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exactAIS Tracking of the MV Rena

On October 5, 2011, the MV Rena ran aground off the Astrolabe Reef in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty. The 47,000 tonne container ship was carrying 1,700 tonnes of oil, of which 350 tonnes leaked out in the first week. The Liberian container vessel has now caused a slick that has spread over 5km. Authorities have deemed this incident the worst environmental disaster in New Zealand’s history as the vessel continues to break apart, spilling heavy fuel oil and containers into the sea causing massive pollution to the marine environment. Oil clean-up efforts are ongoing as salvors and volunteers work to contain the effects of the spill.

The grounding of the MV Rena has raised awareness to the possible threats to maritime safety and security posed by unsafe shipping. The incident has already devastated the community of one of New Zealand’s leading seaside resorts and the economic impact will run into the millions of dollars to clean up the coastlines.

exactAIS Tracks Class B Transmissions during Global Yacht Race

Cambridge, ON- October 26, 2011exactAIS has now proven its ability to pick up Class B signals as well. exactAIS® data was recently used in tracking yachts participating in the Global Ocean Race sponsored by the International Sailing Federation. After seeing the benefits of exactAIS tracking, the race organizers are considering making it a requirement for boats to keep their AIS on while transiting the Southern Ocean on its race course.

exactEarth delivers its 3 billionth vessel location message in 2011

Cambridge, ON- October 14, 2011exactEarth announced today that it has surpassed the 3 billion mark for maritime vessel location messages delivered to its customers to date in 2011.

With a growing, advanced high performance satellite constellation coupled with a dedicated data processing center in Toronto, Canada, exactEarth is delivering an unprecedented operational capability of Satellite Automatic Identification System (S-AIS) for maritime vessel monitoring.

In continuous operation since 2009, delivering the highest quality data and system performance to Maritime Agencies across 5 continents, exactEarth continues to prove its ability to deliver operational maritime vessel information from space.

exactAIS Constellation Continues to Grow

exactAIS Constellation Continues to Grow

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CAMBRIDGE, ON – August 17, 2011 - exactEarth Ltd., a leading provider of satellite AIS data services, announced the successful launch of two advanced AIS satellites designed to extend its exactAIS constellation and increase the capacity of its global vessel monitoring service. The two spacecraft were built by SpaceQuest, Ltd. and exactEarth will take ownership after the successful completion of in-orbit testing, which is expected to be concluded within 90 days. These satellites incorporate next generation advanced AIS payloads designed to further improve AIS message detection from space. The addition of these spacecraft will bring the exactEarth constellation to five operational satellites.

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