PortVision Wins Professional Mariner Magazine’s 2011 Samuel Plimsoll Award for Innovation

Posted by Andrea LaVorgna

Company is Recognized for Its Role in Improving Safety and Efficiency for Maritime Businesses, Government Agencies and Other Organizations

Houston, TX -- PortVision®, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, today announced that Professional Mariner magazine has named the company its 2011 Samuel Plimsoll Innovation Award winner. The company was recognized for the pivotal role its vessel-tracking service played in 2010 during the Deepwater Horizon response and recovery operations and many other key industry events and initiatives.

Professional Mariner magazine’s 2011 Plimsoll Innovation award was presented yesterday to Dean Rosenberg, PortVision chief executive officer, during a ceremony at the Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2011 Conference in Stamford, Connecticut. The web-based PortVision service uses Automatic Identification System (AIS) data to provide a wide variety of real-time and historical vessel-tracking information, and has been deployed by more than 1,000 users including marine service providers, vessel operators, government agencies, and all major oil companies.

“We are pleased and honored to have received this Plimsoll Innovation award from Professional Mariner magazine,” Rosenberg said. “Our company is deeply committed to increasing efficiency, reducing costs, and enhancing maritime safety and security, and we are very gratified to have been recognized for our efforts with this prestigious industry award.”

Professional Mariner magazine’s Plimsoll Awards are presented each year to individuals and organizations that embody the spirit of Samuel Plimsoll, the 19th century British Parliament member who strove to end the dangerous practice of overloading vessels. The Plimsoll Innovation Award is given to companies that significantly improve the well-being of mariners by increasing the industry’s safety and efficiency levels. Past winners have been recognized for noteworthy contributions to industry best practices, important regulatory changes, and/or incident response in the aftermath of catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina and the September 11, 2001, World Trade Tower terrorist attacks.

“The Plimsoll load line marks that we see on ships to this day are an enduring testimony to Samuel Plimsoll’s tireless pursuit of safety at sea,” said John Gormley, editor, Professional Mariner magazine. “With its comprehensive database of real-time and historical vessel movements from major ports around the world, PortVision provides the industry with the kind of objective information it needs to improve efficiency and safety."

PortVision is the industry's only AIS-based business intelligence tool that goes beyond simply creating "points on a map" to combine real-time visualization and historical information with powerful management tools to deliver a comprehensive view of vessel traffic in user-defined monitoring zones. In 2010, PortVision personnel and data were deployed to provide support during a number of key events and initiatives, including:

  • Enhancing visibility and reporting during the Deepwater Horizon Response;
  • Increasing efficiency and reducing costs for four refineries and over 100 stakeholders in an industry initiative along the Sabine-Neches waterway in Southeast Texas;
  • Protecting dock repair workers in Lake Charles, LA, through automated alerting when large vessel traffic threatened worker safety;
  • Empowering homeland security personnel with enhanced maritime domain awareness;
  • Providing trade associations, port authorities and non-profit organizations with both real-time and historical vessel tracking and reporting tools in support of a number of policy-related initiatives.
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Posted on Mar 23, 2011, 12:31:00 PM