Over 700 Barges Stranded by Mississippi River Closure in Memphis Due to Bridge Crack
The U.S. Coast Guard said 44 vessels with a total of 709 barges are now in the queue as a 1-miles stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed after a...
Recent news that the EU would most likely take over the US role of hosting an international exchange of LRIT (Long-Range Identification and Tracking Systems) data from SOLAS ships is only the latest development in a long trend of increasing ship monitoring.
From prior experience writing about AIS, I know monitoring raises concerns in seafarers. Regulators and owners, on the other hand, are generally positive. In many highly trafficked areas, governments use monitoring to set up and control the flow of ships.
This article kicks off a study into how different companies and nations are using monitoring, to make shipping operations safer, more profitable, more predictable and less likely to cause pollution. How is data being collected, transmitted, shared, purchased and manipulated?
What are the arguments for and against monitoring technology? Which companies are making innovative monitoring-related products and services? And which nations are setting up transit corridors, where are they doing it and where are they thinking about doing it?
Along with my own reports and entries published here, I will also start a series of discussions that aim to address different aspects of this story:
In order to provide a way for those who are interested to follow all of these discussions simultaneously, I set up a daughter blog called “Monitor” that gathers all input into a single presentation. You can also follow the discussion on 59° 56′ N
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