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Ghana signs satellite AIS vessel tracking deal

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exactEarth has been selected by the Government of Ghana’s Fisheries Commission (a member of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Programme) to provide satellite AIS data services and a small vessel tracking system, as part of a 12-month contract that will be worth between $1 million and $2 million.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The contract with the Commission, an agency of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MOFAD),  aims to provide data that can assist Ghana in monitoring its expansive coastlines and deter illegal fishing in its national waters.

Along with a comprehensive satellite AIS data feed, exactEarth will provide MOFAD with 450 Class B AIS transceivers to be installed on inshore fishing vessels which will be tracked via satellite utilising exactEarth’s exactTrax small vessel tracking technology.

This will allow MOFAD to gain access to detailed fishing vessel positions and movement analysis services  through the exactEarth ShipView platform, which will be upgraded to include an SOS alerting facility to support safety of life at sea.

exactEarth says it will also be working with a local partner and academic institutions in Ghana to provide vessel movement analysis and reporting to help inform policy decision making and to engage the next generation of maritime professionals in coastal surveillance.

“This is an important strategic win and a major step forward for our small vessel tracking initiative,” said Peter Mabson, exactEarth CEO.

“MOFAD needs a high performance, reliable and compliant maritime monitoring solution to protect their critical fishing industry and our small vessel tracking capabilities will be an integral part of helping them achieve that objective.”

“This reflects the growing opportunity for both our large and small vessel tracking solutions and our reputation for having the leading satellite AIS solution on the market.”{/mprestriction}

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