Greatest Hits: Ocean monitoring and sustainability

Posted by Nicole Schill on Nov 30, 2017 10:12:05 AM

As part of the global oceanic problem-solving community, we regularly look forward to see what’s coming, and measure success by the possibilities created by current accomplishments in ocean monitoring and sustainability. With the year coming to an end, it’s a great time to pause and celebrate present-day marine technology success, both from exactEarth, and the scientific community worldwide.

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Topics: Environmental Protection, ocean environment, marine environment

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

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

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

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