Fighting the Impacts of Global Shipping on our Oceans

Posted by Nicole Schill on Apr 22, 2015 9:20:00 AM

90% of world trade is carried across our oceans by over 150,000 ships.

Without ships the import and export of goods on the scale necessary for the modern world would not be possible. According to the International Chamber of Shipping there are over 50,000 merchant ships trading internationally, transporting every kind of cargo. The ebb and flow of goods in the world market mirrors the waves of the very waterways delivering them. But what does this increase in activity mean to the health of one of our greatest resources?

It means that more than 10% of the total marine pollution our oceans face daily is caused by ships.

It means that although maritime shipping is considered the "cleaner" mode of transport compared to planes to trucks, it remains a major source of harmful emissions and species threatening pollution.



It means that more needs to be done to protect oceans and the marine life that calls them home.


Here at exactEarth, we've seen a number of our customers use our Satellite AIS data to combat the shipping impacts on oceans, including The Finnish Meteorological Institute who used our data to monitor ship emissions. Read the Case Study here. 


JAW DROPPING FACT: Did you know that one single ship coming into harbour produces as much smog-forming emissions as 350,000 new cars? - Earth Justice


Having a clear understanding of the maritime domain and monitoring the vessel activity within it is crucial in order to truly serve the goal of ocean protection because some of the biggest impacts to the marine environment are caused by shipping operations.

From ballast water exchange to oil spills to collisions with wildlife, the reality is that these practices are leading to massive marine pollution and damage.

We published an e-Book outlining how Satellite AIS can help aid in the fight. Download your free copy today.


Inside you'll find how our Satellite AIS vessel monitoring data can play a role in combating:

  • Discharge of Ballast Water Outside Designated Zones
  • Disposal of Marine Debris, Waste and Sewage
  • Oil and Hazardous Material Spills
  • Physical Damage to Marine Habitats from a Ship Grounding
  • Air and Noise Emissions
  • Collisions with Wildlife

Satellite AIS extends vessel tracking from just 50 nautical miles off the coast to a complete global picture of the world’s shipping. We can help you accurately monitor all vessels in the vicinity of protected areas, automatically issue alerts of any breaches to geo-fenced areas, determine traffic patterns and identify culprits of environmental offences in near-real time with our exactEarth ShipView platform. Learn more about ShipView.

It's increasingly evident that we need to develop more effective and preventative strategies to reduce environmental risk from shipping practices. One of the best ways to do that is to establish the historical patterns of vessels to find solutions for change.

Our Satellite Data Service has been collecting global AIS vessel tracking data since July 2010 allowing you to look back on shipping tracks and patterns for insight into the impacts it has had on our ocean environment. Archived data allows for comprehensive vessel tracking on a global scale by providing a basis for analysis of ship movements.

Establish patterns of vessel behaviour to pursue illegal movements or actions; analyze seasonal traffic changes to routing measures around migratory mammals or monitor the breaches around Marine Protected Areas over time to establish better zoning- it's all possible with exactAIS Archive data.

By looking to the past, you can put measures in place for the future. We can provide you with the shipping data you need to affect serious change.


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Topics: Ballast Water Exchange, Environmental Protection, Marine Protected Areas, Mapping Oceans, Ship Tracking, Ocean, Vessel Monitoring, shipping data, Ship Monitoring, preserving oceans, ocean environment, protecting oceans, marine environment, ocean protection

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