has released an update for its Automatic Identification System (AIS). AIS is a system whereby real-time information is provided online to vessels, marine services and the public regarding the coastal positions of the global fleet, be they a superyacht or a merchant ship. Operating from 2000 AIS stations worldwide MarineTraffic offers a comprehensive coastal tracking service.

This software, much maligned by certain factions within the superyacht industry for its potential to invade privacy, risk security and profit from the sale of information does offer genuine anti-collision and rescue support. 

Using the redesigned ‘My Notifications’ tab on the website it is now possible to receive alerts when the reported destination of a vessel changes and when the ship’s draught alters by more than a predefined amount.

New notifications include; destination changes, vessel to vessel proximity, vessel to port proximity, course changes, AISETA changes, new photo uploaded, midnight and midday position, vessel stopped or underway, AIS vessel draught changes and AIS status changes.

“The new notifications which MarineTraffic now offers will make the website more useful than ever before. Currently, we have 600,000 registered users, with 80 per cent receiving notifications already,” commented Argyris Stasinakis, a partner at MarineTraffic. “Five to seven million notifications are sent each month. We expect this number to rise significantly as users become accustomed to the new notification offerings. Shipowners, shipbrokers, traders and cargo owners are a few among many customer groups represented in our user-base who will be able to use the notifications to enhance their business offering and customer service.”

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