We have extended the possibilities of Globeinfos, our flagship satellite tracking application, with an AIS option. It was made possible via the installation of receivers by our team members and new partnerships with globally-renowned providers. AIS (Automatic Identification System)’s primary aim is to reduce the risks of collision between ships but it can also be used as a complementary tool to satellite tracking services.
Our AIS receivers allow us to receive the positions transmitted by VHF frequency from ships equipped with AIS in our zone of operation. The collection of information is done in three steps: first, the ship transmits its positions; thanks to its receiver, the coastal station can receive this positioning data if the ship is located around 25 nautical miles from the covered coast. Then, the information is sent to Globeinfos.
Our project to develop an AIS network in the Indian Ocean islands where we operate has started on Madagascar’s coastline. Mahajanga’s city, in the North-West, hosts one of the biggest Malagasy ports as well as one of our agency. To provide our customers with a better maritime surveillance system, we decided to install there our first AIS receiver as soon as April 2014.
Following this successful operation, we installed two new receivers in Mauritius in September. They are already operational and covering the areas of capital-city Port-Louis and of Mahébourg region in the South-West.
Finally, since mid-October, we have a fourth AIS receiver operating in the city of Tamatave (Toamasina) in Madagascar. Tamatave’s port is the first port for goods exchange and ships trafficking. The installation of this equipment was made possible thanks to the collaboration of SPAT (Société du Port A Gestion Autonome de Toamasina) and the data received have been of exceptional quality: we sometimes receive positions from ships sailing as far as the Seychelles or even Sri Lanka’s coasts!
These first four receivers have been the initial steps of an ambitious project since we are hoping to cover the integrality of the Malagasy coasts and of other Indian Ocean islands’.
Globeinfos will soon offer a satellite AIS coverage depending on its customers’ needs, which means it will not be dependent on coastal AIS receivers and be able to identify ships’ location in the entire world. Feel free to check out our application to see how it works!