Tag Archives: AIS

US Navy Turns on AIS — Useful Tool, Band-aid, or Both?

Following the recent collisions between US Navy destroyers and merchant ships, various internet sites posted the AIS tracks of the collisions. Well, they posted half the AIS tracks anyway.  The merchant ships used AIS while the Navy did not. While … Continue reading

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Ship Traffic as Seen From Space

Here is an animation of global ship traffic as seen from space. Mesmerizing and beautiful. Global ship traffic seen from space – FleetMon Satellite AIS and FleetMon Explorer Two thoughts immediately come to mind.

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Can Big Data Stop Overfishing? Will Google’s Global Fishing Watch Succeed?

Overfishing of the world’s oceans is a huge and immediate problem. Back in 2002, the nations participating in the World Summit on Sustainable Development agreed to end overfishing by 2015. Suffice it say, it didn’t happen.  Indeed, some scientists are predicting … Continue reading

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Struggle over Kurdish Oil — Tanker United Kalavrvta Goes Dark in Gulf of Mexico

The Suezmax oil tanker United Kalavrvta has been motoring in large circles in the Gulf of Mexico for over a month. Today her AIS (Automatic Identification System) transponder was turned off, making her far more difficult to track. The ship has, at … Continue reading

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Global Ship Traffic — Then and Now

By definition, shipping is the ultimate offshore industry. For most, the business of shipping is largely invisible, literally beyond the horizon. I recently came across two representations of global shipping – a plot developed from ship’s logs from the 18th … Continue reading

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Five Dead, Six Missing After Car Carrier Baltic Ace Sinks in Collision

Following the sinking last night of the car carrier Baltic Ace, the bodies of five sailors have been recovered.  Six of the crew are missing and presumed dead in the icy waters of the North Sea. The 485-foot long Bahamain-flagged   car … Continue reading

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