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What is AIS?

 

On behalf of its members, MISNA is engaged with various private and public sector agencies, such as the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Maritime Administration, on a variety of projects and issues ranging from advance and real-time vessel movement monitoring to vessel specific tracking or track histories, and promoting U.S. maritime commerce. In addition, by monitoring, recording and disseminating major commercial maritime activity, individual members have developed a profound knowledge of maritime operations in their respective regions. This information is then shared through common protocols with the MISNA organization. The purpose of these initiatives is to ensure maritime intelligence information is available electronically - on a need-to-know basis - in order to streamline the flow of commerce as well as to undertake trend analyses and conduct effective risk assessment and targeting.

 

In short, MISNA's primary focus is to provide valuable maritime information to organizations and entities that have roles in providing for safe, secure and efficient maritime operations. Evolving from the 1800's when spy glasses, messengers and semaphores were in use, the marine exchanges that make up MISNA today are applying satellite and internet technologies to provide accurate and timely information on maritime operations. While the exchanges vary to some degree in the type and scope of products and services they provide, products and services include:

 

· Advance vessel schedule information, including ETAs and ETDs

 

· Actual arrival and departure data

 

· Vessel traffic analysis

 

· Historical vessel movement

 

· Information center and answering services

 

· A variety of electronic data services, such as berth scheduling, cargo manifesting, and advance notice of vessel arrival

 

· Port and terminal utilization studies

 

· Expert maritime analysis and assistance with regulatory compliance

 

· Hazmat, transportation, security, and a host of other training programs

 

· Secretarial and association management

 

Today MISNA is involved in an array of joint ventures to effectively address the maritime challenges of the 21st Century.

Maritime Information Services

of North America