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Old 01 February 2011, 06:57   #1
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French using virtual AIS targets...

Has anyone heard of the French, or other coastguards, using AIS to place a virtual beacon over a stricken vessel?

Yesterday evening a boat was towed in from the NE traffic lane, but there was a corresponding navaid with the name of the vessel and MMSI 992276102.

I have heard this technique talked about, but not known it to be used before.

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Old 01 February 2011, 08:37   #2
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Interesting, was it a commercial vessel with it's own ais transponder I wonder? I don't see why a vessel needs to have it's mmsi replaced with another?

The prefix number, or MID (Maritime Identification Digits) 992 refer to an "Aid to Navigation" for anyone that didn't know.
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