MAR­ITIME SAFETY INFO TRIAL

Practical Boat Owner - - Regional News -

Scot­land’s Stornoway Coast­guard Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre is tri­alling a new way to de­liver Mar­itime Safety In­for­ma­tion. The MSI ra­dio broad­cast, which is usu­ally read out by a coast­guard of­fi­cer, is cur­rently be­ing de­liv­ered us­ing text-to-voice tech­nol­ogy. The Mar­itime and Coast­guard Agency (MCA) said it hoped this would im­prove broad­cast qual­ity for mariners – but some fish­er­men and sailors have al­ready com­plained about the ‘ro­botic’ voice, say­ing it was dif­fi­cult to fol­low com­pared to a hu­man voice. The MCA said it would be re­view­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of the tech­nol­ogy, and was com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the ‘best ser­vice pos­si­ble’.

Mar­itime Safety In­for­ma­tion (MSI) may not to be de­liv­ered by of­fi­cers in the fu­ture

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