MarineTraffic Blog

Category: AIS – essential knowledge

Total 10 Posts

Power of the network

MarineTraffic.com is powered by the world’s largest independent network of terrestrial AIS stations, combined with satellite AIS from partner Orbcomm. Today this network enables the movements of 180,000 vessels to be reported on a daily basis. Among these vessels are the 90,000 ships that make up the world’s commercial fleet,

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The use of the AIS in Academic Research

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) broadcasts high-speed, automatic and granular information from the activity of vessels at sea. It is a Very High Frequency (VHF) radio broadcasting system that enables AIS equipped vessels and shore-based stations to send and receive identifying information. Over time, and since the regulation of its

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MarineTraffic joins Equasis as provider of AIS data

MarineTraffic, the world’s most trusted AIS vessel tracking service, has started supplying geographical positioning data to the Equasis project. Equasis is a European Commission initiative started in 2000 to make ship safety information more widely available. The Equasis project makes information including a vessel’s age, ownership, management, flag, classification society,

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What’s transmitted on the AIS signal?

What information is being transmitted from the ships via their AIS signal and what can we learn from it? The International Maritime Organization SOLAS Convention requires an Automatic Identification System (AIS) to be fitted on every ship, with the exception of warships, leisure craft and fishing boats. The system was

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Up, up and away

Both Google and Facebook are working on two very interesting projects that could see internet coverage expanded to all sorts of remote locations around the world using balloons and solar powered drones. Although the systems, which are based on partnering with telecommunications companies to share cellular spectrum, will never work

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MarineTraffic experiments with balloons

As part of our ongoing programme of innovation, this summer MarineTraffic successfully attached an AIS receiver to a high-altitude meteorological balloon launched from the mountains of the Peloponnese in Greece. Over a two hour period our Ballooney Project collected AIS data from ships across the Aegean to the coasts of

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