The Importance of Vessel Tracking

In a world where we are looking at technological advancements at a fast pace across the board, vessel tracking within the maritime industry has kept apace with marine management systems of a high standard and vessel tracking systems that help organise the worlds waters and ports. Without it, life would be a lot more difficult within an often challenging industry.

It is now possible to track vessels across the globe, pinpointing their location, monitor its journey and look at a whole host of other variables and data analysis that helps with the tracking, stabilising and movement of a ship through its route and potential course. So, why is vessel tracking important to the industry?

Firstly, vessel tracking plays an important role in an industry where your vessels might be travelling on the other side of the planet to you. Long range connectivity is desirable as it ensures that the vessel in question can communicate with the coast guards and ports in many different countries and languages. With modern technologies and Internet connectivity it is now possible to provide a full and thorough tracking service, whether your vessel is travelling in the Mediterranean or the South China Sea.

There are a number of different vessel tracking systems available on the market today, each with different benefits and costs. GPS is the most common tracking system on the planet, for maritime purposes and others. Global Positioning System (GPS) works through satellite transmission and offers an authentic, accurate system that can clearly pinpoint the location of a vessel. This is extremely helpful in a number of situations, especially if an unforeseen problem has arisen. A vessel can be guided through the possible route options and which to avoid with the help of GPS.

Another vessel tracking system that utilises the facilities of GPS technology whilst using VHF radio channels as receiving points is AIS (Automatic Identification System).  AIS has its benefits as a way of preventing collision due to acting as a transmitting and receiving interference between coast guards and ships. It can help to alter the routes of vessels whenever it is deemed necessary and is also advantageous in helping to locate vessels that might be acting in an unlawful way.

Geographic Information System (Gis) is another system that has become crucial in the support of organisation in port situations. It takes data from a range of sources and presents a visual representation of that within your given location and scenario, helping marine coordinators to make important decisions regarding the movement and tracking of vessels in and out of port, and through transport routes towards offshore wind farms.

There are a number of vessel tracking systems to choose from, each with benefits that help to keep ships on course, to be able to alter when necessary and to avoid collisions. Having the assistance to navigate waters in potentially treacherous conditions and foreign waters is a great help to those on board.