Dublin AIS Trial
The General Lighthouse Authorities (Trinity House, Northern
Lighthouse Board, and the Commissioners of Irish Lights) have
established a series of trials in the Solent, Firth of Forth and
Dublin to evaluate AIS.
The Dublin Trial was established in August 2002. Equipment and
technical support is being provided by Kongsberg Seatex. Partners
in the Dublin Trial are Dublin Port, Irish Ferries and Arklow
Shipping. Seatex AIS100 mobile units fitted to a High Speed Ferry,
Coastal Container Ship, Lighthouse Tender, Pilot Boat and Aids to
Navigation form the core of the trial along with a Seatex AIS Base
Station covering Dublin Port. As the mandatory carriage requirement
is implemented the shipborne trials equipment will be replaced by
permanent owner supply units.
The principal objectives of the trial are
1. To evaluate performance, system availability and potential of
AIS in a VTS area.
2. To evaluate the effect of AIS operation on bridge team workload
and situation awareness.
3. To establish the 'risk' of using AIS in ship to ship and ship to
4. To evaluate the use of AIS on Aids to Navigation and Virtual
5. To evaluate the potential for AIS networking.
6. To test the interoperability of different manufacturers
In the coming months a full base station will be established at
Baily Lighthouse in Dublin Bay to test the full range of AIS
If you notice that any aid to navigation is not functioning correctly please contact our 24 hour emergency number on