WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 351–363 | Cite as

Analysis of ship drifting in a narrow channel using Automatic Identification System (AIS) data



With maritime transportation has played an important role in global economy development, ship traffic has become more congested. Therefore, ships navigate under risk conditions, and thus maritime accidents have occurred frequently. Especially, ship passing through a narrow channel is even more dangerous. Because, the ships are easy to be affected by external forces such as wind and currents that can cause ship drifts. Many latent risks are present during navigation. In order for the development of a sensible and appropriate traffic model for the safety and efficiency ship navigation, this study has focused on the actual ship behavior to understand the ship drift in the Kurushima Strait, Japan, which is one of the most dangerous routes in Japan. The analysis of ship behavior was carried out using the Automatic Identification System (AIS) data. As a result, the ships drift was understood in detail, and the latent risk was unveiled when ships pass through the narrow route. Moreover, the risk areas were obtained and visualized by the ship drift behavior analysis. The obtained results can be applied to ensure safe navigation and the development of an eco-friendly and economy efficient for ship navigation.


Maritime traffic Ship drift AIS data The actual behavior of ships Risk areas 



The research was financially supported by the Sasakawa Scientific Research Grant from The Japan Science Society. Research number is 28-707.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate of Maritime SciencesKobe UniversityKobeJapan
  2. 2.Naval Architecture & Ocean EngineeringOsaka UniversityOsakaJapan

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