Yesterday (Sunday, 28 October 12) I went for a pre-Sandy bike ride around the Inner Harbor of Baltimore to check out the storm preparations. I saw sandbag stations in Canton and Fells point, and at Ft. McHenry (which is closed for the next two days) I saw that the Park Service and Army Corps of Engineers had moved their government vehicles (and a couple of survey boats on trailers) to the highest point of the park, near the main entrance.
While riding on the trail at the far eastern part of the park (there’s a beautiful vista of the harbor toward the Key Bridge there) I saw a USCG buoy tender heading inbound on the Ft. McHenry range.Once I got home I checked my AIS display and saw she was the JAMES RANKIN and had tied up over in Fells Point; the CHOCK was near Harborview.
I assume these guys are sheltering from the weather, and pre-positioning so as to be able to quickly head out after the storm to check and reset any AtoN knocked off station.
I also saw the large cruise ship CARNIVAL PRIDE at Locust Point and smaller AMERICAN STAR in the Inner Harbor taking shelter. CARNIVAL PRIDE has since shifted to anchorage off of Annapolis. Otherwise it’s pretty quiet in Baltimore Harbor and appears it will be for another day at least.
The 12th annual e-Navigaton conference in Seattle, WA is fast approaching. I encourage you to attend and participate in the development of the e-Navigation concept.
This conference started in 2001 as the AIS conference, and a few years later the organizers recognized that the e-Navigation concept was as little-understood as AIS was at the conception of the first conference, so the name and focus was changed.
This conference is the only one of its type in North America, and probably unique in the world. Attendees include the shipping industry, harbor pilots, government representatives, equipment manufacturers, and many more. It is a fantastic forum for information exchange about e-Navigation developments and they encourage dialog amongst attendees and presenters. The final session of the conference for the past several years has been dedicated to a review and open discussion of the main issues raised.
This year the conference features strong representation and participation of the CMTS e-Navigation Integrated Action Team, an interagency team that is working to implement e-Navigation in the United States. Also, immediately following the conference PIANC is holding the first meeting of its e-Navigation working group.
So come to Seattle in November!