Maritime Flags of Convenience Visualized

  We recently decided to get to work on some maritime visualizations. Above is a bubble graph I created representing the number of ships registered to each flag state.   This graph is even more interesting, it shows the number of ships registered to each country by foreign owners. Notice the Flags of Convenience? Some will also be … [Read more...]

True Global AIS – New Satellites Will Track Ships, Tuna & Mariners Globally

While the United States continues to struggle integrating AIS into the national data stream, Europe pushes forward with plans to acquire ship tracking data across a wide swath of ocean via satellite. ORBCOMM, via partner LuxSpace Sarl (LuxSpace), recently announced a multi-year framework contract to provide satellite Automatic Identification System (AIS) data used for ship … [Read more...]

Types Of Ships – A Master List Of Vessel Types

We recently had to map out all ship types for a client of Unofficial Networks, the maritime consulting arm of gCaptain.  This is only the first draft so I'm sure we forgot a few (let us know in the comments section) and there are debates in regards to some of the categories but we thought you would be interested in this visualization of the data. Click HERE to download the … [Read more...]

NASA Hurricane Forecasting – GRIP

The Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes mission, or GRIP, will use 15 cutting edge instruments, a Global Hawk UAV, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8 and a Martin WB-57F Canberra to gain a new look at how hurricanes form, strengthen, and weaken. This will be NASA's first major US-based hurricane field campaign since 2001. This August and September, NASA is leading an aircraft … [Read more...]