Trackwell VMS for the Western and Central Pacific Ocean

Vessel monitoring Vessel monitoring

Trackwell recently launched its Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

Trackwell is providing FFA and WCPFC with a new customised VMS solution, in a hosted environment. The systems offer extensive monitoring and alerting options for the 3,000 vessels reporting actively to the systems, using various types of vessel units or Mobile Transceiver Units (MTUs) and communication service providers.  In addition, the FFA system receives and processes AIS data from about 2,500 vessels as a complementary data to the official VMS data.

This newest implementation allows both institutions and their respective member countries, participating territories and cooperating non-members to monitor roughly 25 million square nautical miles in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean using the Trackwell VMS.

The newest feature of these new Trackwell systems is data and information sharing, based on regulations and agreements, allowing both FFA and WCPFC to share information and access to the system with their member countries. Furthermore, the system provides the option of tailoring the scope of information that is shared between the systems or individual countries, using an advanced data sharing mechanism that is built upon the data sharing rules of each organisation.

One such example is that the members of FFA can see all their flagged vessels wherever they are and foreign vessels within their own exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The member countries can also share access to each other’s EEZs if they are authorised to do so, thereby increasing the monitoring and alerting capabilities of both parties. This feature provides the users an overview of those parts of the Pacific Ocean that they are responsible for.

“The system suits our needs well, mainly because it is specially tailored to suit the needs of all these different member states that have unique requirements. This flexibility is one of the strengths of the Trackwell VMS”, said Ramesh Chand, manager Vessel Monitoring System at FFA.

The Trackwell VMS complies with international fisheries regulations and allows fisheries authorities, coastguards, navies and fishing companies to handle and monitor thousands of vessels every day, all around the world.

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