Maritime technology companies ORBCOMM, Pole Star and Weatherdock have jointly developed Hali, a system which combines terrestrial AIS, satellite AIS, and satellite M2M technology into a single package for vessel tracking.
Wärtsilä has introduced its new SmartPredict system, developed by the company's Dynamic Positioning unit to reduce manoeuvring risks by displaying the vessel’s predicted future position and heading.
GateHouse Logistics has launched a new Cloud-based service using AIS signals to provide real-time tracking of loads port-to-port, aimed at manufacturers, cargo owners, logistic service providers, container owners and other players in the supply chain.
The EU-backed Sea Traffic Management (STM) project reports that it has entered its second procurement phase and is currently searching for an additional ECDIS manufacturer to get involved with the initiative to further test interoperability between various systems and providers.
Rock Seven has launched a new fixed cost monthly GSM subscription for users of its dual-mode vessel tracking system, RockFLEET, which also uses Iridium’s satellite network to send data when out of GSM coverage.
Globalstar is launching a new STINGR system, integrating the company’s STX3 simplex satellite transmitter with a GPS receiver and a dual band antenna, to create a unit for use in Internet of Things (IoT)-based solutions for remote sensing, tracking and monitoring of assets like ships and containers.
Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping company, has entered into a two-year agreement with BigOceanData for the provision of vessel tracking services. The initial system is now live and already in use in operation centres around the world on both desktop and mobile devices.
Google, Oceana and SkyTruth have launched Global Fishing Watch, a collaboration which aims to end Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing through the collection and display of satellite AIS (Automatic Identification System) data.
The BigOceanData vessel monitoring system is adding new functionality, with the system now providing Notices to Mariners as a background service while also adding distance tables to enhance routing capabilities. Weather and accessibility upgrades have additionally been added.
exactEarth has been selected by the Government of Ghana’s Fisheries Commission (a member of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Programme) to provide satellite AIS data services and a small vessel tracking system, as part of a 12-month contract that will be worth between $1 million and $2 million.
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