Skip Navigation Links
Front Page
About GNSExpand About GNS
CommunitiesExpand Communities
EducationExpand Education
Links Directory
Medicine & Science
Opinion/ForumExpand Opinion/Forum
Public Safety

Public Safety News
United States Coast Guard
News Release
Friday, September 08, 2017

Coast Guard uses electronic ATON to reopen Texas port early 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard established electronic Aids to Navigation to aid in the reopening of a critical Texas port following Hurricane Harvey.

Once channel and waterway assessments were completed, the Coast Guard created 13 eATON around Port Aransas, Texas, to temporarily mark waterways where buoys and beacons were lost or destroyed. 

The eATON were broadcast over the Coast Guard’s Nationwide Automatic Identification System and can be used by any mariner with an AIS-equipped radar or electronic charting system. This ability to quickly and remotely mark the waterway contributed to the port opening several days ahead of schedule.

As a back up to the Nationwide AIS network, the Coast Guard also deployed a portable AIS system to Texas for Hurricane Harvey. This portable system provides the ability to broadcast eATON in areas where Nationwide AIS does not cover.

“As demonstrated during this hurricane response, eATON enables us to quickly mark a waterway on a temporary basis while our traditional physical aids to navigation are reconstituted following a natural disaster,” said Chief Warrant Officer Kristopher Franklin, a Ramsey, Illinois, native from the Coast Guard Navigation Technology and Risk Management Division who deployed to Texas for Hurricane Harvey.

Remembering Jim Guidry

Guidry News Service is headquartered in Midtown Houston.
at 4001 Fannin Street, Suite 4109, Houston, TX. 77004-4077
(409) 763 NEWS(6397)
© 1996, Guidry News Service. Duplication of any part of this website in any manner is prohibited.