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Satellite AIS archive released

Satellite AIS provider exactEarth has announced the release of a new pre-packaged data product, exactAIS Arctic Archive, containing coverage of all maritime traffic activity in the Arctic for the summer months of 2010 and 2011.

The data has been processed and summarised from exactEarth's archive and is now available in annual sets covering July-October of 2010 and 2011.

The company says that the data should provide authorities with greater insight into the shipping activities of the Arctic during the summer months when ice levels lower to allow for increased vessel traffic.

“We are very proud and excited to announce this addition to our product offering,” commented Dave Martin, VP, product management at exactEarth.

“exactAIS Arctic Archive builds upon our existing and proven exactAIS service and provides the most complete record of Arctic vessel movements, now delivered as a pre-packaged data set for easy use.”

In other news, exactEarth has also announced that it has renewed its service level agreement for satellite AIS data with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

EMSA has used satellite AIS data over the last year for a number of projects, including its Maritime Surveillance Picture (MARSURV) service, Project INDALO and EUNAVFOR counter-piracy, as well as within the European Fishery Control Agency (EFCA).

The exactAIS data was used by Project INDALO with Frontex (European Border Management Agency) in establishing measures relating to illegal immigration in the Mediterranean Sea, and more generally for controlling the maritime external borders of European Member States.

The EUNAVFOR Naval counter-piracy operations used the data to help improve maritime security off the coast of Somalia and in the Indian Ocean by providing better overall maritime domain awareness in these areas.

The European Fishery Control Agency (EFCA) employed satellite AIS data to improve monitoring of fishery activities during its Bluefin Tuna campaign, which encompassed a joint deployment plan to monitor all aspects of the Bluefin tuna fishery and ensure the implementation of Common EU Fisheries Policy rules.

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