The quality of your voyage data is increasing
We are expanding and upgrading our terrestrial AIS network
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.
53% more unique vessels in South Korea in 2017 since our AIS expansion programme began:
UAE AIS improvements: 36% more AIS vessel positioning messages in 2017:
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.
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