Ship Tracker


Ship Tracker plots near-real-time positions of ships at sea using the Automatic Identification System (AIS); a VHF radio transponder that periodically transmits the ship's position as well as speed, course and vessel characteristics. International Maritime Organization regulations require “AIS to be fitted aboard all ships of 300 gross tonnage and upwards engaged on international voyages, cargo ships of 500 gross tonnage and upwards not engaged on international voyages and all passenger ships irrespective of size”. Ship Tracker is made possible through support from the Department of Homeland Security to the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce and Coastal Environments (CSR). Technical and administrative support to CSR is provided locally by CariCOOS. CSR/CariCOOS AIS receiver units are installed at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, Department of Marine Sciences facilities in Mayaguez and at the Magueyes Island field station La Parguera. This visualization tool is provided by ShineMicro Inc.

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