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Re: How to report AIS violations?
misfits - I struggle with those issues too, and don't like having a society where everyone snitches on each other. And if we actually get there, there will be so many "false alarms" that the system will collapse from its own weight. So it's a dual edged sword.
I'm not sure where we should draw the line on commercial traffic. I don't want to sound like I'm suspicious of our friends from overseas, but the fact that most of these large freighters are foreign flagged makes it a little more important to have them tracked IMO.
Also, every decade or so we have a large oil spill here on the Delaware. About 9 years ago, the Athos 1 hit an underwater submerged object that led to 265,000 gallons of crude oil spilling into the river. I would think that it would be helpful to have independent 3rd parties recording AIS tracks for such accidents, since investigations can sometimes lead to "he said she said" discrepancies. That's another reason why AIS transmissions for large vessels could be important.
FWIW, my own AIS system is receive only. I do not transmit my location, mainly because I think if every recreational vessel does so, the display will get too clogged with unnecessary traffic. But the big boys are always the stand on vessel relative to recreational traffic, so I'd like to see where they are on AIS.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
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1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
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