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MarineTraffic and UNCTAD agree MoU

(l-r) Argyris Stasinakis, MarineTraffic, with Shamika Sirimane, UNCTAD (l-r) Argyris Stasinakis, MarineTraffic, with Shamika Sirimane, UNCTAD

MarineTraffic and the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covering the sharing of information and data to improve both organisations’ services and allow for more accurate analysis of global trade and shipping trends.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Geneva-headquartered UNCTAD is active in integrating developing countries into the world economy, with maritime related research, policy analysis and data collection a part of this process.

MarineTraffic currently records 800 million vessel positions and 18 million vessel and port related events monthly by tracking ships’ Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) through a network of terrestrial receivers and satellites.

The company couples this with a range of data analytical capabilities to help customer organisations to make sense of the huge volumes of data generated by vessel movements.

“MarineTraffic provides accurate data on the trading patterns of the world’s commercial shipping fleet. Building their data into our research, datasets and analysis will deliver a level of both granular and big picture accuracy that will enable us to strengthen our support for developing countries and help us reach our goal of delivering a fairer globalised economy,” said Dr Jan Hoffmann, chief of UNCTAD’s trade logistics branch.{/mprestriction}

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