RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe has developed a comprehensive GIS-based database of the Maritime Traffic in the Wider Caribbean Region. This tool is designed to facilitate and strengthen national and regional prevention/preparedness in maritime environmental issues by compiling the information needed for a relevant risk analysis.
It provides a visualization of the aggregated routes and the traffic density, as well as ports activities and other data useful for oil spill risk assessment. It allows applying filters (type of vessels, ports of departure etc.) and several display options are proposed. The user has the possibility to export the data and to generate reports.
The tool is available on-line at http://www.caribbeanmaritimetraffic.org (it requires the latest version of your chosen internet browser). The access to the tool is secured, to request a username and a password please send an email indicating your name, organization, position, country and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, see http://cep.unep.org/racrempeitc/maritime-traffic
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