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Cambridge, ON – November 7, 2012 – The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has signed a major agreement with exactEarth Ltd to renew their exactAIS® data service through to October 2014. SAMSA has been a leading pioneer in the use of Space based AIS data and has been instrumental in driving improvements to Maritime Safety and Security in Southern Africa. Working with a number of Government departments in the maritime security environment, SAMSA is involved with marine environment protection, national and economic security as well as search and rescue operations through its Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) – Cape Town. With this agreement, SAMSA will now have access to exactAIS Premium™ data delivering AIS data as one integrated feed allowing for comprehensive and berth-to-berth vessel tracking.
Captain Karl Otto, Executive Head of the Centre for Sea Watch and Response in SAMSA, said “The detection level, coverage and reliability afforded by the exactAIS service gives us an invaluable resource in helping to manage the maritime environment around Southern Africa. It gives us visibility into sea areas that we cannot achieve with any other sensor or data source”.
“Satellite based AIS has now become a critical infrastructure component for all Maritime Safety Authorities, providing advanced reporting and wide area monitoring of extremely large maritime areas”, commented John Allan, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for exactEarth. “We are delighted to be working with SAMSA to develop uses and applications of Satellite based AIS that will benefit the maritime community at large.”
Accountable to the Minister of Transport, South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) was established on 1 April 1998 in terms of the South African Maritime Safety Authority Act 5 of 1998. The organization’s objective is to ensure safety of life and property at sea, prevent and combat pollution of the marine environment by ships and to lead and champion South Africa’s maritime interests as custodians and stewards of maritime policy, vigorous promoters of the maritime sector and giving full and complete effect to their obligations for the benefit of all stakeholders.
About exactEarth Ltd.
exactEarth, based in Cambridge, Ontario, is a data services company providing the most advanced information on global maritime traffic available today. Our premium service, exactAIS, delivers an unrivalled view of the recognized maritime picture at a global scale. Offering fully secure data in a variety of industry standard formats and delivery methods, exactEarth’s data provides real value for a wide range of operational maritime applications delivering operational efficiencies, enhancing security, safeguarding the environment, and assisting in saving lives. For more information, visit our website at www.exactearth.com.