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Monday, January 22, 2018

Vessel Track News

Ghana's Vessel Tracking Deal for exactEarth

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exactEarth Ltd. has been selected by the Fisheries Commission (West Africa Regional Fisheries Programme), an agency of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD) of the Government of Ghana, for the provision of Satellite AIS data services as well as a small vessel tracking solution. The contract value is in a range of $1.0-$2.0 million for a 12 month period and will enable Ghana to acquire the technology necessary to monitor its expansive coastlines and deter illegal fishing in its national waters.

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.

BigOceanData Rolls out Gen-Next Vessel Tracking System

Pic: BigOceanData

A new name has joined the vessel tracking sector with a product that promises to set new standards in functionality and user-friendliness. BigOceanData is the new brand from Globavista, the professional vessel tracking and monitoring provider trusted by industry professionals and government agencies alike. BigOceanData is a completely new service designed to meet the needs of today’s maritime sector: a web-based, full function, premium service that will meet the needs of the industry, all at a highly competitive price.

CargoSmart Adds Premium Features to Big Schedules

CargoSmart Limited, a global shipment management software solutions provider that leverages big data for greater visibility and benchmarking, announced it has added premium features to its sailing schedule search engine, Big Schedules. Available on a subscription basis, the new features allow shippers and logistics service providers to have deeper insights into their shipment planning through sailing schedules and live vessel tracking. Snce its launch in July 2015, nearly 4,000 registered users have made more than 238,000 searches through the Big Schedules sailing schedule search and vessel tracking platform. Ongoing supply chain disruptions around global ports…

Port Vision to Supply TerminalSmart to Sunoco

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, reporting and analytics with the PortVision Automatic Identification System (AIS)-based vessel tracking services. TerminalSmart is the industryÂ’s first web-based service platform that integrates vessel tracking, dock management, and analysis in a single, convenient operational dashboard for marine terminal operators. TerminalSmart supports dock scheduling, comprehensive dock activity logging, and business intelligence reporting.

Glimpses of AIS Trends in the PortVision 2014 Crystal Ball

AIS Display: Image Wiki CCL

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. 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 and immediately actionable business insights and intelligence. Trend #2: Improving marine terminal efficiencies.

Maersk Line Implements BigOceanData Vessel Tracking

Photo: Maersk Line

BigOceanData and Maersk Line have entered into a two-year agreement whereby BigOceanData will deliver vessel tracking services to Maersk Line. The initial system went live on August 1, 2016 and is already in use in operation centers around the world on both desktop and mobile devices. BigOceanData is now working with Maersk Line to optimize the vessel tracking system for their in-house systems. BigOceanData is initially being used to track Maersk Line’s fleet, a total of approximately 630 owned and chartered vessels…

First Suezmax Tanker Transits Expanded Panama Canal

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The first Suezmax crude oil tanker that was slated to go through the newly expanded Panama Canal began its transit on Thursday, a public relations official told Reuters. The Aegean Unity, a Greece-flagged Suezmax vessel coming from the U.S. West Coast, entered the Canal Thursday morning, according to Reuters' vessel tracking data. Suezmax-sized vessels, which can carry some 1 million barrels of oil, were unable to pass through the canal prior its expansion. The new canal may help open new trade routes for oil.

PortVision Introduces TerminalSmart

PortVision, provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, announced its web-based service platform integrating vessel tracking, management and analysis in a single, operational dashboard for marine terminal operators. The TerminalSmart solution gives terminal operators access to PortVision’s comprehensive database of both real-time and historical vessel movements based on AIS vessel-tracking data, and combines it with management, analysis and reporting tools to enhance terminal operations. Unlike stand-alone AIS-based tracking tools that simply display dots on a map to represent current vessel locations, TerminalSmart is a comprehensive real-time and historical vessel tracking, management and analysis platform.

Globavista Launch Software Product Update

Globavista drives greater efficiency in vessel fleets by providing enhanced operational intelligence to fleet managers with new software product updates, the developer announced. Globavista is a vessel tracking and monitoring product enhanced with a new User Interface allowing the management of large scale fleets more effectively, giving easier, more intuitive analysis to fleet managers across the globe. As the demands of maritime tracking and fleet management grows, there is increased worldwide demand for the Globavista vessel tracking platform…

New Platform for Managing Liquid Terminal Product Movements

© Jelle van der Wolf / Adobe Stock photo

Oceaneering International, Inc. announced that its TerminalSmart platform can now be used to manage all liquid terminal product movements across the entire facility from the dock to tanks and pipelines. Proven at the dock where it has been used by major oil and gas companies and liquid storage terminals to significantly improve efficiency during a period of unprecedented growth in vessel transportation traffic, the platform now serves as the hub for all terminal logistics, from facilitating key performance indicators (KPIs) to warning users about scheduling conflicts.

PortVision Now Supports Long Range Tracking

PortVision now offers a service that allows PortVision users to integrate long-range vessel tracking (LRIT) directly within the web-based PortVision platform.  PV-Onboard Global is the latest addition to the PV-Onboard product line, which already allows barges, intermodal containers, railcars, and trailers to be tracked and managed along with AIS-enabled vessels from within the PortVision service. 

Vessel Tracking on IMO Agenda

IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) is scheduled to take place on May 10 through May 19. Long-range identification and tracking of ships on agenda. MSC will discuss the proposed adoption of new regulations on Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) of ships, when it meets at the Organization's London Headquarters for its 81st session. Other important issues on the MSC agenda include the adoption of other amendments to the SOLAS and STCW Conventions, development of goal-based standards for new ship construction and passenger ship safety.

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

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, disseminate and act on information is central to safe port operations. A U.K.

PortVision Vessel-Tracking for Gulf Cleanup Ops

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,” said Scott Neuhauser, Deputy Branch Director for Plaquemines Parish with BP. “We have worked closely with BP and the Unified Command operations team in support of real-time vessel-tracking activities related to the Gulf incident response and restoration effort,” said Dean Rosenberg, chief executive officer.

GSM Tariff Launched for RockFLEET Dual-Mode Vessel Tracking System

RockFLEET automatically switches from satellite to transmit GPS and M2M data over 2G3G4G and GPRS networks when available.

Iridium satcom specialist Rock Seven has launched a new fixed monthly GSM tariff for users of its dual-mode vessel tracking system, RockFLEET. The new £10/month subscription covers all vessel tracking and M2M (Machine-to-Machine) data transmitted over GSM networks by the RockFLEET system when operating within GSM coverage. As standard the RockFLEET system provides vessel GPS location reports at user-defined intervals using the global Iridium satellite Short Burst Data (SBD) service, but Rock Seven has seen demand for dual-mode operation using its optional GSM module rise.

Secretary Slater Dedicates New Seaway Vessel Traffic Control Center

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater dedicated a new vessel traffic control center at the Saint Lawrence Seaway's Eisenhower Lock. This fully automated system, operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), will improve vessel tracking capabilities on the seaway, making maritime travel safer and more efficient. "This new center will provide users with a seamless source of vessel traffic information covering all sections of the seaway," Secretary Slater said at the dedication ceremony. The new vessel traffic control center was named in honor of Erman Cocci, SLSDC's associate administrator.

Crude Rises; Libyan Tankers Off U.S. Coast

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)

Guarding American Trade Enterprises (GATE) Act

Representative Sanchez (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 3788) to amend title 46, United States Code, to modify requirements applicable to the National Maritime Transportation Security Plan with respect to ensuring that the flow of cargo through United States ports is reestablished after a transportation security incident, to require the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to develop and implement a secure long-range automated vessel tracking system, to aid maritime security, efficiency, and safety, and for other purposes. Source: HK Law

C-Vu 3D VTS: New 3D Vessel Tracking System

Cargo ship entering Southampton.

The new course to follow in controlling port traffic. A step change to enhance safety and improve operational efficiency. Large ships navigating narrow waterways are always vulnerable to accidents – one only has to think of the Sea Empress tanker disaster at Milford Haven, or more recently the wrecking of the Costa Concordia. Managing their progress, usually in and out of ports and in other restricted channels, has understandably assumed a critical role in ensuring their safety.

GOST Debuts GOST Tracker App

GOST Nav-Tracker is a global Inmarsat satellite-basedtracking device that offers reliable, remote vessel tracking and management from anywhere in the world. Photo GOST

Marine Security Leader Offers Free Vessel Tracking Software for Mobile Devices Fort Lauderdale, Fla. surveillance systems, announced today the release of a new free app – the GOST Tracker App. A revolution in mobile vessel management, the GOST Tracker App allows boat owners to link to vessel data from a corresponding Nav-Tracker device and other GOST tracking systems via a smartphone or tablet with an easy-to-use, secure interface. intuitive application allows users to log in with the same username and password used to access their account on the GOST website.

Coast Guard Holding Public Meetings on AIS Requirements

December to facilitate discussion on this issue. vessels that are on international voyages. also required to have AIS when they are operating in U.S. Vessel Traffic Systems or Vessel Movement Reporting Systems. for installation of this equipment is either July 1, 2004, or Dec. depending on the vessel. expansion of the AIS requirement to other vessels and waterways. vessels to use AIS. channels. * November 5, 2003, 9 a.m. Hale Boggs Federal Building, Room B100, 501 Magazine Street, New Orleans. * November 13, 2003, 9:30 a.m. Museum, Museum Theater, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Mass. Seattle. and exemptions and costs. comments on the ten questions and any additional AIS issues. period ends on Jan. 5, 2004.

Transas Rolls Out New FleetViewOnline

New version of Transas Marine FleetViewOnline 3.11 SSAS and Tracking service. In today’s world economy, fleet management becomes more and more essential where information is a key. In response to this, Transas Marine introduces a new version of its fleet SSAS and tracking service FleetViewOnline 3.11. FleetViewOnline 3.11 offers its users three alternatives for electronic charts presentation; Transas Marine proven TX-97 charts with worldwide coverage, OpenSteetMaps land charts and any charts provided by Web Map Service.

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