AIS vessel tracking has grown tenfold since 2010

Global vessel tracking using automatic identification systems (AIS) has grown tenfold since 2010, according to one of the biggest sources of benefit from this extreme interest, MarineTraffic.

The growth seen over the past decade is set to explode further, MarineTraffic has predicted in a new article posted on its site.

“Its importance to both commercial and government users is set to increase further as the quest for sustainable and efficient shipping operations intensifies to monitor emissions and compliance with environmental goals on a vessel-by-vessel basis,” MarineTraffic suggested.

It has been a busy summer for ship trackers, with an average of just over 6m unique visitors searching for a vessel on MarineTraffic each month.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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