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Stop Illegal Fishing in its Tracks

Posted by Nicole Schill on Jul 12, 2017 1:35:17 PM

Every angler knows what their daily catch limit is whether they’re standing on a dock at the cottage or heading out to sea with a crew. There’s a fish for every season, and a season for every fish. The laws protecting some bodies of water prohibit gas motors, while others require that a vessel be thoroughly decontaminated before entering. Laws and regulations like these are in place to protect the environment at large, to support the specific needs of individual ecosystems, and to ensure fishing sustainability globally and for populations whose food sources are dependent upon fishing. And we would be remiss not to point out that 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. The adherence to these regulations, no matter where you fish, is vital to our planet, which is why international lawmakers are cracking down on illegal fishing in a big way.

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Topics: Illegal Fishing, tracking fishing boats, fishing, exactTrax

The Future of Global Satellite Communication

Posted by Nicole Schill on Jun 23, 2017 10:04:10 AM

Satellite communication overall is a wonder, and Iridium® has made that wonder a reality and, in the very near future, a source of infinite possibility. The revolutionary Iridium NEXT constellation is bringing futuristic fantasies to life with technology’s best and brightest international partnerships to ensure incredible communication applications worldwide.

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Topics: exactView RT, iridium NEXT

Nor-Shipping 2017 and the Case for Autonomous Fleets

Posted by Nicole Schill on Jun 9, 2017 11:14:35 AM

Nor-Shipping, the top maritime shipping exhibition and conference in the world, drew an incredible global audience to Oslo this past week. This year at the exhibition, discussions focused on advanced technology for very-near-future increased efficiencies and smart shipping, but also jumped ahead to start to plan for autonomous ships and remote fleet navigation. This push for technologically advanced ship design comes with good timing as the IMO continues to strengthen emissions regulations causing ship builders the world over to open designs to great possibilities.

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Topics: real-time vessel tracking, exactView RT, Autonomous Shipping, Future of Shipping

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

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