PREVENTING ANCHOR DAMAGE TO LINE 5
Virtual Aids to Navigation (VAtoNs) and proactive messages prevent accidental damage to subsea pipeline.
Guardian:protect was deployed to digitally mark the location of Line 5 with AIS Virtual Aids to Navigation (VAtoNs) and provide proactive alert messages to vessels. A Guardian Shore Station was installed on the Enbridge control tower on the southern shore of the Mackinac Straits.
All AIS enabled vessels entering the Straits of Mackinac are sent the alert message “REGULATED AREA:33CFR165.944C**NO ANCHORING”. Guardian records their receipt of this message.
Enbridge created several zones with conditions that trigger events in Guardian Cloud. These provide data to the Enbridge Straits Maritime Operations Center, including a feed that provides location, direction and speed information for automated tracking by high-resolution cameras. Watch their video to see how Enbridge protects Line 5.
“We are pleased to use the proven Guardian system to further enhance protection of the Line 5 pipeline”
– Mike Moeller, Enbridge Regional Director of Operations