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Alaska extends AIS coverage

The Marine Exchange of Alaska (MXAK) is to work with exactEarth to form a new Alaska vessel tracking alliance, built on the MXAK PacTracs product offering.

PacTracs is a vessel tracking display system that utilizes the MXAK’s 100 coastal Automatic Identification System (AIS) receivers throughout Alaska. With this new agreement, users will be able to upgrade their PacTracs service to include the exactAIS satellite AIS feed from exactEarth.

This will expand coverage from the coastal waters around Alaska to include the entire North Pacific and the Arctic, from 45 degrees north latitude all the way to the North Pole.

MXAK expects this new hybrid AIS and satellite tracking system to address all aspects of the organisation’s mission of providing services that aid safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible maritime operations.

“The Marine Exchange of Alaska provides the Alaska maritime community with many valuable services, which now will include exactEarth's satellite coverage of vessel movements on the open ocean,” said Chandler Smith of exactEarth-USA.

"We are excited to support the PacTracs vessel tracking application for the Alaska maritime community. We expect there to be increasing interest in both North Pacific and Arctic vessel tracking, and are proud to be allied with the Marine Exchange of Alaska to provide this important service."

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