Navigation and Port Infrastructure

The efficient management of busy ports and harbours creates a challenge – with dozens, sometimes hundreds of vessels operating in large ports it is vital that each of these is kept safe and aware of navigational hazards and other dangers.  Traditionally this was by the use of fixed or floating visual markers such as buoys, however there were limitations in the effectiveness of these solutions, particularly in poor visibility.  Advances in technology have allowed the development of Aids To Navigation which electronically mark navigational hazards and actively alert nearby vessels of their location and status.  McMurdo is a world leader in the design and manufacture of Racons and AIS AtoNs which can be installed on navigational hazards, offshore wind farms, oil and gas platforms/pipelines etc as well as fixed or floating aids to navigation such as buoys and markers.

 

 

Solutions For Infrastructure & Ports

 

What is an AIS AToN?

An IALA compliant beacon designed to be installed on navigational hazards, offshore wind farms, oil and gas platforms etc as well as fixed or floating aids to navigation such as buoys and markers; it alerts any AIS equipped vessels that are within range, while also providing additional data such as position, current status, real time warnings and reducing the risk of collision even in poor visibility.

What is Racon?

Racon devices are used at sea to mark navigational hazards as RADAR targets for presentation on a ship navigational radar display. The word Racon comes from combining RAdar and beaCON.