Kordia launched a vessel tracking system yesterday after a four-year pilot with Maritime New Zealand.
The NAIS (National Automatic Identification System) is live across all coastal waters except East Cape and Fiordland, which will be added next year.
With Maritime New Zealand, Kordia is opening the AIS network to pleasure boaties, recreational fishermen, container ships, trawlers and cargo vessels.
The AIS service provides coastal monitoring for any vessel carrying an approved AIS transponder, says Kordia account manager Mark Janor.
“Whether it’s vessel location, collision avoidance, search and rescue, fishing management or port security, our long-range AIS network effectively provides coverage of New Zealand’s coastal waters, harbours and ports,” he says.
The AIS network is operated from the Maritime Operations Centre (MOC) in Avalon on behalf of Maritime New Zealand. The system uses Kordia’s marine radio infrastructure and network of high sites for the reception of transmitted data from terminals within the national coverage area.
Data can be displayed and monitored on existing vessel management systems, or a standard Google Earth application through the EarthVTS Managed Service.