Transmitting ancillary information - VMS
Laptop personal computer and shipboard VMS equipment
Most VMS units have the ability to send two types of messages: the basic automated VMS position report, and free-form messages. The automated VMS report contains information about the VMS unit’s identity and location at a specific date and time. This report may also contain information about the vessel’s heading and speed, as well as the status of the shipboard equipment. The information in this automated report does not require input from the vessel operator. Indeed, this report is ideally Information security - VMS from external inputs. If the Shipboard equipment - VMS is connected to a data entry device, such as a personal computer, it may be used to transmit other types of messages that are created by the operator. Thus, it can be an alternative Communications systems - VMS device for the transmission of standardized or free-form messages. Examples of such messages include catch and effort information, hail or status reports to the Fishery monitoring centre - VMS , personal communications, marketing arrangements, etc.The equipment can also facilitate the transmission of information that is neither part of the automated VMS report, nor a report or message that is entered by the operator. Such information may include data from on-board sensors that monitor environmental or shipboard parameters of interest to the fishery management agency or vessel owner, such as sea depth and temperature, trawl winch activity, engine performance, etc.