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What is AIS Tracking and Why is it Important?

Posted by Chris Leslie on Jun 5, 2018 6:07:00 AM

 
What is AIS Tracking?
 
AIS, short for Automatic Identification System , is an automatic ship tracking system used onboard ships as well as onshore VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) systems to monitor vessel movements around the world. An AIS signal is sent from a transponder onboard a vessel to a receiver located onshore or on another vessel. AIS was originally created to supplement marine radar tracking for collision avoidance and safety efforts on the waterway. However, since then, AIS data has evolved into a vital tool for a number of different maritime stakeholders, including: shipowners, cargo owners, vessel operators, cargo dispatchers, marine service providers, terminal operators, charters, traders, maritime law firms, and many more.
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AIS: What a Difference a Decade Makes

Posted by Bob Kessler on Dec 20, 2017 6:07:00 AM

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Pipeline Maintenance Reroutes LNG Deliveries to Mexico

Posted by Chris Leslie on Apr 27, 2017 6:07:00 AM

Earlier this month, Pemex, Mexico's state-owned petroleum company, started importing LNG from Cheniere Energy's export terminal in Sabine Pass to Mexico's Altamira import terminal.  These deliveries were the product of scheduled maintenance on the NET Mexico pipe in Texas, which starting during the holy week of April 9 - 15. 

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Large Fleet of Icebergs Impacting North Atlantic Shipping Lanes

Posted by Chris Leslie on Apr 7, 2017 6:07:00 AM

Over 450 icebergs have drifted down into the North Atlantic shipping lanes, 363 of which have arrived over the past 7 days. This is forcing vessels to either dramatically lower their speed to navigate the icebergs, or take detours which can add up to 400 miles to the trip.

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The NOAA's Ronald H. Brown Finally Returns Home

Posted by Chris Leslie on Mar 31, 2017 6:07:00 AM

As first reported on Tuesday by The Maritime Executive, the Ronald H. Brown has returned to her home port of Charleston, South Carolina after being deployed for 1,347 days. This was longer than any other NOAA research vessel has been away from home.

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Heavy Smog in China’s Ports Causes Costly Delays

Posted by PortVision on Mar 21, 2017 6:07:00 AM

The watchdogs at China’s Ministry of Environment probably weren’t surprised at the shipping delays recently caused by the heavy smog in the major ports in northern China. But the shippers were.

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New Chinese Satellite Network Plan Announced

Posted by PortVision on Feb 22, 2017 12:07:00 AM

A new communications satellite network owned by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation will be up and running by 2020. The new network plan was announced at the Fourth Aerospace Internationalization Forum in Beijing in December, 2016. Maritime Executive reports that the satellites, known together as the Hongyan system, will operate globally.

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