U.S. Navy is currently installing an Automatic Identification System in Gambia
U.S. Navy is currently installing an Automatic Identification System (AIS) in Gambia. The system was developed by the U.S. Government in an effort to allow African Nations to better control their maritime territory and thus increase maritime security in the region.
Called the Maritime Security and Safety Information System (MSSIS), the system is an unclassified computer network system that enables collection and sharing of data on the location and status of merchant ships throughout Europe and Africa. The installment of the Automatic Identification System in Gambia is scheduled to be completed this week. Upon installation of the MSSIS, the Gambian Navy will have up to date information on maritime traffic in Gambian territorial waters, and in the region. The Gambian Navy hopes with the new system to be able to reduce and protect Gambia against piracy, maritime terrorism, drug trafficking, human trafficking, illegal fishing, illegal immigration, environmental pollution, and oil theft.
According to the U.S. Navy the installation of the MSSIS in 15 other African Nations will be complete by March 31st, 2008.