Vessel Monitoring System (VMS)

Trackwell offers a state of the art Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) that provides customized solutions and technical support for different needs. The system provides countries and organisations with the tools to monitors vessel movements and use the positional data received from the system to analyse the vessels’ behaviour, for both law enforcement and resource management purposes. In almost all cases, Trackwell provides the entire VMS software, technical maintenance and user-level support.

Trackwell VMS is a vital component for authorities combating IUU fishing (illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing) and the system is fully compliant with international fisheries regulations and facilitates exchange of information between authorities, neighbouring countries and regional fisheries offices.

Our VMS is used by Fisheries Authorities, Coastguards and Navies for Surveillance, Search and Rescue, Resource Management and Fisheries Control and currently manages the data of thousands of vessels every day all around the world.

  • Extensive Monitoring and Alerting
  • Closed zone monitoring where vessel speed is checked for fishing versus cruising speed
  • Reception of vessel location according to schedule
  • Fishing license and official certificate of seaworthiness

Map Interface

Vessel locations are presented on a state of the art map application, supporting navigational maps on most standard formats. Among many features are; easy to use vessel filtering, creation and handling of user defined maps, geo fence editor, history trails and replay features for detailed analysis of vessel behavior.

Data Exchange

The system is fully compatible with protocols and message formats required by the EU, the regional fisheries offices (e.g. NEAFC, NAFO, SEAFO, ICCAT and more) and in bilateral agreements commonly made between countries.

Safety at Sea

Trackwell VMS monitors and alarms exit from / entry into harbors and issues a warning if vessel stops reporting outside of harbor zone.


The system can be set up to accommodate any size of fleet, ranging up to thousands of vessels.

Consultancy Services

Trackwell has a long and established history in vessel monitoring. The company provides consultancy services and customized solutions in accordance with customer needs.

Trackwell has established itself among the leading companies in the field of Vessel Monitoring and Safety at Sea. Trackwell has worked closely with its customers including Fisheries Authorities, Coast Guards and vessels owners to develop a unique solution which combines a Vessel Monitoring System and an Electronic Reporting System (ERS) for fishing authorities and fisheries, either as a cloud based service or locally hosted. Trackwell VMS allows our customers to handle and monitor thousands of vessels every day, all around the world.

For roughly 20 years, Trackwell has worked with many of the indursty´s leading countries and organizations, some of our current customers include:

  • Iceland
  • North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC
  • Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA)
  • Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)
  • Australia (Australian Fisheries Management Authority, AFMA)


The Trackwell vessel monitoring system supports integration and compatibility with the FLUX (Fisheries Language for Universal Exchange) system to assist and support the distribution of fisheries-related data to e.g. regional fisheries management organisations (RFMO).

Communication options

Trackwell VMS utilizes a wide spectrum of satellite and terrestrial communications media:

  • Hybrid Iridium and GPRS
  • Inmarsat C, Iridium, Argos, Orbcomm, GlobalStar
  • Satellite AIS
  • Cellular (GPRS, 3G, …)
  • Proprietary VHF/UHF radio systems
  • HTTPS, email, TCP/IP, FTP, etc.

Vesssel units supported

  • BlueTraker
  • CLS (various types),
  • ExactTrax
  • ExactEarth
  • FWTelematic (FariaWatchdog)
  • Inmarsat-C
  • Pelagic Data Systems
  • Pivotel
  • Polstar (various unit types)
  • Rock Seven
  • Satlink
  • SkyWave
  • SkyMate
  • Smart One
  • Succorfish
  • Others on request


Installation and commissioning of a standard system takes around 2-4 weeks, from signature of contract until the system is ready for use. There is no need for complex infrastructure and computer specialists at the customers’ location. The only required infrastructure is standard PC workstations, connected to the Internet, running standard browsers.

The system is normally hosted as a ISO 27001 certified cloud based solution, for all server functionality removing the need for complex and expensive infrastructure at the client site. If requested, the system can also be locally hosted.

This implementation process can sometimes vary as  our vessel monitoring systems sometimes need to be tailored to suit the needs of our customers and their unique requirements. The Trackwell VMS can be set up to accommodate any size of fleet, ranging up to thousands of vessels.

Modular design, all components controlled by Trackwell. It is easy to start with standard system and later adapt it to specific needs if necessary. Customization of software and supplementary data (maps, vessel registry data, etc.) are available.

Price Model

Trackwell’s price model for implementation and operation of a VMS is simple and transparent. The model is based on the size of fleet to be monitored, paid on monthly or quarterly bases. This means that here is a recurrent cost consisting of license for the VMS software, support and maintenance. The license provided has no hidden cost such as transaction cost or cost of additional users. The software license is based on the number of vessels actively tracked and increases in steps, should the number of reporting vessels increase significantly.

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Contact us today for more information about our services.

+354 5100 600
Laugavegi 178
105 Reykjavík, Iceland

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