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Real-Time Matters: Maritime Fleet Management Then and Now

Posted by Nicole Schill on May 11, 2017 12:49:39 PM

Maritime shipping has existed as an industry since the first people constructed a boat way back in prehistoric times; fleet management as a profession wasn’t far behind. After all someone had to keep track of strangers from foreign lands and the treasures they brought. In many ways fleet management protocols and technology have come a long way, but you may be surprised to learn that certain aspects of fleet management ring true in the present day maritime shipping industry.

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Topics: fleet management

Real-Time Vessel Data Satisfies Our Need for Speed

Posted by Nicole Schill on May 3, 2017 9:36:49 AM

We’re regularly encouraged to feed off of instant gratification in every aspect of our day. You can shop for groceries online and pick your haul up on your way home from work, or have it delivered. Tap your credit or debit card to pay for almost everything, everywhere. Locate your kids through their cell phones right now with a call or GPS locator. How did we go from all day bike rides with your friends away from your parents without any form of communication to carrying a pocket-sized link to the universe on us at all times?

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Topics: real-time vessel tracking

The Future of Global Vessel Tracking is Real-Time

Posted by Nicole Schill on Mar 23, 2017 1:45:03 PM


Four satellites in the exactView RT powered by Harris constellation are currently orbiting miles and miles above us waiting for their other 61 companions to launch later this year. These advanced payloads will provide exactEarth customers with rapid, reliable and real-time insight into global shipping activity for the first time ever.


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Topics: exactView RT

The Global Move towards Energy-Efficient Marine Shipping

Posted by Nicole Schill on Dec 13, 2016 9:33:00 AM

The global quest to reduce maritime shipping greenhouse gas emissions is daunting. This bold project spearheaded by the UN-backed International Maritime Organization (IMO) is propelling the marine transportation industry to design and implement efficient, affordable solutions that sustain both the environment and commercial industry – a relationship that is historically fraught with conflict. The IMO’s strategy connects the entire maritime shipping industry to pool resources, ideas, and advancements to implement innovative best practices and solutions together.

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Topics: IMO, ship emissions, monitoring ship emissions, ship fuel consumption, emissions

The Voyage to Transparency with Big Data

Posted by Nicole Schill on Nov 29, 2016 1:04:58 PM

Big data is a big deal for the maritime shipping industry. Until very recently, maritime insights and analytics had to be gathered in bits and pieces, and that data at best was in bits and pieces. Satellite technology has made a huge splash in the way we collect and analyze data in every industry. The key to understanding the importance of big data has to do with analytics. Big data is normal, everyday data collected in vast quantities and analyzed in ways that previously would have taken more resources than it was worth. Technology has managed to compress data and expand storage capabilities to allow for big data analysis to be realized in minutes instead of hours, days, months, or years.

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Topics: shipping data, vessel data, big data, maritime intelligence

The Push for Reduced Maritime Carbon Emissions

Posted by Nicole Schill on Nov 17, 2016 9:32:00 AM

Maritime efficiency is a hot topic in the United Nations’ and European Commission’s strategies to reduce human impact on climate change. The European Commission reports that marine transport is only responsible for about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, so why the push to reduce ship emissions?

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Topics: IMO, ocean environment, ship emissions, monitoring ship emissions, ship fuel consumption

Catching Up with Deadliest Catch

Posted by Nicole Schill on Aug 13, 2015 10:30:06 AM

Summers in Canada conjure up images of sitting out on the dock of the bay, fishing pole cast into a serene lake while off in the distance a loon lets out its distinct call.

Over on the Discovery Channel, they are reminding us that all sorts of fishing activity is happening in some not so serene places. Deadliest Catch (airing Tuesday nights at 10 p.m.) follows the crews of fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan crab seasons. After a couple episodes you will quickly discover where the show gets its title when you see the high level of risk for the crew aboard these boats. Huge rogue waves and frigid waters combined with massive industrial fishing equipment being hurled around at breakneck speed makes for some extreme TV.

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Topics: AIS, tracking fishing boats, fishing

Should I Track Global Fishing Activity with VMS or AIS?

Posted by Nicole Schill on Aug 4, 2015 2:12:53 PM

 

The battle of the fishing boat monitoring acronyms rears its head yet again. Here at exactEarth we're asked often about how AIS compares to VMS and why to use one system over the other. We believe that although the systems are different, they can be quite complementary.

As the global illegal fishing crisis intensifies, it's important to look for the best tracking and monitoring system possible.

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Topics: Satellite AIS, AIS, Satellite AIS data, Vessel Monitoring, Illegal Fishing, Satellite AIS Vessel Tracking, Satellite AIS Tracking, AIS Vessel Tracking,, VMS, tracking fishing boats, Vessel Monitoring System

Satellite AIS Just Got Real

Posted by Nicole Schill on Jul 6, 2015 1:36:00 PM


In case you missed our big announcement, we wanted to fill you in.

exactEarth and Harris Corporation have partnered up to bring to you real-time Satellite AIS. That's right, real-time global ship tracking from space will soon be a reality. Through the new partnership, we're able to hitch a ride on 58 hosted payloads of the Iridium NEXT constellation.

These satellites are networked together with crosslinks and are in constant communication with multiple ground stations. This means you receive AIS data in real time!

We're all about taking giant strides forward to expand our services and the system that powers them. That's why we're also really excited about the 2 planned satellite launches in the fall of 2015, including an equatorial satellite that will significantly lower the current revisit times.

Satellite AIS is changing forever - Take a look at our latest infographic to learn more about our present system with a glimpse into the future as well with exactView RT!!


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Topics: Satellite AIS, AIS, Satellite AIS data, Maritime Domain Awareness, Satellite AIS Vessel Tracking

The Dirty Truth About Ballast Water Exchange

Posted by Nicole Schill on May 27, 2015 9:49:29 AM


The inadvertent transfer of harmful aquatic organisms in a vessel’s ballast water has been determined to have caused a significant adverse impact to many of the world’s coastal regions. Ballast water discharge typically contains a variety of biological materials, including plants, animals, viruses, and bacteria that can cause extensive ecological and economic damage to aquatic ecosystems.

The international maritime community, with the support of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed several new regulations to help prevent the introduction of unwanted organisms. However, competent maritime authorities have a very limited capability to monitor vessel’s compliance to this rule. Without Satellite AIS data, authorities are often left with little to no information to link a probable culprit to the incident.

We've put together an infographic that illustrates the impacts of ballast water discharge and why it's so important to monitor vessels' compliance to ballast water exchange in the designated areas for marine environment protection.
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Topics: Ballast Water Exchange, ocean environment, marine environment

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