information from other AIS equipped vessels around you (so you can see where they are on your own screen), but stops your own OceanSat Class B AIS from sending information (so nobody can see your position). When activated, the Blue LED on the front of the OceanSat Class B AIS is illuminated.
There are a multitude of charting software applications now available on the market for Laptops, PCs and Tablets, so we’re often asked about how to integrate our OceanSat Class B AIS to these setups to allow users to also see AIS targets on their displays. With this in mind, we thought it might be useful to give you a few “points to note” when seeking to connect OceanSat devices to PCs/Laptops.
1. USB connection: The USB connection supplied on the OceanSat Class B AIS is primarily intended for the user to use during the configuration phase, however this USB connectivity lends itself to use with PCs and laptops as well.
2. Open connections: With other chart software applications that are compatible with the OceanSat Class B AIS, it is not possible to connect the device to more than one application at a time. So if you have the unit connected to the ProAIS2 configuration software, you must disconnect the unit from that application to be able to connect to another.
3. Compatibility: Check the specification of your charting
software to ensure that it is able to decode AIS messages
Some systems do not incorporate this functionality, so if unsure, check the software user manual or contact the charting company to confirm if the software is capable of displaying AIS targets. The OceanSat Class B AIS conforms to all relevant standards regarding NMEA outputs, so it will be able to provide the raw data your charting software will require if it is able to use AIS information.
4. Baud rate: Always check to ensure that your software is configured to accept AIS data at 38400 baud (as output from the OceanSat Class B AIS's USB).
5. Product setup: In order for your OceanSat Class B AIS to
enough power to operate the GPS antenna, it must be connected to a
12V power supply as there’s not enough juice in the USB power supply
to allow the OceanSat Class B AIS to act as anything more than a
receiver. If the
unit can receive information from other vessels (including their
position), then it will also need to be able to obtain its own GPS
fix in order to know where it is in relation to other vessels. Once
it has all of this information, it should then be able to show the
location of other vessels in relation to its own.
The USB power option is only really intended to aid customers with the initial configuration of the unit as the OceanSat Class B AIS will require 12V supply in order to be able to transmit and also power the GPS.
We occasionally get messages from our customers to ask why, when they have their OceanSat Class B AIS connected to their Chart Plotter/MFD via NMEA200, they are not able to see remote targets vessel names (but they can see vessel MMSI numbers and locations).
The reason this happens is that AIS name messages were added to the NMEA2000 specification relatively recently (2010) as it took some time for the NMEA standards organization to define the message structure. Prior to this, individual manufacturers (Simrad / Garmin / Raymarine etc) adopted their own proprietary messages for Class B vessel names on an NMEA2000 network. This meant that their own AIS equipment could communicate with their own displays, but created compatibility problems between manufacturers.
The OceanSat Class B AIS is fully certified by NMEA for NMEA2000 operation and uses all of the standardized message structures, including those for Class B vessel data, so will connect to compatible systems via an NMEA2000 backbone.
To resolve the issue, there are a couple of things you can try..
1 . You can try contacting the manufacturer of your Chart Plotter/MFD to see if there is a software update available to add support for the new AIS message
2 . If no update is available, you should be able to connect the OceanSat Class B AIS to your Chart Plotter/MFD via NMEA0183 which is not affected by this issue and should give you full target information.
Yes. The OceanSat Class B AIS has NMEA2000 connectivity as standard.
Yes. The OceanSat Class B AIS has a USB connection on its front. Please be aware that we occasionally hear from customers who have experienced unit failures when a unit has been powered by 12/24V whilst also being connected to a PC/Laptop.
The reason for this is that the USB port built into this product is
not isolated from the vessel power supply, VHF antenna ground or GPS
antenna ground. This being the case, we advise you to observe the
following procedures when connecting the USB port to avoid grounding
1 . If the computer is permanently installed on the vessel and/ or electrically connected to any other vessel equipment, including power supplies, it is recommended that connection is made using NMEA0183 or NMEA2000 connections. These benefit from being specifically designed for use in the marine environment and provide isolated and robust communication between your devices.
2 . If a battery powered laptop is being used then it is recommended to switch off the computer, connect the USB cable, then switch on the laptop. This will help to ensure that all equipment grounds are correctly referenced before use, minimising any risk of equipment damage.
Due to regulatory reasons, Class B AIS users are not permitted to
reset their own MMSI number.
The marine Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a location and vessel information reporting system. It allows vessels equipped with AIS to automatically and dynamically share and regularly update their position, speed, course and other information such as vessel identity with similarly equipped vessels. Position is derived from the Global Positioning System (GPS) and communication between vessels is by Very High Frequency (VHF) digital transmissions.
The OceanSat Class B AIS is a Class AIS Transceiver. Class B transceivers are similar to class A transceivers in many ways, but are normally lower cost due to the less stringent performance requirements. Class B transceivers like the OceanSat Class B AIS transmit at a lower power and at a lower reporting rate than class A transceivers.
It is possible to download the contents of the CD that comes with the OceanSat Class B AIS by clicking on the following link:
This download contains user manuals, programming software and also USB drivers for the OceanSat Class B AIS. Please note that USB drivers for this product are updated automatically via Windows update, so if you have access to the internet, your PC/Laptop should always have the latest drivers installed.
If you are a commercial boat operator in US territorial waters there is every chance you must now have installed a fully operational USCG certified AIS transceiver.
The new rule [Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 164, January 2015] came into force on 1st March 2016.
Fitting an AIS Class A ensures that you are guaranteed to be compliant with the rule irrespective of your vessel type and where you operate. However, the rule does allow some exceptions where a Class B is acceptable. To help you select the AIS transceiver which is right for you and enable you to continue to operate legally after 1st March 2016, we have produced a quick reference table below.
|Class A||Class B|
|Certified to carry more than 150 passengers and over 65ft|
|Certified to carry less than 150 passengers but operating in a VTS area and over 65ft|
|Certiﬁed to carry less than 150 passengers which may operate in excess of 14kts and over 65ft|
|Certiﬁed to carry less than 150 passengers but always operating outside a VTS area and never exceeding 14kts and over 65ft|
|Any vessel subject to pilotage by other than Master or crew and over 65ft|
|Fishing vessels over 65ft|
|Any towing, pushing or hauling vessel over 26ft and 600hp|
|Any vessel carrying speciﬁed dangerous cargo such as ﬂammable, explosive or combustible materials|
|Vessels dredging in or near a shipping channel or fairway|
|Vessels dredging away from a shipping channel or fairway|
|Commercial non-passenger carrying vessels over 65ft always operating outside a VTS area and under 14kts|
|Commercial non-passenger carrying vessels over 65ft operating inside a VTS area or over 14kts|
This table has been prepared by SRT-Marine Technology Limited as a guide to assist vessel owners and operators, in determining which type of AIS transceiver they may need to install and operate as a result of the publication of the USCG Final AIS Rule. The information herein is based upon SRT’s interpretation of the office USCG Rule published by the USCG and now appearing in Federal Regulations and available for inspection on the relevant USCG web site. No guarantee of accuracy is provided.
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