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As the saying goes, 'money never sleeps' and at Lloyd's List Intelligence, neither does our data. Over 80% of world trade is seaborne and on the move around the clock, so our vessel tracking technology constantly receives messages which tell us the location of the world's fleet. As of August 2017, our systems ingest over 215 million AIS messages from our terrestrial network of receivers.

 

And this number is growing.

 

As data usage increases steadily in the maritime world, Lloyd’s List Intelligence is committed to remaining the reference point for high quality vessel movements data. Therefore, we are currently expanding our proprietary AIS network to increase the visibility of vessels calling at 400 key ports worldwide. In recent months, over 70 new locations have gone online, including new receivers in Myanmar, Argentina, Indonesia, Australia, China, USA, and Brazil. But why have we chosen to place our receivers in these locations?

 

When making the investment to expand our AIS terrestrial network, we carefully considered what locations would matter to you. Therefore, we enacted a strategic expansion plan that will ensure that our 400 new AIS receivers are carefully positioned to cover all major commodity ports and strategic trade lanes, giving you detail and accuracy, where you need it.

 

These new receivers will ensure that our customers tracking commodity and vessel movements for trade finance, chartering, brokering, trade, security, risk analysis or to anticipate short and long term changes in trade flows have the most detailed, accurate and reliable data available.

 

In the two visual examples below, you can see how the upgrade and expansion of our AIS network is impacting the level of granularity with which we are able to track vessels in key ports.

 

 

  SOUTH KOREA

 

  Data from 68% more unique vessels in South Korea in 2017 since our AIS expansion programme began:

 

South Korea AIS mapping

South Korea is one of the world’s largest importers of crude oil and bulk commodities, and one of the top exporters of petroleum products and manufactured goods. We have examined which ports handle the largest volumes to ensure we covered all major trading activity in South Korea. As customers you can now see more vessel activity and receive more frequent movement updates at a much more granular level for vessels discharging and loading at port.

 

This year alone we have expanded from our 9 existing receivers, which cover the coast of South Korea, to place new AIS receivers at Tongyong, Pohang and Yeosu. The dramatic increased effects of this expansion are illustrated above. The advanced technology of our new receivers means that we are now able to pick up vessels travelling through the Korea strait and even vessels approaching South Korea from the North Korean coast.

 

 

 

   53% more unique vessels in South Korea in 2017 since our AIS expansion programme began:

 

AIS upgrade and expansion graph  AIS upgrade and expansion graph
 
The number of messages received by our terrestrial AIS network before and after upgrade and expansion The number of unique vessels up by our terrestrial AIS network before and after upgrade and expansion

 

 

  United Arab Emirates

 

  Data from 49% more unique vessels in UAE in 2017 since our AIS expansion:

 

UAE AIS expansion and upgrade map

United Arab Emirates are one of the world’s largest importers and exporters of oil and petroleum products in the world as well as being a major container transhipment hub. After analysing vessel movement activity in this region to identify all major oil terminals both onshore and offshore, we have added two new AIS receiver locations. The results of this expansion have been dramatic, as shown above, not only to coverage of UAE vessel traffic but the wider region.

 

Due to the atmospheric conditions typical for this region our new AIS receivers can cover a large proportion of the entire offshore oil and gas activity in the Middle East Gulf. Picking up Single Point Mooring (SPM) activity in the northern offshore oil fields in Qatar and the offshore islands of Halul and Das.

 

As a result we are now able to capture important tanker trade activity more frequently and update movements out of the Gulf towards the Asian markets along the Strait of Hormuz, allowing you to analyse oil vessel traffic movements with more accuracy and immediacy than ever before.

 

 

 

   UAE AIS improvements: 36% more AIS vessel positioning messages in 2017:

 

AIS upgrade and expansion graph  AIS upgrade and expansion graph
 
The number of messages received by our terrestrial AIS network before and after upgrade and expansion The number of unique vessels up by our terrestrial AIS network before and after upgrade and expansion

 

 

As you can see from our two regional examples, our vessel tracking capabilities have been greatly improved by our AIS upgrade and expansion project. However, the hard work continues as we strive to bring our customers the maritime intelligence they need to make critical business decisions with accuracy and confidence.

 

If you would like to find out more, please contact your account manager, or email info@lloydslistinteligence.com.

 

 

 

Understanding AIS technology

Recent news coverage has stoked fears of vessels "going dark" as cover for criminal and terrorist activity, but the headlines betray a lack of understanding of AIS and its limitations.

AIS technology is complicated, limited and fallible. As a maritime data provider, we frequently receive questions from our customers on AIS coverage, consistency and security and what it means in the maritime domain.

To answer some of these questions, we have put together this article to help you understand AIS and its drawbacks.

Understanding AIS cover