The iFleetONE VMS terminal from Pivotel is the world’s only kit that’s been type-approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) for the Greater Atlantic federal fisheries. iFleetONE VMS operates on the Inmarsat global Alphasat and I-4 satellite network. Designed to be compact for small and mid-sized fishing and leisure vessels, it delivers the required yet affordable, tailored broadband data, voice, and VMS services.
Providing guaranteed performance via Inmarsat’s L-band service, Pivotel offer the type-approved Fleet One Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) package. This includes the Addvalue iFleetONE IP-based terminal for full-featured voice and data services and proprietary VMS, RedPort Optimizer firewall and router for data management, and Pivotel satellite connectivity via Inmarsat. It facilitates the delivery of the trip declaration, electronic fishing reporting and location tracking components required to comply with the new NOAA rules. It also offers enhanced broadband communications for crew connectivity, improved contact with family and friends ashore, and more efficient vessel operations.
Fishing vessels affected by the regulations that do not have NMFS/NOAA’s type-approved Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) but have purchased an approved Enhanced Mobile Transceiver Unit (E-MTU) device to comply with the NMFS/NOAA’s regulations, are eligible for a VMS rebate of up to $3,100 under a Pacific States Marine Fisheries commission reimbursement scheme. According to NOAA Fisheries, there are about 3,000 charter and headboat vessels in the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico, most of which have never reported catch information previously.
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