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Maritime and Trade Talk - The basics of AIS (Automatic Identification of System)

23 February 2022

What is AIS, what it's designed to do, how does it work?

Download AIS Fundamentals, or listen to the podcasts where George Devereese and Richard Hurley talk about the basics of AIS to assist users new to AIS to make informed decisions on the consumption and interpretation of AIS data.




Richard Hurley

Senior Maritime Data Analyst, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Richard is responsible for the analysis and interpretation of data from the IHS Maritime global terrestrial and satellite AIS network, which monitors the movements of over 110,000 vessels daily. Richard joined IHS Maritime, then known as FISYS, in 1991 after serving in the Royal Navy as a Seaman Officer, and then subsequently taking a degree in Physics with Electronics. He specialises in the exploitation of data from the AIS network in combination with other IHS Maritime databases and has recently contributed analysis on a range of subjects including, The transport issues involved in exporting Canadian Oil Sands products from British Columbia, the Northern Sea Route through the Arctic, and Monitoring of Iranian Crude Oil Shipments. Richard is a Member of the Nautical Institute and a retired Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve.

George Devereese

Director, Maritime Risk & Compliance Product Manager, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Mr. Devereese started working at IHS Markit in February 2020 as the Maritime Risk and Compliance Product Manager tasked with developing IHS Markit's Maritime Solutions including the Maritime Intelligence Risk Suite (MIRS) and Maritime Portal. Mr. Devereese is an ex Royal Naval Officer. He joined the Royal Navy in 2007 and after passing out of Britannia Royal Navy College he served as a Warfare Officer in a number of hull types including Aircraft Carriers, Destroyers, Frigates & Minehunters in global waterways. He conducted tours in the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Gulfs of Oman and Aden conducting anti-piracy and maritime interdiction operations as well as serving in the Fishery Protection Squadron in UK waters and trained as a Mine Warfare Officer. He also served as Officer in Command Rear Party Afghanistan for OP HERRICK 15 and Battle Watch Officer for Combined Maritime Force in Bahrain. He transferred to the Reserve List in 2013 where he served with the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations until 2015. He has subsequently been granted Associate Fellowship of the Royal Institute of Navigation and the Freedom of the City of London and is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. Since leaving the Royal Navy he has continued to work in the maritime sector, both for commercial liners as Deputy Designated Person Ashore / Company Security Officer focusing on internal safety and security inspection of the Fleet and latterly in the Lloyds and London Maritime Insurance Markets as a claims handler and then in the P&I market as Senior Loss Prevention Executive for an International Group Club.

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