Canada extends satellite-AIS contract

ORBCOMM's satellites collect global AIS data from space

Satellite-based AIS data provider ORBCOMM has extended its existing contract with the Government of Canada for an additional year, covering the provision of global data for ship tracking and other maritime navigational and safety efforts.

The deal, agreed through ORBCOMM’s Canadian partner Maerospace and to be fulfilled by ORBCOMM’s Canadian subsidiary SkyWave, now extends through 2020, delivering monitoring data on both Canadian and global marine traffic to the Government of Canada.

The service will be used to support improved maritime domain awareness and surveillance, customs and border protection, fisheries and environment monitoring, as well as search and rescue efforts, the companies said.

“Through our partnership with Maerospace, we have secured the opportunity to provide the Government of Canada with our satellite AIS data service through 2020, which is a testament to the success of this project over the past two years,” said Marc Eisenberg, ORBCOMM’s Chief Executive Officer.

“We look forward to continue providing Canada with comprehensive, reliable AIS data to improve the visibility, safety and security of vessel activity in and around their borders.”

ORBCOMM’s AIS service processes approximately 30 million messages from more than 200,000 unique vessels per day, through a combination of satellite and terrestrial AIS data, for government and commercial customers worldwide.

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