AIS (Automatic Identification System) technology provides an effective means of tracking ships. The technology is based on VHF broadcasting and carriage of AIS is mandatory for the majority of SOLAS ships greater than 300 gross tonnes. A proportion of other vessels, e.g., fishing and leisure craft, carry it voluntarily due to its usefulness.

Anatec Limited has developed a suite of software tools to assist in the monitoring and tracking of AIS-equipped ships. AIS Tracker allows the user to view vessels live on nautical charts and/or customised backgrounds, e.g., to display wells, safety zones, pipelines, wind turbines, etc. This system also allows the data to be viewed remotely either online, via a secure website, or on a desktop package. Shore based personnel can then view the live AIS data from one or more sites to obtain a comprehensive picture of shipping movements around their assets at any time. This information can also be shared with rescue services, such as the Coastguard, to improve the response in an incident.

Data on each of the targets is obtained through point-and-click or touch-screen. Information is available on each ship in range, including:

  • Name / Callsign / MMSI
  • GPS Position (Latitude / Longitude)
  • Type + Size
  • Hazardous Cargo
  • Destination
  • Speed / Course over Ground

As well as live viewing, time-stamped data is stored off site so that it is available for subsequent analysis and playback. This has been called upon following incidents, such as collisions, to investigate vessel movements before, during and after the event. Longer term data can be plotted to analyse in-field and passing vessel behaviour around a location, e.g., for input to ship-platform collision risk assessment.

As well as receiving data via AIS, Anatec can advise on, procure and install AIS equipment on offshore installations to broadcast their presence to AIS-equipped vessels. This is a cost-effective collision risk management measure.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further details. If you are an existing user of AIS Tracker and require Technical Support, please call +44 (0) 1224 253712 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


AIS Tracker User Interface



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