AWT: First Service Using Global AIS for Accurate Vessel Monitoring

press release
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

AWT Launches First Service Using Global Automatic Identification System for Accurate Vessel Monitoring. AWT Global AIS Service Expands Coverage to Include Terrestrial Data and Satellite Data.
 
 
SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 13, 2011 – Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) today announced the launch of its global Automatic Identification System (AIS) service, AWT Global AIS. AWT is the first in its market to provide this innovative service, using satellite data to more accurately monitor vessels beyond coastal regions on a global scale.
 
“With AWT Global AIS, we combine global satellite coverage with terrestrial AIS data to provide fleet managers with maximum coverage, ensuring that they have access to one of the most accurate vessel tracking services on the market today,” said Skip Vaccarello, president and CEO for AWT.
 
What is the Automatic Identification System (AIS)?


AIS is an automated tracking system used on ships for identifying and locating other vessels and is used in navigation primarily for collision avoidance. The AIS transponders automatically broadcast information, such as their position, speed and heading, at regular intervals via a VHF transmitter built into the transponder. Shipboard AIS transponders have a horizontal range that is highly variable but typically only about 35 nautical miles (NM). However, the signal has a vertical range over 200 NM, and over the past few years polar orbiting satellites have been launched that can pick up these signals. Now, with the launch of these satellites, AIS tracking is possible globally.
 
The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requires AIS to be fitted aboard international voyaging ships with gross tonnage (GT) of 300 or more.
 
Combining AIS with AWT Services


When position tracking is not enough and close monitoring of vessels’ ETAs is needed, customers can combine AWT Global AIS service with AWT’s Tracking Service.  AWT inserts the vessel’s track into the AWT Route Optimization System. Using proprietary wind and wave data, vessel-specific speed down algorithms and AWT’s proprietary Climatological Ship Resistance (CSR), AWT can accurately predict when the vessel will arrive at port. The vessel’s ETA is continuously updated throughout the voyage as new weather or position data is received. These vessels are also included in the AWT Daily Fleet Status Report that is sent via email to quickly see if the vessel is falling behind schedule or encountering bad weather.
 
“With AWT Global AIS data, our customers can now get a more complete picture of each voyage in a timely and cost-effective manner,” says Richard Brown, vice president of product management at AWT. “Combining AIS data with other AWT services lets fleet managers see when a vessel is approaching high-risk areas such as pirate attack regions, as well as detect when a vessel stops before the captain has had a chance to report it.”
 
AWT Global AIS can also be used with AWT’s GlobalView™ fleet management system to get more accurate information in a visual, easy-to-use format. By combining AIS reports with AWT’s voyage tracking service and GlobalView, fleet managers can closely monitor the safety, ETA and performance of their vessels.
 
According to Anthony Birch, Marine Assistant, Operations, Africa Express Lines, “AWT’s Global AIS service greatly benefits us. When combined with GlobalView, not only does it give us positioning of the entire fleet on-screen, but you get the added bonus of overlaying the weather, clouds, visibility, waves, current speeds, etc., and this list goes on. It is an invaluable source of information in a neat little package.”
 
GlobalView is an innovative fleet management system from Applied Weather Technology that combines the latest industry-leading ship routing technology with Google™ Earth to give fleet managers a visual, easy-to-use and powerful system for enhancing safety, saving fuel, time and money and reducing CO2 emissions. Introduced in October 2010 as the first fleet management system to provide critical maritime data within the visual presentation of Google Earth technology, GlobalView has been steadily embraced by clients worldwide, and in June 2011, GlobalView won a prestigious Safety at Sea Award. More information and a video about GlobalView are available here.
 

Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

US Navy: Future USS John Finn (DDG 113) Launched

The future USS John Finn (DDG 113) was launched at the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard March 28.  During launch the drydock was flooded allowing the

WISTA AGM to Address Emerging Shipping Challenges

WISTA USA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association) is putting the final touches on a high-profile speaker line-up that will headline its upcoming

WOW at USMMA

The United States Merchant Marine Academy Hosts 7th Annual Women on the Water Conference. Last week, The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in conjunction with the U.

Technology

Maersk to Install Transas ECDIS on 100 Vessels

Maersk Line, the world's largest container company, has selected Transas Marine for ECDIS implementation on more than 100 vessels, Transas announced today. The

KVH Outlines Ship-to-Shore Connectivity

The next generation of connectivity between ship and shore will be dominated by the development of applications to help ship owners and managers reduce costs by enhancing operational efficiency,

MARIN, Cruden, Tree C Technology Forge Small Ship Simulator

Severe vibrations and shocks of up to 9G over an average of 1000 hours per year. That’s what instructors of fast small ships such as the Fast Raiding, Interception

New Products

VIKING LifeCraft Presented at IMO

This week, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment took a step towards gaining approval for the VIKING LifeCraft, its alternative life-saving appliance (LSA) for passenger ships.

MAN Demonstrates Two-Stroke Methanol Engine Concept

MAN Diesel & Turbo successfully demonstrated its ME-LGI concept engine in front of customers and partners at its Diesel Research Center in Copenhagen on March 17th, the company announced today.

Maersk to Install Transas ECDIS on 100 Vessels

Maersk Line, the world's largest container company, has selected Transas Marine for ECDIS implementation on more than 100 vessels, Transas announced today. The

Offshore

Keppel FELS Delivers 11th Jackup to Mexico

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has delivered a KFELS B Class jackup rig to Mexican national oil company,

North Sea Oil: Harkand wins Maersk Oil North Sea Deal

Harkand won a multi-million contract with Maersk Oil North Sea Ltd for the provision of DSV services in the North Sea region. The 12-month contract will be serviced by Harkand’s two DSVs,

China's Air Drills Roil South China Sea Waters

China's air force conducted its first drill above the western Pacific Ocean on Monday, the Defence Ministry said, in a move that could exacerbate tensions with

Navigation

Maersk to Install Transas ECDIS on 100 Vessels

Maersk Line, the world's largest container company, has selected Transas Marine for ECDIS implementation on more than 100 vessels, Transas announced today. The

Enhancements for Standard 22 Gyro Compass

The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz has announced a new revision of the Anschütz Standard 22 Gyro Compass System. The enhancements improve

ECDIS to be Installed on 100 plus Maersk Vessels

Maersk Line selected Transas Marine for  ECDIS implementation on  more than 100 vessels.   The contract features Transas state-of-the-art Navi-Sailor ECDIS 4000

Environmental

Methanol Powered Ferry Launched in Baltic Sea

Swedish ferry operator Stena Line has announced that it has converted the Stena Germanica to run on methanol, an industry first.   The company spent $24 million on converting the ship to methanol.

U.S. Oil Train Traffic mostly from Midwest to East Coast

U.S. oil trains delivered more than 13.5 million barrels of crude oil from the Midwest to the East Coast in January, according to government data that gives a first

MAN Demonstrates Two-Stroke Methanol Engine Concept

MAN Diesel & Turbo successfully demonstrated its ME-LGI concept engine in front of customers and partners at its Diesel Research Center in Copenhagen on March 17th, the company announced today.

Maritime Safety

VIKING LifeCraft Presented at IMO

This week, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment took a step towards gaining approval for the VIKING LifeCraft, its alternative life-saving appliance (LSA) for passenger ships.

Maersk to Install Transas ECDIS on 100 Vessels

Maersk Line, the world's largest container company, has selected Transas Marine for ECDIS implementation on more than 100 vessels, Transas announced today. The

Severn Provider Ready for Offshore Markets

The naming ceremony took place today for Severn Offshore Services Ltd.’s new multipurpose wind farm vessel, Severn Provider, built at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem in the Netherlands.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2316 sec (4 req/sec)