33 CFR 164.38, Appendix A to

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Appendix A to § 164.38—Performance Standards For Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA)
1Introduction
1.1The Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) should, in order to improve the standard of collision avoidance at sea:
.1Reduce the work-load of observers by enabling them to automatically obtain information so that they can perform as well with multiple targets as they can by manually plotting a single target; and
.2Provide continuous, accurate and rapid situation evaluation.
1.2In addition to the General Requirements for Electronic Navigational Aids ([IMO] Res. A.281(VII)), the ARPA should comply with the following minimum performance standards.
2Definitions
2.1Definitions of terms in these performance standards are given in Annex 1.
3Performance Standards
3.1Detection
3.1.1Where a separate facility is provided for detection of targets, other than by the radar observer, it should have a performance not inferior to that which could be obtained by the use of the radar display.
3.2Acquisition
3.2.1Target acquisition may be manual or automatic. However, there should always be a facility to provide for manual acquisition and cancellation. ARPA with automatic acquisition should have a facility to suppress acquisition in certain areas. On any range scale where acquisition is suppressed over a certain area, the area of acquisition should be indicated on the display.
3.2.2Automatic or manual acquisition should have a performance not inferior to that which could be obtained by the user of the radar display.
3.3Tracking
3.3.1The ARPA should be able to automatically track, process, simultaneously display and continuously update the information on at least:
.120 targets, if automatic acquisition is provided, whether automatically or manually acquired; or
.210 targets, if only manual acquisition is provided.
3.3.2If automatic acquisition is provided, description of the criteria of selection of targets for tracking should be provided to the user. If the ARPA does not track all targets visible on the display, targets which are being tracked should be clearly indicated on the display. The reliability of tracking should not be less than that obtainable using manual recording of successive target positions obtained from the radar display.
3.3.3Provided the target is not subject to target swop, the ARPA should continue to track an acquired target which is clearly distinguishable on the display for 5 out of 10 consecutive scans.
3.3.4The possibility of tracking errors, including target swop, should be minimized by ARPA design. A qualitative description of the effects of error sources on the automatic tracking and corresponding errors should be provided to the user, including the effects of low signal to noise and low signal to clutter ratios caused by sea returns, rain, snow, low clouds and non-synchronous emission.
3.3.5The ARPA should be able to display on request at least four equally time-spaced past positions of any targets being tracked over a period of at least eight minutes.
3.4Display
3.4.1The Display may be a separate or integral part of the ship's radar. However, the ARPA display should include all the data required to be provided by a radar display in accordance with the performance standards for navigational radar equipment adopted by the Organization.
3.4.2 The design should be such that any malfunction of ARPA parts producing information additional to information to be produced by the radar as required by the performance standards for navigational equipment adopted by IMO should not affect the integrity of the basic radar presentation.
3.4.3 The display on which ARPA information is presented should have an effective diameter of at least 340 mm.
3.4.4The ARPA facilities should be available on at least the following range scales:
.112 or 16 miles;
.23 or 4 miles.
3.4.5There should be a positive indication of the range scale in use.
3.4.6The ARPA should be capable of operating with a relative motion display with “north-up” and either “head-up” or “course-up” azimuth stabilization. In addition, the ARPA may also provide for a true motion display. If true motion is provided, the operator should be able to select for his display either true or relative motion. There should be a positive indication of the display mode and orientation in use.
3.4.7The course and speed information generated by the ARPA for acquired targets should be displayed in a vector or graphic form which clearly indicates the target's predicted motion. In this regard:
.1ARPA presenting predicted information in vector form only should have the option of both true and relative vectors;
.2An ARPA which is capable of presenting target course and speed information in graphic form, should also, on request, provide the target's true and/or relative vector;
.3Vectors displayed should be either time adjustable or have a fixed time-scale;
.4A positive indication of the time-scale of the vector in use should be given.
3.4.8The ARPA information should not obscure radar information in such a manner as to degrade the process of detecting targets. The display of ARPA data should be under the control of the radar observer. It should be possible to cancel the display of unwanted ARPA data.
3.4.9Means should be provided to adjust independently the brilliance of the ARPA data and radar data, including complete elimination of the ARPA data.
3.4.10The method of presentation should ensure that the ARPA data is clearly visible in general to more than one observer in the conditions of light normally experienced on the bridge of a ship by day and by night. Screening may be provided to shade the display from sunlight but not to the extent that it will impair the observer's ability to maintain a proper lookout. Facilities to adjust the brightness should be provided.
3.4.11Provisions should be made to obtain quickly the range and bearing of any object which appears on the ARPA display.
3.4.12When a target appears on the radar display and, in the case of automatic acquisition, enters within the acquisition area chosen by the observer or, in the case of manual acquisition, has been acquired by the observer, the ARPA should present in a period of not more than one minute an indication of the target's motion trend and display within three minutes the target's predicted motion in accordance with paragraphs 3.4.7, 3.6, 3.8.2 and 3.8.3.
3.4.13After changing range scales on which the ARPA facilities are available or resetting the display, full plotting information should be displayed within a period of time not exceeding four scans.
3.5Operational Warnings
3.5.1The ARPA should have the capability to warn the observer with a visual and/or audible signal of any distinguishable target which closes to a range or transits a zone chosen by the observer. The target causing the warning should be clearly indicated on the display.
3.5.2The ARPA should have the capability to warn the observer with a visual and/or audible signal of any tracked target which is predicted to close to within a minimum range and time chosen by the observer. The target causing the warning should be clearly indicated on the display.
3.5.3The ARPA should clearly indicate if a tracked target is lost, other than out of range, and the target's last tracked position should be clearly indicated on the display.
3.5.4It should be possible to activate or de-activate the operational warnings.
3.6Data Requirements
3.6.1At the request of the observer the following information should be immediately available from the ARPA in alphanumeric form in regard to any tracked target:
1. Present range to the target;
2. Present bearing of the target;.
.3Predicted target range at the closest point of approach (CPA);
.4Predicted time to CPA (TCPA);
.5Calculated true course of target;
.6Calculated true speed of target.
3.7Trial Manoeuvre
3.7.1The ARPA should be capable of simulating the effect on all tracked targets of an own ship manoeuvre without interrupting the updating of target information. The simulation should be initiated by the depression either of a spring-loaded switch, or of a function key, with a positive identification on the display.
3.8Accuracy
3.8.1The ARPA should provide accuracies not less than those given in paragraphs 3.8.2 and 3.8.3 for the four scenarios defined in Annex 2. With the sensor errors specified in Annex 3, the values given relate to the best possible manual plotting performance under environmental conditions of plus and minus ten degrees of roll.
3.8.2An ARPA should present within one minute of steady state tracking the relative motion trend of a target with the following accuracy values (95 percent probability values):
Scenario/data Relative course (degrees) Relative speed (Knots) CPA (n.m.)
1 11 2.8 1.6
2 7 0.6
3 14 2.2 1.8
4 15 1.5 2.0
3.8.3An ARPA should present within three minutes of steady state tracking the motion of a target with the following accuracy values (95 percent probability values):
Scenario/data Relative course (degrees) Relative speed (knots) C.P.A. (n.m.) TCPA (mins) True course (degrees) True speed (knots)
1 3.0 0.8 0.5 1.0 7.5 1.2
2 2.3 .3 2.9 .8
3 4.4 .9 .7 1.0 3.3 1.0
4 4.6 .8 .7 1.0 2.6 1.2
3.8.4When a tracked target, or own ship, has completed a manoeuvre, the system should present in a period of not more than one minute an indication of the target's motion trend, and display within three minutes the target's predicted motion in accordance with paragraphs 3.4.7, 3.6, 3.8.2 and 3.8.3
3.8.5The ARPA should be designed in such a manner that under the most favorable conditions of own ship motion the error contribution from the ARPA should remain insignificant compared to the errors associated with the input sensors, for scenarios of Annex 2.
3.9Connections with other equipment
3.9.1The ARPA should not degrade the performance of any equipment providing sensor inputs. The connection of the ARPA to any other equipment should not degrade the performance of that equipment.
3.10Performance test and warnings
3.10.1The ARPA should provide suitable warnings of ARPA malfunction to enable the observer to monitor the proper operation of the system. Additionally test programmes should be available so that the overall performance of ARPA can be assessed periodically against a known solution.
3.11Equipment used with ARPA
3.11.1Log and speed indicators providing inputs to ARPA equipment should be capable of providing the ship's speed through the water.
Annex 1 to Appendix A to § 164.38—Definitions of Terms To Be Used Only in Connection With ARPA Performance Standards
Relative course—The direction of motion of a target related to own ship as deduced from a number of measurements of its range and bearing on the radar. Expressed as an angular distance from North.
Relative speed—The speed of a target related to own ship, as deduced from a number of measurements of its range and bearing on the radar.
True course—The apparent heading of a target obtained by the vectorial combination of the target's relative motion and ship's own motion 1. Expressed as an angular distance from North.

Footnote(s):
1 For the purpose of these definitions there is no need to distinguish between sea or ground stabilization.

True speed—The speed of a target obtained by the vectorial combination of its relative motion and own ship's motion 1.
Bearing—The direction of one terrestrial point from another. Expressed as an angular distance from North.
Relative motion display—The position of own ship on such a display remains fixed.
True motion display—The position of own ship on such display moves in accordance with its own motion.
Azimuth stabilization—Own ship's compass information is fed to the display so that echoes of targets on the display will not be caused to smear by changes of own ship's heading.
/North-up—The line connecting the center with the top of this display is North.
/Head-up—The line connecting the center with the top of the display is own ship heading.
/Course-up—An intended course can be set to the line connecting the center with the top of the display.
Heading—The direction in which the bow of a vessel is pointing. Expressed as an angular distance from North.
Target's predicted motion—The indication on the display of a liner extrapolation into the future of a target's motion, based on measurements of the target's range and bearing on the radar in the recent past.
Target's motion trend—An early indication of the target's predicted motion.
Radar Plotting—The whole process of target detection, tracking, calculation of parameters and display of information.
Detection—The recognition of the presence of a target.
Acquisition—The selection of those targets requiring a tracking procedure and the initiation of their tracking.
Tracking—The process of observing the sequential changes in the position of a target, to establish its motion.
Display—The plan position presentation of ARPA data with radar data.
Manual—An activity which a radar observer performs, possibly with assistance from a machine.
Automatic—An activity which is performed wholly by a machine.
Annex 2 to Appendix A to § 164.38—Operational Scenarios
For each of the following scenarios predictions are made at the target position defined after previously tracking for the appropriate time of one or three minutes:
Scenario 1
Own ship course—000°
Own ship speed—10 kt
Target range—8 n.m.
Bearing of target—000°
Relative course of target—180°
Relative speed of target—20 kt
Scenario 2
Own ship course—000°
Own ship speed—10 kt
Target range—1 n.m.
Bearing of target—000°
Relative course of target—090°
Relative speed of target—10 kt
Scenario 3
Own ship course—000°
Own ship speed—5 kt
Target range—8 n.m.
Bearing of target—045°
Relative course of target—225°
Relative speed of target—20 kt
Scenario 4
Own ship course—000°
Own ship speed—25 kt
Target range—8 n.m.
Bearing of target—045°
Relative course of target—225°
Relative speed of target—20 kt
Annex 3 to Appendix A to § 164.38—Sensor Errors
The accuracy figures quoted in paragraph 3.8 are based upon the following sensor errors and are appropriate to equipment complying with the Organization's performance standards for shipborne navigational equipment. 2

Footnote(s):
2 In calculations leading to the accuracy figures quoted in paragraph 3.8, these sensor error sources and magnitudes were used. They were arrived at during discussions with national government agencies and equipment manufacturers and are appropriate to equipments complying with the Organization's draft performance standards for radar equipment (preliminary) (NAV XXII/WP.14), gyro compasses (NAV XXI/9, Annex X) and logs (preliminary) (NAV XXII/WP.15).
Independent studies carried out by national government agencies and equipment manufacturers have resulted in similar accuracies, where comparisons were made.

Note: o means “standard deviation”
Radar
Target Glint (Scintillation) (for 200 m length target)
Along length of target o = 30 m. (normal distribution)
Across beam of target o = 1 m. (normal distribution)
Roll-Pitch Bearing. The bearing error will peak in each of the four quadrants around own ship for targets on relative bearings of 045°, 135°, 225° and 315° and will be zero at relative bearings of 0°, 90°, 180° and 270°. This error has a sinusoidal variation at twice the roll frequency. For a 10° roll the mean error is 0.22° with a 0.22° peak sine wave superimposed.
Beam shape—assumed normal distribution giving bearing error with o = 0.05.
Pulse shape— assumed normal distribution giving range error with o = 20 meters.
Antenna backlash—assumed rectangular distribution giving bearing error ± 0.5 maximum.
Quantization
Bearing—rectangular distribution ± 0.01° maximum.
Range—rectangular distribution ± 0.01 n.m. maximum.
Bearing encoder assumed to be running from a remote synchro giving bearing errors with a normal distribution o = 0.03°
Gyro compass
Calibration error 0.5°.
Normal distribution about this with o = 0.12°.
Log
Calibration error 0.5 kt.
Normal distribution about this, 3 o = 0.2 kt.

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