Maritime Safety: GPS Monitoring Programme

Namatanai district has begun a four- year roll out of the light marine craft GPS monitoring system program.

The project roll-out which started in January this year at a total cost of K3.6m aims to preserve the lives of the people on light marine crafts at sea by setting up safety measures on marine light crafts.


Member for Namatanai and Mining Minister Byron Chan who is also the Chairman of the Joint District Budget Priority Committee approved the project.


He said as a maritime electorate it is highly important that passenger’s safety is guaranteed.

“In achieving this objective the district now becomes compliant to set legislations by the government through the National Maritime Safety Authority Act 2010,” Chan said.


A locally based IT company Panassoa Ltd has been engaged to roll out the project. They will be responsible for providing technical advice and expertise in the installations and training of personnel to monitor and respond to any emergencies whilst on shore in the district.


The local company is working in partnership with Quicktrak International the equipment  that will be used are currently usurped of which the people of Namatanai District will be the first users, as these are not being used in any other maritime provinces and districts within the country as yet.


The technology being provided and used is through Quicktrak International Satellite Monitoring System which is an IP based monitoring system.


Ultimately, the use of the technology is mainly to:

  • Monitor and counter sea piracy situations
  • Monitor fuel levels on all light crafts while out at sea
  • Monitor mechanical durability of the engine
  • Monitor distress calls or situations at sea
  • Pinpoint accuracy of locations of boats on real time on a day and night basis.

Mr. Chan commended the local farmers and the contractor and said to continue supporting such initiatives.

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