Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) Coverage

On 4 October 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard extended through the end of 2017 its approval of our partner Alaska Response Company's (ARC) alternative planning criteria (APC) plan for the Western Alaska / Aleutians, Kodiak, and Bristol Bay sub-areas. VTRAC services are utilized through Alaska Response Company's APC. Please visit ARC's site for more information by clicking on the button to the right.

AIS-Based System

The AIS-based system monitoring and tracking VTRAC tool is a GIS-based application in which AIS generated data is combined with geo-referenced specific information and rules to monitor, in near-real time, the speed and location of enrolled vessels as they transit. In the above graphic, you can see VTRAC monitoring compliance with the IMO Maritime Safety Committee adopted five 'Areas to Be Avoided' (ATBA) in the Aleutian Islands.

Prevention with Monitoring

Our Vessel Tracking, Response Analysis, and Compliance (VTRAC) tool’s robust monitoring is a part of the prevention equation. Together with watchstander oversight, it serves to bridge the inadequacies of response equipment (fully compliant or otherwise) hampered by time, distance and other logistical issues in significant portions of the operating area. Specifically, VTRAC mitigates response measure shortfalls with prevention measures designed to reduce the necessity (or likelihood) of response actions with measures that could altogether prevent an incident.

Risk Reduction

VTRAC, a custom-built, AIS-based monitoring and reporting system enhances existing notification systems within a vessel’s response infrastructure. Vessels enrolled in VTRAC designate organizational and vessel response contact points, to whom potential impending issues are immediately transmitted - issues that could foretell a larger problem. Automated messages, signaling potential problems, are sent to these contacts when the system identifies an anomaly. The more serious an event, the wider the distribution of the message.

How VTRAC Protects Your Vessels & The Environment

The AIS-based system monitoring and tracking VTRAC tool is a GIS-based application in which AIS-generated data is combined with geo-referenced information specific to response needs and rules to monitor, in near-real time, the speed and location of enrolled vessels as they transit through the chosen coverage area. This data is combined with Vessel Response Plan information to enable rapid notifications in the event of deviations.

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Automated Monitoring

The AIS-based system monitoring and tracking VTRAC tool is a GIS-based application in which AIS-generated data is combined with geo-referenced information specific to response needs and rules to monitor, in near-real time, the speed and location of enrolled vessels as they transit through the chosen coverage area.

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Automatic Identification and Notification

Automatic monitoring and tracking on internet-based platform (speed, course, location). Notification system (via auto-generated text and email messaging) if a vessel falls outside the set of agreed routing measures. Display of and geo-located vessel routes and distance offset requirements (from land) for enrolled vessels.

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Immediate access to vessel plans and data

Immediate access to vessel plans and data. This includes one-click access to spill response or SMFF provider data. Automatic notification when an enrolled vessel triggers an ‘event,’ described by any parameters inputted for specific needs, which may call for the review of a vessel plan.

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Event Triggers

VTRAC is a highly flexible, custom built tool for marine vessels. In its current deployment, 'events' include measures such as keeping adequate distance from shore and maintaining certain speeds to avoid a response incident around remote islands. In other examples, an 'event' may be triggered by coming within X nautical miles of designated fuel facilities.

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Vessel Routing

Our internet-based VTRAC tool allows for vessel routing measures within any designated parameters. For example, vessel operators may wish to set up alerts regarding high risk areas to notify them when their ships get too close.

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Internet-based Platform

Accessible anywhere there is an internet connection. The most important element in any continuity of operation is the ability to relocate if necessary. If the watchstander realizes power or connectivity is lost, a simple call to another watchstander or supervisor will allow another watchstander to come online until the problem is resolved.

Key Strategic Partnerships
To better serve you

To better protect your vessels, and provide you with the best service, VTRAC has established key strategic partnerships with some of the best regional & international corporations.

Alaska Response Company

ARC provides clients with an APC compliance package that covers a nontank vessel while it is in Alaskan waters (Aleutians, Bristol Bay, and Kodiak Island sub-areas) making port calls or on the Pacific Great Circle route.

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Aleut Enterprise, LLC

Manages fueling facilities in Adak and Cold Bay, Alaska, refueling marine vessels with marine diesel and supplying aviation companies. AE also manages the Port of Adak.

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Aleutians Spill Control, Inc.

Provides vessel tracking, monitoring, and compliance services as well as oil spill response in the Western Alaska / Aleutians region.

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DESMI

The most experienced oil spill removal technology and equipment manufacturing company in the world.

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  • Address 4000 Old Seward Highway
    Anchorage, Alaska, 99503

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