AIS Update – Tracking Ships In Alaska

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July 2, 2013

exactEarth has  teamed up with the Marine Exchange of Alaska (MXAK) to form the Alaska vessel tracking alliance which is built on the MXAK PacTracs  product offering.  PacTracs is a vessel tracking display system that utilizes the MXAK’s 100 coastal Automatic Identification System (AIS) receivers throughout Alaska.   With this new agreement, users are now able to upgrade their PacTracs service to include the exactAIS® satellite feed from exactEarth.  This upgrade will expand coverage from the coastal waters around Alaska to include the entire North Pacific and the Arctic.  Coverage will now extend from 45 degrees north latitude all the way to the North Pole.

Vessel tracking is the cornerstone of MXAK’s services. This new hybrid AIS and satellite tracking system will address all aspects of the organization’s mission of providing services that aid safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible maritime operations.

“The Marine Exchange of Alaska provides the Alaska maritime community with many valuable services, which now will include exactEarth’s satellite coverage of vessel movements on the open ocean.   We are excited to support the PacTracs vessel tracking application for the Alaska maritime community. We expect there to be increasing interest in both North Pacific and Arctic vessel tracking, and are proud to be allied with the Marine Exchange of Alaska to provide this important service,” said Mr. Chandler Smith of exactEarth-USA.

Captain Ed Page, a retired Coast Guard officer who prior to starting up MXAK served as the Coast Guard’s Chief of Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection for the Pacific reached out to exactEarth to provide a more complete picture of maritime traffic.  Captain Page noted “Together we are providing ‘over the horizon’ strategic and real time information on the locations of vessels. I’m confident we’ll quickly have an impressive portfolio of maritime accidents averted, lives saved and efficiencies realized through teaming up our capabilities.”



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