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MarineTraffic joins Equasis

AIS vessel tracking service MarineTraffic reports that it has begun supplying geographical positioning data to the Equasis project, a European Commission initiative started in 2000 to make ship safety information more widely available.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Equasis project makes information about a vessel – including its age, ownership, management, flag, classification society, P&I club and recent geographical positions – available via an online database that is freely accessible worldwide to registered users.

The aim of the project is to help the exchange of unbiased information and promote transparency in maritime transport.

MarineTraffic, along with other AIS information providers, is supplying Equasis with vessel position information via its network of more than 2,000 AIS receiving stations located in approximately 165 countries, and has now become a member of the Equasis board.

“We are very excited to have joined Equasis and look forward to supporting the project through supply of vessel position information and promoting the service on social media,” said Argyris Stasinakis, partner at MarineTraffic.

“We are supplying high quality position data collected using our global AIS network which will be updated on the Equasis website on a weekly basis. In the future, Equasis users will also have access to vessel pictures provided by MarineTraffic from our extensive vessel photo database.”

“MarineTraffic’s vision is to make the maritime ecosystem more efficient and transparent. The Equasis project was established with a very similar vision – we are delighted to be partnering with such a likeminded initiative.”{/mprestriction}

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