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Global Availability of Fleet Management Software Platform

Vessel tracking and asset/document management software, used by hundreds of U.S. commercial workboat and fishing customers,  is now available internationally for integration into existing partner applications.   McMurdo Group, a company in end-to-end search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness (MDA) solutions, has announced that its fleet management software platform is now available worldwide for partners to integrate into their existing maritime applications and solutions. The McMurdo Group software platform, the most widely used vessel tracking and fleet management software in the U.S. commercial maritime market, will be demonstrated at the V-Tracks Vessel Tracking and Monitoring Conference in London (Radisson Blu Portman Hotel) February 27-28. The platform provides partners with a robust suite of vessel tracking, two-way messaging, asset/document management and Automatic Identification System (AIS) display capabilities that enables end customers – owners and operators of inland waterway transportation firms, coastal workboat companies and commercial fishing fleets – to run their companies more efficiently, safely and profitably.   “We are pleased to expand our fleet management software platform to the maritime industry’s leading international solution providers, application developers and technology integrators,” said Irwin Rodrigues, President, McMurdo Group MDA Solutions


Glimpses of AIS Trends in the PortVision 2014 Crystal Ball

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Houston, Texas-based PortVision, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, shares its projections for the top vessel-tracking trends that it believes will have the greatest impact on the maritime industry during 2014. They identify the following trends to watch: Trend #1: Improving real-time visibility and decision-making.  Advances in AIS-based vessel-tracking tools and technology that move the industry beyond simple “points on a map” to on-demand


3D Vessel Tracking: A New Course in Port Traffic Control

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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 changing mix of personal watercraft of varying sizes, with equal variables in terms of operator experience. Thus the ability to rapidly collect, compute


Coast Guard Holding Public Meetings on AIS Requirements

The Coast Guard is seeking public input on possibly expanding requirements for vessels to install Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) and is convening three public meetings around the country in November and December to facilitate discussion on this issue. 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


PortVision Brings Advanced Marine Vessel-Tracking

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Capabilities to Latest Full-Featured Smartphones.   PortVision Vessel-Tracking Service, Terminal and Fleet Management Dashboards, and Other Capabilities Now Available in Platform Optimized for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry Devices.   PortVision, a provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, today announced that the company’s desktop Automatic Identification System (AIS) vessel-tracking service is now available in a mobile platform that has


Saab and Trimble to Integrate Solutions for DGPS Transmissions

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.


International Track 100 Recognizes Pole Star

Pole Star Space Applications Ltd.has been recognized as one of Britain’s best performing companies, according to the Sunday Times International Track 100. The league table ranks 100 UK-based private companies with the fastest-growing international sales in the last three years. Pole Star was the sole maritime industry representative included from a database of 2 million privately-held businesses. The company provides satellite monitoring systems to the global maritime industry


SeaWave Delivers for Alaska High Speed Ferry

SeaWave, LLC has installed the SeaWave Integrator 3.0 aboard the Alaska Marine Highway System's (AMHS) high speed ferry "Fairweather," as it embarks on a one month trip for delivery from Bridgeport, Connecticut to Juneau, Alaska today. The builder of the vessel, Derecktor Shipyards, wanted to have a communications system on board for email and weather tracking for its delivery voyage. Working with SeaWave, this has been accomplished


TerraMar Networks Partners with Orbcomm

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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. Orbcomm’s satellite AIS service receives a ship’s identification, position and other critical data.  This data can be used to assist in vessel tracking, maritime navigation and safety


Shipping Fairways NW Australia Discussed at AMSA Meeting

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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 navigation in Australian waters). The meeting attracted 24 navigation practitioners and representatives from the Australian Hydrographic Service, port and state marine authorities


From Security to Efficiency Modern Vessel Tracking

Nick Farrell

More so than many other fields of business, the maritime industry is focused on cost, which in turn gives the appearance of being conservative towards technology. Of course, we have magnificently technical ships operating with equipment that wouldn’t look out of place in a NASA lab


Venezuela Ships First Crude Mixed with Algerian Oil to China

Venezuela is sending its first shipment of crude mixed with Algerian light oil to China, according to state oil company PDVSA and traders.   Venezuela recently started importing Saharan Blend from Algerian state-run Sonatrach to dilute its extra heavy crude from the Orinoco oil belt


MN 100: MidSouth Technologies

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1219 Crescent Avenue Lockport, LA 70374 Tel: (985) 242-5100    Email: jguidry@mst.us.com Website: www.mst.us.com President & CEO: Jeremie Mize The Company: For more than 10 years, MidSouth Technologies has provided technology services to businesses around the world


Kurdish Crude Oil Tankships: End-Game Still in Doubt

After a legal show-down in Texas this week, the outlook for a handful of tankers holding some $300 million worth of Kurdish oil is not looking good. Seemingly unable to find enough buyers willing to take a risk on million-barrel cargoes of disputed crude


Jacksonville Adds PORTS Real-time Data System

1. NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan (left) and James McLaughlin, executive director, Jacksonville Marine Exchange, dedicate the Jacksonville, Florida, PORTS, on July 23, 2014.

  Officials from NOAA, the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange, and the Jacksonville Port Authority officially dedicated a new information system today which will increase safety for ships using the St. Johns River. The system, called Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS)


Norcontrol IT Contributes to 12C Security Project

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With the final conference in September and second and final trial campaign taking place at the end of June 2014, the I2C (Integrated System for Interoperable sensors & Information sources for Common abnormal vessel behavior detection & Collaborative identification of threat) integration


Simrad Launches New ECDIS

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A new, fully IMO certified Integrated Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) navigation system has been announced today, the Simrad CS68 Integrated ECDIS, designed specifically for the commercial market. The Simrad CS68 Integrated ECDIS system offers direct access to key


First MTU Powered Boat Monitored by GPLink

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GPLink’s remote monitoring equipment has been installed on hundreds of Cat powered vessels throughout the world. The company has recently announced that its product has received its first integration on a non-Caterpillar power package.


Repsol to Test Canadian Blend Crude at its Spain Refineries

Repsol will test the first batches of Canadian crude at its Spanish refineries later this month as the oil major takes advantage of a provision that allows Canadian crude to be re-exported through U.S. ports, said a source with knowledge of the deal.


Baltic Med Crude-Urals Weakens, Opens Arb Options

Russian Urals crude weakened in the Baltic on Wednesday due to a number of unsold cargoes while Kazakh CPC continued to strengthen due to a lack of sweet barrels. In the Platts window, Trafigura bought a cargo of Urals from Eni at dated Brent minus $1


Phantom Offers Security for Yachts

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Phantom Services Offers Exclusive Global 24/7 Vessel Monitoring, Tracking and Recovery for GOST Security, Monitoring & Tracking Systems Maritime security firm Phantom Services now offers global Security Concierge Services, providing 24/7 monitoring


Weather Data Integrated for Transas FleetView Online

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Transas Marine announced that it has integrated MeteoGroup weather data in its FleetView Online SSAS-tracking software. With this integration Transas will have one global weather data supplier across the company’s navigation product range.


Olgoonik/Fairweather Wins BOEM Contract

A vessel operated by Olgoonik/Fairweather deploys an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) to measure temperature, salinity, and ocean current speed and velocity. (Photo: Olgoonik/Fairweather ADCP)

Olgoonik/Fairweather, LLC, in conjunction with a team of scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Texas at Austin, the Florida Institute of Technology, Battelle Memorial Institute and Kinnetic Laboratories, Inc., has been awarded the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management


Boatracs to Debut New AIS Maritime Applications

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Boatracs Inc., a provider of integrated satellite communications and software solutions to the maritime industry, said it will conduct live booth demonstrations of two new maritime applications at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans on October 9-11, 2013.


GMSL Converts Fleet with MakaiLay Software

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Global Marine Systems Ltd. (GMSL)  is in the process of converting six of its cable installation and repair vessels to begin using the latest Makai software technology. With the addition of GMSL to the list of customers, Makai software products are now used by large installers and smaller






 
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