PROACTIVE AUTOMATED PROTECTION
24/7 automated alerting solution to prevent vessel groundings
Physical MARKERS ARE not ALWAYS enough
Physical Aids to Navigation (AtoNs) are expensive, don’t always work and are often not feasible.
Physical bouys, lights and markers on land should be utilised where possible. Visible markers that identify a potential grounding area will reduce the risk of incidents.
However physical AtoNs are often not feasible. The expense, regulatory barriers and often logistical impossibilities result in high risk areas going unmarked.
The Lady Busum was left high and dry after becoming stuck on a sand bar in Germany.
Why DO GROUNDINGS Still Happen?
1. Potential grounding areas are often difficult to physically mark. Marine charts don’t always show changeable risks – and even when they do, crews don’t always pay close enough attention.
2. Human error by the vessel crew is the fundamental problem. Inattentiveness or lack of awareness of the sea bed is the root cause of too many groundings. Mitigating human error has a significant impact on reducing groundings.
Mitigating human error is the key to protection
“The increasing size of vessels within restricted waterways, is leading to reduced margins of operational safety.“
– Accident Investigation Report 23/2017
UK Government Marine Accident Investigation Branch
The UK government Marine Accident Investigation Branch concluded that a lack of planning and use of navigational equipment caused the grounding of a very large container vessel as it approached Southampton Port.