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First hijacking off Somalia for four years

The hijacking of the Aris 13 off the coast of Somalia is the first such event in that area in nearly five years and has caused international consternation. Part of the problem was that the slow-moving fuel tanker passed close to the coast instead of standing well offshore as is recommended, and it also had … Continued

What does the future hold for global trade?

The future of global trade is one of the hottest topics around at the moment as the whole concept of globalisation finds itself on the back foot with nationalist politicians in the West questioning its benefits. The main battleground ahead will be ‘bringing jobs back home’ versus the addiction of western economies to cheap consumer … Continued

Guide to Green Shipping: Reducing Ship and Boat Pollution

Like every other industry, the shipping industry is under pressure to reduce its emissions and generally reduce its negative impacts on the environment. The move towards green shipping, much as in the car industry, has also been motivated by historically high fuel costs that have driven the search for efficiencies in fuel consumption. The happy … Continued

The future of AIS? What’s coming next?

AIS vessel tracking has been around for more than a decade and in that time has seen rapid advances in both its global reach and the accessibility of the technology. Yet the future of AIS promises that the pace of change will only increase over the next few years thanks to developments both in the … Continued

Piracy – down but not out

For many, the horn of Africa and the waters off the coast of Somalia are synonymous with piracy. So there was some surprise when a few weeks ago it was reported that an attack on a chemical tanker 330kms of the Somalian coast was the first such incident in over two years. The attack was … Continued

Partnership update

WH Brennan and Motion Smith are two of the latest organisations that have signed up to become resellers of the BigOceanData service. Both serve the maritime sector across South East Asia and between them have more than two hundred years’ experience. WH Brennan has around 5,000 customers and is part of the Survitec Group; a … Continued

Asset tracking – is there a role for AIS?

AIS Asset Tracking Asset tracking, also known as asset monitoring, covers everything from a package brought to the door by a postman to monitoring the movements of ships and aircraft. These days almost anything that moves around is tracked one way or another. To meet these diverse needs there is a wide range of asset … Continued

Events 2016 -2017

We recently attended the International Green Shipping Summit in Rotterdam. The two-day conference and exhibition attracted many leading organisations from the maritime industry and showcased some of the latest technological advancements and innovations relating to delivering lower emissions and greater efficiency. Once again, the BigOceanData vessel tracking and fleet management system had a strong reception … Continued

Green Shipping Summit – Rotterdam 17-18 October

Come and find us at the two-day conference, where we will be promoting the contribution that the BigOceanData vessel tracking and management interface makes to cleaner, more efficient operations. Already the combination of up to date environmental data, multi-source course and speed information and route planning tools allow vessel operators to plot the most fuel-efficient … Continued

AIS tracking for yachts and small craft

AIS and tracking Boats and Yachts Do I need an AIS transmitter on my boat? Not everyone needs a boat tracker (an AIS transmitter). Those who go afloat only close to shore in uncongested waters, in daylight hours and in good visibility, can probably feel comfortable without one. However, the question that each boat owner … Continued