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Irish Coast Guard

Main contractor for the Irish National AIS

GateHouse delivered a complete national AIS solution covering 16 base station sites around the Irish coast, 1 server centre and 3 control centres.

GateHouse has delivered and commissioned the complete AIS solution for the Irish Coast Guard using GateHouse’s state-of-the-art software. The solution was supplied in cooperation with GateHouse’s Irish partner, Martek, who handled the installation, training and support in the Republic of Ireland.

The first step involved the supply of all hardware including 16 remote sites 6 weeks after contract go-ahead. The development of unique software features for the Irish Coast Guard and the installation of all hardware started in 2007 and the complete system was delivered and commissioned by mid September 2007.

Several features distinct to the Irish system were developed during the project in order to fulfil the requirements of the Irish Coast Guard.

To mention a few:

  • Collision WatchDog
  • Message routing from vessels to a particular control centre
  • Single hull tanker handling. Lists of additional attributes for ships can be added to the system. This information can be used for filtering or in setting up WatchDogs
  • Support for multiple display units on the same operator machine
  • Redundant monitoring

About Irish Coast Guard

The Irish Coast Guard is Ireland’s 4th Blue Light service It provides a nationwide maritime emergency organisation as well as a variety of services to shipping and other government agencies.

The purpose of the Irish Coast Guard is to promote safety and security standards, and by doing so, prevent as far as possible, the loss of life at sea, and on inland waters, mountains and caves, and to provide effective emergency response services and to safeguard the quality of the marine environment.