Following the previous UK tender success, AST-EMA consortium supplied equipment for the new Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and Electronic Reporting System (ERS) for UK Fisheries, based on the BlueTraker® VMS, to be tested by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and UKFA.
Extensive testing was conducted by the UKFA during the second half of 2012, which included all system functionalities, particularly the advanced embedded geofences and their remote management. Tests were not limited to a controlled laboratory environment but were also performed at sea on vessels undertaking their regular fishing activities.
Following the successful completion of Acceptance Tests, the AST-EMA consortium was officially awarded Type Approval in January 2013. Official Type approval confirms BlueTraker® VMS to be the best choice for the UK fisheries’ new VMS and ERS Systems. The installation of the first 330 above deck satellite terminals will follow in the first quarter of 2013.