The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced today (July 30) that it has teamed up with the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) and successfully improved diverse services of the Automatic Identification System (AIS). Shore-based AIS stations are used to broadcast early-warning information to provide ships in transit with comprehensive information of the sea conditions in the areas around Taiwan and help them navigate safely.
The MPB stated that wind and waves form quickly in the seas near Taiwan while the fog season in May and typhoons from July to September also affect navigational safety. In response to global climate change, effective early-warning systems for disasters have become increasingly important. As an example, tropical depressions suddenly formed over the South Pacific on August 23, 2018. The sudden level 7 gusts grounded 7 ships which were docked offshore in the south. The painful lesson remains fresh in mind.
To prevent maritime accidents and improve rapid early-warning capabilities, the MPB and CWB collaborated and succeeded in the development of an Internet information platform that uses big data to connect sea weather conditions and AIS. When the average gust in the weather report exceeds level 7 or wave height exceeds 4 meters, or where there is fog or a typhoon, the AIS shore-based station schedules regional instant broadcasts for the alerts which are rapidly sent from the nearest AIS shore-based station to warn vessels in transit in dangerous areas.
The MPB emphasizes that AIS can be widely adopted in maritime applications. The customized maritime weather mobile information service in the AIS system is forward-looking and has room for application development. The MPB will continue to use the AIS to develop more application modules and strengthen AIS applications in marine operations to reduce the risks of maritime disasters.
Contact Person: Maritime Safety Division, Section Chief Liu Zheng-Shan
Contact Number: 02-89788098; 0972-820100