***This article was originally published on the Ocean News & Technology website on November 13th, 2018. You can view the original HERE.
***This article originally appeared in the October issue of Offshore Magazine. You can read it by clicking through THIS LINK.
***This article was originally written by Robert Kessler for October 2018 issue of The American Oil & Gas Reporter
Almost 90% of everything we buy arrives via seaborne trade, which consists of over 55,000 merchant ships, registered to 150 nations. With statistics like this, it is no wonder that “ship-tracking” and “vessel-tracking” have become far more prevalent in today’s business world. So, what exactly is vessel tracking or a vessel tracking system (VTS)?
All fixed subsea and surface assets, such as pipelines and offshore platforms, are at risk of nearby vessels impacting them. There are three primary reasons a vessel could threaten an asset:
Automatic Identification System, otherwise known as AIS, is a ship tracking system used by various maritime stakeholders around the world. It uses a VHF radio transmission to broadcast the ships location to other ships, VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) stations, terrestrial and satellite receivers. All vessels over 300 gross tons, or any passenger ship, is required by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) to have a working AIS unit operating at all times. What was originally meant to help improve safety efforts on the waterway has turned into an incredibly power tool for small and big businesses alike. To learn more about the history of AIS vessel tracking and how it works, read our blog post What is AIS Tracking and Why is it Important.
Julie Zamarripa, Oceaneering's Sales Manager of Marine and Liquid Terminals will be speaking at the WGMA Sabine Membership Meeting on August 15. The event will take place in the Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant from 11:30am - 1:00pm.