An experimental Maritime Coordination Center (MCC) for implementing a satellite-aided Maritime Communications and Navigation System is defined. The findings of a study conducted for the U.S. Maritime Administration clearly demonstrate the technical feasibility and economic viability of a Maritime Coordination Center. This center will play a significant role in improving the competitive position of the United States merchant fleet in world trade during the 1970's. Data communications tests conducted established the practicality of two-way communications over a fixed shore station/synchronous satellite/shipboard terminal link employing simple, economical and reliable equipment. The results of an economic analysis study show that a Maritime Coordination Center, and the communications and data services it offers, provide the ship owner/operator a substantial increase in his return on assets. In addition, these services would enhance the effectiveness of emergency operations, operating safety, and pollution abatement. To this end, the requirements for an experimental Maritime Coordination Center were defined. This experimental facility, to be located at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York, will provide a test bed for developing the management procedures, operation techniques, and refined system characteristics for eventually implementing a world-wide maritime communications/navigation system.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the April 24-26th 1972 New Orleans RTCM Assembly Meeting. Volume 1-Papers AA and A thru F-Marine Traffic Systems, Volume 2-Papers G thru L-Safe Ship Operations, Volume 3-Papers M thru Q-Maritime Satellite Systems, Volume 4-Papers R thru Z-Trends in Maritime Communications. SOLD ONLY AS A COMPLETE FOUR VOLUME SET $10.00 PER SET.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services

    P.O. Box 19087
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Authors:
    • Feigleson, H A
    • Barnla, J D
    • Kratzer, D L
  • Publication Date: 1972-4-24

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00033716
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1974 12:00AM