The Maldives Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture has signed an agreement with Ooredoo Maldives to install vessel locating devices on local fishing vessels.
The Ministry’s initiative on installing these devices are focused on an exclusive manner towards fishing vessels holding permits on selling fish to exporters or export purposes.
The initiative is carried out with a grant from World Bank, which will see Ooredoo Maldives supplying 700 units of vessel locating devices.
These devices are state-of-the-art and employs the latest in tracking and tracing technology. These devices have the ability on sending real-time information of the vessel’s location to monitoring stations while the vessel owners and operators can check the activity of the vessel in a real-time basis as well.
Furthermore, these devices come with the feature of sending out distress signals upon a button press which will send the signal to monitoring centers at an interval of five minutes while giving details about the vessel’s location.
These devices will greatly help in marine safety authorities to track and locate vessels under distress and provide assistance with the least amount of time consumed as idle hours.
The vessel location devices are also highly advanced providing with the feature of internet connection when the vessels are out of mobile range – this is done through signals sent to locator satellites.
Ooredoo Maldives under the agreement with the Ministry will provide free service in issuing and installing these devices to the vessels with the proper licensing.