STOKES BAY AUTONOMOUS VESSEL TRIALS: 28 FEBRUARY - 04 MARCH 2022

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Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth

LNTM No 33/22

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth that Autonomous Vessel (AV) trials will be conducted in the Stokes Bay during the period 28 February to 04 March 2022. 

2. During the trials the Vessel will be remotely controlled, with the operator, Call sign ‘MADFOX’, following the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) at all times.  

3. Trials will take place from approximately 1000 to 1500 on each day in the Stokes Bay area as shown below. ‘MADFOX’ will only be operated in autonomous mode when in the area. 

Browndown/Stokes Bay area: 

50°46’.684N 001°09’.463W 
50°46’.362N 001°09’.647W 
50°46’.765N 001°11’.398W 
50°47’.085N 001°11’.196W 

 

Stokes Bay trials area (Chart not to be used for navigation) 

4. The ‘MADFOX’ controller will be listening on VHF Ch 11, Ch 12 and 16. Where possible, trials vessels will maintain a 200-metre separation from other craft, and trial runs will be modified or aborted if a close-quarters situation is developing.  

5. Cancel this LNTM on 5 March 2022.

Friday 25 Feb 2022

N J RANDALL
Queen's Harbour Master

Owners, Agents, Charterers, Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Recreational Sailing Organisations should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made known to the masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.