According to a March 2 report from Bloomberg, West African and Caspian Sea crudes surged to the highest in more than two years as European refiners find their grades more suitable for replacing disrupted Libyan exports than offers from Saudi Arabia. Two oil tankers bound from Libya are anchored off the U.S. Gulf Coast near Port Arthur, Texas, according to Bloomberg vessel tracking data, five days after the U.S. imposed sanctions on the North African country. (Source: Bloomberg)
PortVision, provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, announced that BP has used the company’s PortVision vessel-tracking service and PV-OnBoard battery-operated satellite trackers to enhance and accelerate response and restoration operations related to the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon incident. “The PortVision service has significantly improved how we have managed vessel activity related to the Gulf response and restoration operation
The Coast Guard is seeking additional public input on expanding requirements for the Automated Identification System (AIS) at a public meeting. Currently, Coast Guard regulations require AIS be installed on commercial vessels that are on international voyages. Other commercial vessels are also required to have AIS when they are operating in U.S. waters that have Vessel Traffic Systems or Vessel Movement Reporting Systems
Senator Snowe (R-ME) introduced the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2005 (S. 1280) to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2006 and 2007 for the United States Coast Guard, and for other purposes. Among its numerous provisions, this bill, if enacted into law, would: (1) authorize a pilot program for a long-range vessel tracking system; (2) require development of a process for determining whether and under what circumstances damaged vessels may seek a place of refuge in U.S
JRC North America, the Seattle-based branch of Japan Radio Co., Ltd., has announced an aggressive new program to gain an increased share of the marine electronics market in the U.S. and Canada. Ray Carter, national sales manager, said JRC will pursue greater sales in electronics for the pleasurecraft, megayacht, commercial fishing and workboat markets. The company has already stated prices will not raise prices on its products in 2999 The company offers radards from compact 16-mile units for
According to sources, a report says crew of sunken ferry may have been unfamiliar with equipment. A suggestion is being made that bridge crew on the Queen of the North were unfamiliar with newly installed steering equipment. A preliminary finding into the ferry sinking also says the crew was so unacquainted with the new electronic equipment's night settings that they turned off a monitor displaying their course.
exactEarth Ltd., a satellite AIS data services provider, announced that it has recently booked multiple orders for exactAIStm, its global vessel tracking and monitoring system. The orders, which have been placed by government agencies in several countries including South Africa and Japan, are in excess of $2 million over the next 12 months. exactEarth also announced that the commissioning process related to its recent satellite launch is proceeding well and this advanced AIS payload will
Trimble and Saab TransponderTech AB are cooperating to integrate their differential GPS (DGPS) solutions for enhanced marine navigation. Saab and Trimble will integrate their marine navigation solutions to deliver DGPS error correction messages to ships at sea through automatic identification system (AIS) coast stations and networks. The DGPS messages transmitted on AIS frequencies will augment the existing marine DGPS broadcasts from coastal beacon stations.
Beginning April 1, 2004, and to be fully implemented on July 1, 2004, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will begin using a new system to send and receive data to and from vessels planning to transit the Canal. Called the Automated Data Collection System (ADCS), the new system will eliminate the current process of data collection via paper, substituting it with an electronic exchange of information between the ACP and its customers.
In September 2009 the EU funded INTEGRITY project implemented its IT platform, the Shared Intermodal Container Information System SICIS. SICIS tracks containers along the entire logistics chain and registers all data and related events which are generated during the transport. SICIS regularly monitors the INTEGRITY consortium members’ containers from China to Europe. By the end of the project the aim is for several thousand containers to have been monitored by this IT platform.
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active remote container tracking units deployed on intermodal shipping containers was 137,000 in Q4-2012, up from 89,000 a year earlier. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 49
Luncheon speakers at the Houston event will show attendees how they can drive valuable performance improvements at waterborne terminals. PortVision, a provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, will host its second complimentary educational luncheon for marine
GeoVS was awarded a contract to supply and install its system in Poole Harbor, Dorset. The system brings a step change in monitoring and managing ship movements in ports and restricted waterways. Dr. Rafal Goralski, Technical Director of GeoVS, a University of Glamorgan spin off company
TerraMar Networks Limited has entered into an agreement with Orbcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a global satellite data communications company, to create one of the broadest and most complete maritime asset tracking offerings on the market.
PortVision launches $500,000 grant initiative to help improve U.S. Port & Waterway efficiency, safety and security. PortVision®, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, launches the PortVision CONNECT initiative, which includes a $500
Security Exchange signs up CustomWeather as the weather data provider for its online shipping risk product, 'ShipAssure'. CustomWeather provides key forecast data regarding ocean and wind conditions to support Security Exchange’s identification of opportunities for safest passage and
New Vessel Motion Monitoring System (VMMS) – developed by James Fisher group company Strainstall Marine – provides accurate motion and impact load monitoring with a data logging capability; Increases safety and operational efficiency during personnel and equipment transfer
MAST (‘Maritime Asset Security and Training’), a leading security organization that provides specialist global security services for the maritime community, has partnered with Beazley Group to offer a tailored piracy insurance policy designed specifically for shipowners with vessels
In addition to recent €82-million orders for marine services and maintenance, Imtech establishes a Global Control Center for ship tracking. René van der Bruggen, CEO Imtech says; 'In the marine market, Imtech is working towards strategic growth in its services and maintenance
PortVision to provide Sunoco Logistics with TerminalSmart dock management system and vessel-tracking services software. PortVision® has signed a three-year agreement with Sunoco Logistics to provide the company with its TerminalSmart platform, which integrates dock management, scheduling
Across the globe, populated islands and the desire of their inhabitants to travel elsewhere has led to a need for reliable waterborne transportation. Nowhere is an organized water transportation system more highly utilized than in the shared waters of Washington State and British Columbia
Marine operators and entities have long struggled with the most efficient, effective means to monitor and manage traffic in increasingly busy ports around the world. The marine industry, unlike the airline industry, is unique in that mixed with high levels of commercial traffic is a broad and ever
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) welcomes 6 delegates from the China Maritime Safety Administration in a 12-week maritime safety exchange program. The group had a very busy first week in Canberra, where they were able to meet with AMSA's Executive and most of the divisions at
The third meeting of the Navigation Safety Advisory Group (NSAG) recently met to consider safety of navigation concerns in Australian waters. (NSAG is the peak consultative body for matters relating to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's (AMSA) responsibilities for the safety of
McMurdo Marine Systems shows off its Oceania Marine Tracking Buoy System in Hamburg. “The Oceania Marine Tracking Bouy has been designed as a versatile tracking and monitoring system that can be tailored to suit a wide range of applications such as oceanography data monitoring