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The Filthy Facts About Shipping Pollution

Posted by Nicole Schill on May 19, 2015 1:26:16 PM


Our oceans are regularly victim to pollution caused by oil slicks and the dumping of rubbish resulting from accidents and illegal activities. Nearly half of the pollution at sea is caused by ships’ accidental or deliberate discharge of crude oil and other refined products.

Combining these traditional pollutants with the atmospheric effects of shipping emissions, vessels have a globally substantial impact on our ocean environment.

What role can Satellite AIS play in monitoring these pollution incidents or even better, preventing them from happening?

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Topics: Satellite AIS, Environmental Protection, Satellite AIS data, Ocean, Satellite AIS Vessel Tracking, Satellite AIS Tracking, AIS Vessel Tracking,, preserving oceans, ocean environment, protecting oceans, marine environment, ocean protection

Vessel Monitoring for Whale Ship Strike Risk

Posted by Nicole Schill on May 6, 2015 9:08:00 AM

Many species of whales and dolphins are vulnerable to collisions with vessels that can sustain serious damage to the ship and also injure or kill the animal. There is no universal solution to the problem of ship strikes but clearly the most effective way to reduce collision risk is to keep whales and ships apart. And that's exactly what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is trying to do.

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Topics: Satellite AIS, AIS, Environmental Protection, Marine Mammology, Satellite AIS Vessel Tracking, Satellite AIS Tracking, ship strike risk, ship strike, whales

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?

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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

Shark Fishing

Posted by Nicole Schill on Aug 13, 2014 3:05:00 PM

In dedication to Shark Week, we wanted to focus on the issues surrounding shark fishing. It is shocking to read some of the facts about sharks and the rise of illegal shark fishing happening around the world.

As a growing number of laws emerge against shark fishing and with the increased global awareness around the act of Shark Finning, a staggering 100,000,000 sharks are still killed globally each year. Even with these regulations in place, fishermen are still finning sharks and leaving their bodies to die at sea.

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Topics: Satellite AIS, Environmental Protection, Mapping Oceans, Illegal Fishing, Shark Finning, Shark Fishing, Shark Week,

Monitoring Marine Protected Areas Just Got Easier

Posted by Nicole Schill on Mar 28, 2014 2:57:00 PM

With the ever increasing use of our oceans also comes the price of ever increasing pressure and threats to its well-being. Many resources have been fully exploited, overexploited or depleted, there has been a reduction in biodiversity, and degradation of marine habitats and species. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are a key tool used to protect ecosystems from the effects of industrial activity and play an important role in effectively zoning our oceans.

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Topics: Satellite AIS, Environmental Protection, Marine Protected Areas, Mapping Oceans, Ocean Zoning

Creating Open Ocean VTS

Posted by Peggy Browning on Feb 20, 2013 1:32:00 PM

exactEarth recently signed up to assist in a new vessel routing program run by the European Union.  The MONALISA project aims at giving a concrete contribution to the efficient, safe and environmentally friendly maritime transport.  The initial focus is on the major navigational areas in Swedish and Finnish waters in the Baltic Sea which will contribute to improving overall safety and optimization of ship routes. 

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Topics: Satellite AIS, Vessel Traffic Services, AIS, Environmental Protection, Satellite AIS data, Vessel Monitoring

The Role of Satellite AIS in Environmental Protection

Posted by Peggy Browning on Nov 29, 2011 3:04:00 PM

I recently presented on the basics of AIS (both terrestrial and satellite) to a group at the 19th Biennial Conference Society for Marine Mammalogy.  The workshop was on using AIS for the protection of the environment and in particular whale species.

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Topics: Satellite AIS, Environmental Protection, Marine Protected Areas, Marine Mammology

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