• 2018 March 22 17:12

    Germany based firm offers AIS vessel management tracking systems preventing IUU fishing

    Germany based Weatherdock Cooperation, a world leader in small vessel tracking systems, offers its AIS technology as a tool against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). Weatherdock says this is a well-known problem in capture fisheries that occurs both in high sea fisheries and in the exclusive economic zones of coastal States by national and foreign vessels and in river and inland fisheries.

    In marine fisheries, while it is difficult to estimate precisely the total IUU catch in tonnage or value terms, the level of IUU fishing has reached major proportions for some species. These catches, in many cases, are being made by both authorized and non-authorized fishers. IUU fishing undermines national and regional efforts to conserve and manage fish stocks and, as a consequence, inhibits progress towards achieving the goals of long-term sustainability and responsibility. Moreover, IUU fishing greatly disadvantages and discriminates against those fishers that act responsibly, honestly and in accordance with the terms of their fishing authorizations. This is a compelling reason why IUU fishing must be dealt with expeditiously and in a transparent manner. How to get this phenomen under control?

    The state of the art technology which is used to control, monitor and overcome the existing problems of IUU is a technology which is used at commercial vessels for traffic monitoring since 2000, which is a technology called “AIS”. “AIS” stands for “Automatic Identification System” for vessels.

    AIS transponders, mounted on vessels, automatically transmit the position and velocity of the ship at regular intervals via a VHF radio built into the AIS. The position and velocity originate from an integral GPS receiver.

    Other information, such as the vessel name and VHF call sign, is entered when installing the equipment. The signals are received by AIS transponders fitted on other ships or on land based monitoring systems.
    In order to ensure that the VHF transmissions of different AIS transponders do not occur at the same time they are time multiplexed.

    This “AIS” technology is also ideal to be used for monitoring small fishing vessels. A small simple transmitter, like the size of a smartphone, but slightly thicker transmits the actual position of the small fishing vessel. The transmitter is battery driven and can last before recharge up to 5 days. Alternatively it can also be connected to the battery of the vessel or the generator of the vessel.

    With that device, the local authorities as the Boarder Guard, the Coast Guard of the Ministry of fishing can monitor the activities of the fisherman in the economic zones of the coastal states.

    In addition, this system is also used an intelligent tracking system that fulfills all requirements for naval border security. Tracking and identifying objects are big needs for authorities and to know “friend or foe” will minimize terror risks.

    As an example – Malaysia has got such a system already in use with products from Germany, from the company Weatherdock. Malaysia did decide for these devices due to reliability, high end technology and certification expertise these devices do have.

    About Weatherdock AG
    Weatherdock Cooperation, Germany founded in 2003 is now a world leader in small vessel tracking systems based in VHF and AIS-SART personal locator beacons for lifejackets. Weatherdock in 2016 was named among the best 100 midsize companies in Germany.




2018 April 27

09:43 APL honoured with “Ship Operator Award” at Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia 2018
09:16 Baltic Dry Index down to 1,375 points

2018 April 26

18:35 British Ports Association elects Alec Don as new Chairman
18:05 AIDA launches 2018 cruise season in Rostock
17:35 Cruise season begins in Stockholm
17:05 Royal IHC delivers 4000 tonnes crane vessel GULLIVER to Scaldis
16:49 Tallink launches virtual customer services assistant Nemo
16:34 IMO meeting in July to continue 2020 preparations
16:05 Aker Solutions upgrades Aberdeen site to target growing subsea services market
15:50 Cruise season in Tallinn starts on April 26 with this year’s first cruise vessel Viking Sea calling the Old City Harbour
15:35 New report of Intrernational Transport Forum assesses Japan’s ambition to become an international bunkering hub for LNG
15:34 MEPC 72: ISO confirms plans to develop interim guidance for 0.50%S bunker fuel
15:33 Hamburg newly elected Board Member for Cruise Europe Association
15:19 50 percent Co2 cut by 2050 – governments must acknowledge enormity of what IMO has agreed - ICS
14:49 IMO takes first step toward Arctic HFO ban, but first needs to define ‘HFO’
14:10 Highway section of Crimea Bridge passed acceptance tests (photo)
13:02 The newly established Klaveness Combination Carriers AS to form part of the solution to the ambitious climate strategy passed on by IMO
12:24 IPCSA is new honorary partner for Ports 4.0 Conference in Tallinn
12:22 Revenue at port of Amsterdam grows in 2017
12:01 GTT and Sembcorp Marine sign a license agreement for the design and construction of membrane tank solutions
11:48 Boskalis towage joint venture Keppel Smit Towage names first LNG powered harbor tug in South East Asia
11:39 2,258 icebreaker escort operations performed in eastern part of Gulf of Finland this winter navigation season
11:39 DP World reports 7.3 % gross volume growth in first quarter of 2018
11:13 Bunker prices are slightly down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:42 Klaipėdos nafta starts allocation of LNG terminal capacities for new gas year
10:15 Brent Crude futures price up 0.61% to $74.45, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.48% to $68.38
09:54 IMO reaffirmed support for its African Member States
09:32 Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company’s shipyard repaired ferry vessel owned by Sea Trade Fleet of Turkmenistan
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,376 points

2018 April 25

18:31 Westcon appeals the court judgement regarding the TSV Safe Scandinavia conversion
18:18 Three-day event held in Papua New Guinea focused on safety of domestic ferries
18:16 Fast ferry for Angolan Transport Ministry launched at Damen Shipyards Singapore
18:12 DNV GL develops offshore safety guidance for Greek Regulator
17:56 Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard launches yet another minesweeper of Project 12700
17:29 Qatargas delivers its first LNG cargo to Bangladesh as part of agreement with Petrobangla
17:02 Russian Railways announces 2017 Consolidated Results under IFRS
16:37 Polskie LNG CEO Paweł Jakubowski: LNG terminal extension program is speeding up
16:05 Wärtsilä partners with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to promote maritime technologies
15:48 Profit attributable to shareholders of NOVATEK decreased by 39.3% to RUB 43.1 billion
15:30 Volga Shipping Company opens navigation on the Upper Volga river
15:14 MOL expands its NVOCC business with the unified brand "MOL Worldwide Logistics"
15:06 BWMS manufacturers and stakeholders set up new association BEMA
14:55 Innovative Damen RSD Tug 2513 kicks-off introduction tour in Italy
14:09 Ilari Kallio appointed Chief Digital Officer at Konecranes
13:20 Nakilat records 13% increased profits for the first quarter of 2018
12:59 Philippines accedes to air pollution and energy efficiency rules
12:33 Cruise season begins at the Port of Gdansk
12:09 HELCOM progresses firmly towards reducing input of pollutants into the Baltic Sea
11:51 8,791 ships are fitted out with the GLONASS navigation equipment - Dmitry Rogozin
11:28 All seaports in Crimea will be fully equipped with GLONASS system in 2018 - Dmitry Rogozin (photo)
11:09 Keppel Offshore & Marine signs MOU with MPA and TCOMS to jointly develop autonomous vessels
10:50 LUKOIL BoD recommends dividend distribution for 2017 in the amount of RUB 215 per ordinary share
10:26 Brent Crude futures price up 0.08% to $73.8, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.13% to $67.61
10:09 WinGD wins marine propulsion Emissions Reduction Award
09:45 Bunker prices are going up at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,306 points
09:08 The Port of Rotterdam welcomes IMO’s first step in reducing CO2 from shipping
08:17 Keppel on track to deliver South East Asia’s first LNG powered tug

2018 April 24

18:43 GAC South Africa expands into Port Elizabeth
18:29 Summa Group and Rosneft denied holding negotiations on Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port