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Overcoming Your Biggest Vessel Tracking Challenges

Posted by Chris Leslie on Oct 16, 2018 1:46:24 PM

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)?

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6 AIS Ship Tracking Features You Need Now

Posted by Chris Leslie on Aug 29, 2018 6:07:00 AM

What is AIS Ship Tracking?

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.

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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 Vessel Tracking Provides View of USS Fitzgerald Collision

Posted by Chris Leslie on Jun 22, 2017 6:07:00 AM

 Early Saturday morning, a US destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, was hit by a container ship just off the coast of Shimoda, Japan. The collision claimed the lives of seven US Navy Sailors. In the aftermath of this tragedy, both sides are trying to figure out exactly what happened.

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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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Seven Crewmen Rescued from Sinking Cargo Ship

Posted by Chris Leslie on Jan 19, 2017 6:07:00 AM

Last Friday night, at approximately 1800 CST, a cargo ship sank in the southern part of the North Sea, about 35 nautical miles NE of Ramsgate.

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Ship's anchor cuts internet cables from Jersey to the UK

Posted by Chris Leslie on Dec 16, 2016 6:07:00 AM

Last month, a ship transiting the English Channel accidentally cut internet cables, used by network company JT, that connected Jersey to the UK. This resulted in dramatically slower internet speeds for residents on the island, who had to rely on a single cable connected to France.

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US Coast Guard Upgrades Port Conditions due to Hurricane Hermine

Posted by Chris Leslie on Sep 1, 2016 7:08:22 PM

The Florida Gulf Coast is preparing for the arrival of hurricane Hermine. Hermine has just been updated from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane.  Hermine is expected to make landfall sometime late Thursday night to early Friday morning.

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