PortVision Enhances Vessel-Tracking Service to Include Integrated Weather Reports, Distance Calculator and VesselZones

Posted by Andrea LaVorgna

PortVision 4.5 Extends Maritime Intelligence and Analysis Capabilities Based on Real-Time and Historical Vessel Tracking with Automated Identification System (AIS) Data

Houston, TX – June 16, 2010 -- PortVision, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, today announced it has enhanced its web-based vessel tracking, management and analysis service to provide greater insight into vessel activities in most major U.S. ports and regions and over 50 international ports. PortVision 4.5 now incorporates features including weather conditions and distance calculations, plus the ability to create user-defined VesselZones™ that simplify vessel viewing, tracking, and alerts, while streamlining and enhancing incident response.

PortVision’s enhanced vessel-tracking service leverages the world’s only comprehensive database of AIS real-time and historical tracking data to provide detailed visibility into commercial vessel activity, from port arrivals and departures to ship movements on the open sea. Within PortVision’s service portal, users now also have full, web-based access to real-time weather radar overlays and animated loops, plus voyage distance calculations and vessel arrival estimations. PortVision 4.5 also enables users to filter results by ship and port or region, and create user-defined tracking-related VesselZones by simply clicking and dragging points on the map overlay. VesselZones are particularly important for maritime incident response, enabling real-time information and reports that can be shared with remote participants and operation centers while also streamlining third-party vessel monitoring to validate activities and costs and to expedite billing.

“Customers rely on PortVision for up-to-the-minute ship-tracking visibility and historical playback of selected vessel incidents, and they spend quite a bit of time in our portal,” said Dean Rosenberg, co-founder and chief executive officer. “Now, it is no longer necessary to leave the PortVision environment to acquire other important information that assists with comprehensive real-time vessel tracking and historical playback of vessel activities and incidents. With PortVision 4.5, it’s all accessible from the same display screen, with enhanced filtering for added viewing convenience.”

PortVision 4.5 can be configured to highlight only specific vessels of interest, or to view all AIS-enabled vessels on the waterway. The optional inclusion of satellite data brings visibility to vessels at sea, as well as unmanned barges and incident response equipment. Additionally, PortVision 4.5 has been enhanced so that users can create user-defined lists to track multiple fleets of any size, including chartered vessels, workboats, tugs, and barges. PortVision 4.5 also will alert users when vessels move in or out of user-defined VesselZones. Additionally, PortVision 4.5 can be used to calculate distances between selected points, and vessel arrival times based on estimated speed to the specified arrival point. Users also can display current status of all selected in-bound vessels.

For terminal operators, PortVision offers the enhanced PortVision 4.5 service features as part of the company’s recently introduced TerminalSmart™ platform. The integrated TerminalSmart dashboard combines vessel-tracking capabilities with powerful management, analysis and reporting tools, and enhanced VesselZone capabilities. TerminalSmart users can access historical data and animated playback for any selected vessels and events, in order to streamline vendor and resource management for just-in-time deployment based on current vessel locations, dock availability and in-transit traffic conditions. They also can perform integrated demurrage reporting and analysis, and further accelerate and improve incident response – all from one, comprehensive, web-based solution with a single, unified dashboard environment.

PortVision’s vessel-tracking service taps the company’s comprehensive database of vessel information, which is growing at the rate of 40 million vessel location reports daily and now contains over 10 billion arrival, departure, passing, and vessel movement records. It is the only database of its kind that contains five years of data regarding the movements of commercial ships in major ports and waterways that transmit IMO and USCG-mandated AIS collision-avoidance signals.

PortVision 4.5 is available now. Subscription pricing starts at $169/month for a single user, with discounted department and site agreements available.

About PortVision:
PortVision provides enhanced levels of knowledge and transparency to maritime activities within ports, inland waterways, and oceans. The Web-based service provides real-time visualization and historical reporting through a data warehouse that processes and analyzes over 40 million vessel movements each day. PortVision records all vessel arrivals and departures in covered service regions and can be configured to automatically alert users when events of interest occur. Historical playback and reporting features offer expanded opportunities to increase safety, security, efficiency, and market intelligence. PortVision subscribers include users from all major oil companies, large and small marine service companies, terminals, fleet owners, port authorities, and government agencies. Based in Houston, TX, PortVision is a service of AIRSIS Inc., a San Diego-based technology company. For more information, visit www.portvision.com or call 1-713-337-3737.

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Posted on Jun 16, 2010 12:15:00 PM