Ferry firm launches online trackers for fleet

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A FERRY firm has launched a new system that will provide real-time online maps of all their ships and catamarans.

Wightlink Ferries will be using the latest tracking technology, an automatic identification system (AIS), to provide customers with the service status of all ships and catamarans.

Staff have worked with Portsmouth-based web developers AMT Evolve on the project.

There are three maps covering each route – Portsmouth-Fishbourne, Portsmouth Harbour-Ryde Pier Head and Lymington-Yarmouth.

Each vessel is represented by a coloured dot, which turns into a dot with an arrow pointing in the direction of travel, when the ferry is under way. If inquirers click on the dot, they will see the name of the ship and its speed.

Customers can also find the service status of every route on the same page, which can be viewed on a computer screen, tablet or mobile phone.

‘We believe customers will be keen to track our ships’ progress throughout the day,’ said Wightlink IT director Stuart James.

‘Our systems team believe it will be a valuable benefit for our customers on both sides of the Solent.’

A button providing a link to the maps can be found on the Wightlink website home page. To see the maps go to wightlink.co.uk/go/service-status/#livemaps