• 2018 July 13 14:24

    Weatherdock AG offers fishing sector a solution to support the fight against IUU

    IUU is getting more and more important these days as this is a serious threat to sustainable fishing and a huge damage of the marine environment. To reduce the IUU problem the VHF based “real-time-tracking” devices vmsTRACK-PRO by the German Weatherdock AG are the most suitable and cost effect solution possible in the market, the Company said in its news release.

    To identify even small artisanal fishing vessels along the coastline as well as bigger offshore going fishing vessels is the high goal. Authorities need to have reliable position reports of every member of the fleet. What are, at the end the requirements and how to fulfill these?

    A Low-Cost Vessel Tracker must be high reliable and sustain which works on AIS principles. It would be perfect also, if the possibility to set customized frequencies is given in case of authorities want to make “closed” user groups.

    A must should be that the unit is completely equipped with the VHF (AIS) radio antenna and GPS receiver in one compact package. Further important requests of Fisherman are:

    • Main unit mounted 1-2m above sea level
    • Out of the way of fisherman/user/pleasure boat captain, but achievable in case of emergency
    • Antenna height guaranteed – results in long range
    • Equipment must be LOW Cost
    • No monthly recurring costs
    • No subscription
    • No cost per message
    • Radiated power of at least 3W so that minimum range is guarantied
    • Battery powered where power on boat is not available or only from time to time
    • Long battery life time if no power from boat
    • Variable reporting rates
    • Autonomous reporting
    • Alert reporting
    • Separate ALERT button
    • Geofences

    A lot of countries around the world did several functionality and transmission range tests and decided to use the vmsTRACK-PRO system, as the system does fulfill all the above stated requests. Face to face performance tests done from market follower devices by these authorities pointed out that the vmsTRACK-PRO is on pole position combining reliable high quality technology with a huge range of useful features and the best performance.

    Weatherdock wants to support third world countries to export their fish catches into European Union without getting blacklisted because of IUU. By means of persistent position reporting and route data storage the fishing vessels are able to document where and when the catch was done.

    Geo-Fencing and additional “push-to-alert” button
    Special areas of non-entering or non-leaving can be programmed easily into every vmsTRACK-PRO unit which is placed aboard the fishing vessel. Additional to all the tracking functionality there is a “push-to-alert” button which increases the safety of the fishermen especially on the small artisanal vessels. In event of pushing the alert button a AIS MOB safety message is send out into the standardized AIS traffic system that every vessel in the vicinity of the victim is able to help as fast as possible.

    The German Weatherdock AG is going to present these many times proven units during the SMM Trade Show coming up in Hamburg, Germany from September 4th to 7th. The company is located at B6-405 with its own booth to demonstrate functionality and advantages over competitors.

    Weatherdock Cooperation, Germany, was founded in 2003 and is now a global leading company in AIS based, commercial vessels approved, personal locator beacons in the VHF band. The Company was named The Founder of the year 2008 and among the best 100 midsize companies in Germany.




2018 July 18

18:31 Naval Group posts H1 2018 performance results
18:00 BC Ferries announces sponsorship of the Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre
17:36 DP World announces closing of Continental Warehousing Corporation (India) transaction
17:12 Marine Technics to participate in International Far East Maritime Show-2018
16:44 Oleg Bukin elected as Chairman of Tuapse Commercial Seaport BoD
16:23 Transocean and Chevron Australia ink 11-well contract
15:45 Stena Bulk positions itself in crude oil
15:19 Transocean announces 13-well contract for Transocean 712
14:57 AGCS issued Safety & Shipping Review 2018
14:43 Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingör kicks off the holiday traffic season without delay
14:18 Intermarine UK promotes Portland Port to Government minister
14:00 Szczecin to become the capital of Baltic seaports in September
13:31 OHT to order ULSTEIN-designed heavy lift transport and installation vessel
12:59 Ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście announce 12-pct increase of cargo handling in HI’18
12:22 Dorian LPG confirms receipt of director nominations from BW LPG
11:50 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in HI’18 fell by 3.1% Y-o-Y to 53.8 million tonnes
11:25 TTS Colibri 3D compensated crane passes FAT
11:03 Overseas Shipholding Group places order for cemical tanker duo with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard
10:41 Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant launches Svetlyak-class patrol boat Balaklava
10:32 Brent Crude futures price down 0.35% to $71.91, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.36% to $66.92
10:16 ICS encouraged by IMO progress on 2020 global sulphur cap implementation issues
09:59 Bunker prices continue going down at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:40 Throughput of Russian seaports in 6M’18 grew by 2.8% Y-o-Y to 394.8 million tonnes (detalization)
09:16 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,721 points

2018 July 17

18:24 North P&I Club and 24Vision ink partnership agreement
18:07 Lockheed Martin awarded Navy's contract worth more than $450 million in FMS funding for MMSC project
17:55 TransContainer announced its operating results for the second quarter and the first half of 2018
17:27 Equinor buys shares for use in the group's Share saving plan
17:11 Vigor Marine LLC gets Navy's contract for USNS Mercy mid-term availability
16:56 Okskaya Sudoverf puts into operation Belmax 4, fourth non-self-propelled barge of Project ROB20
16:34 Prosafe awarded important contract in Brazil
15:47 Orsted opts for Tekmar's CPS for Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind farm projects
15:28 Port of Rotterdam places a bee colony in the port area
14:44 Baltic Ports Conference 2018 will focus on financing, economy and energy supply
14:23 Jan De Nul launches ultra-low emission vessel Diogo Cão in China
13:41 Severnaya Verf will lay down a longline factory vessel Gandvik-1 on July 20
13:16 Tidewater and GulfMark to combine to create global offshore leader
12:48 Containership MOL Truth earned 'Ship of the Year 2017'
12:19 15,000 TEU container ship “Afif” named in London Gateway
11:27 Huntington Ingalls begins post-delivery work on USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)
11:17 Boskalis secures contract of total value of $65 million
10:53 Fuel oil prices are flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
10:29 ABS to class FSRU for Turkey’s oil and gas distributor
10:00 Brent Crude futures price up 0.28% to $72.04, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.01% to $67.06
09:14 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,695 points

2018 July 16

18:31 APL adds port calls to West Asia Express Service
18:16 Diana Shipping announces signing and drawdown of a US$75M Term Loan Facility with BNP Paribas
17:55 Director Kopczynska addresses WMU students and faculty on maritime Europe
17:40 Great Lakes announces receipt of $70 million San Jacinto award
17:33 Bollinger Shipyards commits USCG icebreaker program to Florida
17:31 New vehicle terminal announced at the Port of Southampton
17:18 Hapag-Lloyd hikes rates for East Asia-Arabian Gulf trade
17:08 ING Bank signed a USD 80 million syndicated loan agreement with NIBULON
16:43 Minimum training standards for fishers under review
16:25 USCG rescues 7 people from capsized boat near Horn Island
16:20 Port of Antwerp sets new records with best half year ever
15:56 Freeport of Riga showed good growth in the first half of 2018
15:32 Maersk Drilling secures two contract extensions in the North Sea
15:19 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 3.6% to 9.88 million TEUs in Jan-June’18
15:03 Van Oord will acquire MPI Offshore