Vessel tracking

Trade, fishing, research, travel and military actions all take place on naval ways. It is, essential that the latter remain protected and monitored in cases of emergency, such as in shipwrecks, sinking or in potential attacks. Some of the biggest incidents of the past that took place on naval ways could have easily been avoided with today’s tracking systems and the quick reaction time they provide.

Even the everyday routine of a cruising ship requires routinely keeping tabs on its location, in order to guide it throughout its course, ensure safety, scheduling and respect of international law. This is possible thanks to the technologies that work on data transmission.  While vessel tracking remains an evolving sector with yet many challenges to overcome, new methods that allow for the highest possible accuracy are constantly emerging.

Here are some current-day champions:

The famous Global Positioning system (GPS) that many use in their day-to-day life, appears as an indispensable component of monitoring. Based on satellite transmission, it can efficiently quite accurately determine the exact location of the vessel in all international waters.  It can further keep the vessel towards the right course and warn of directions to avoid. This is specifically useful in preventing clashes with other objects and vessels in the vicinity.

Other naval tracking devices may include GPS as well. The Automatic Identification System (AIS), a network of transmission and reception between the ship and coast guards, incorporates GPS into its signal-capturing sites. This system is also responsible for transmitting information about the ship to the vessels nearby.

Another set-up that requires GPS for vessel tracking is Ship Loc. Other than giving the position of the vessel and its proximity to the coast, Ship Loc could also provide information about the environmental factors in the area through which the ship is sailing, such as its air or wave pressure.

Some hinderances that occur with these systems are related to the human factor. For example, the AIS may give false information about the location of the ship due to the crew’s inaccurate estimations of their position. In addition, the false information could be a result of malicious intent of the commanders of the vessels, which they may want to use to their advantage.

It is also important to note that in the GPS-based technologies, a problem related to satellite transmission could cause inaccuracies, which happens from time to time.

This is why new systems in the field are constantly being researched, developed and brought to the market.

Bayanat Engineering, specialized in aeronautical and marine solutions, provides these and many other tracking methods for the two respective domains. If you wish to ensure the safety of your ship to the highest standard possible, Bayanat Engineering could help you choose the best solutions for your situation.