M/V Brilliant, loving AIS
I am a wee bit jealous. That's my brother-in-law Richard Itkin driving his Grand Banks 42 Brilliant down Chesapeake Bay this morning, having left New York Harbor yesterday morning (and Barrington, RI, on Tuesday). As a guy who drove submarines and sub tenders for the U.S. Navy, Rich has a well developed appreciation for collision avoidance, and he's been tickled with the ACR Nauticast B AIS transponder he installed a few weeks ago. But before I pass on his reports, please click on the screen above and note something I just realized regarding MarineTraffic.com.
Of course someone like Rich who's actually boating the coast doesn't really care about shore stations (though maybe he was "naval gazing" on his iPhone, as the feeds above are on Ship Finder). What he was excited about when he called was how useful his transponder had been when things got a little complicated as several vessels converged on the C&D Canal's east entrance in the dark this morning. He'd been able to easily speak via VHF with the bridge personnel on two tugs and learned that both could see Brilliant fine. On yesterday's call he told me how great it had been to see the ship below emerging from the East River well before he got a visual, especially as that didn't happen until they were very close, and the big guy was hogging the channel. Now that Rich is in the sunny south, maybe he'll learn to take better pictures (or Raymarine C120W screen shots) for future Panbo use (or his own blog). Just kidding!