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    Hello Frank

    Thank you for contacting us.
    I will be glad to assist you with this.

    I can see that  the last positions received from Max Segundo  were in August 2019.

    Please allow me to explain that the lack of Updated Positions for a vessel can be a result of a number of factors.
    Among other factors, signal strength, functional transponder and transponder type (class A have a stronger signal than class B transponders), local (vessel area) and surrounding (nearby stations) weather conditions, temperatures, traffic and the satellite constellation frequency are some of the most important ones.

    In the case of this vessel, the lack of positions can also be the result of the vessel being equipped with a class B transponder.
    Tracking may be less effective if the subject vessel is equipped with a Class B AIS transponder.
    Such units are smaller, simpler and of lower cost compared to Class A transponders and their signal is weaker making it harder for satellites to pick-up AIS messages coming from them in comparison to the AIS messages transmitted by Class A transponders. This might affect how often you will be receiving positions.
    We are unable to know the exact cause behind a vessel's lack of positions, at this point I can confirm as well as reassure you that this problem is not isolated to or directly involved with MarineTraffic.

    In this case, since the lack of positions has been for such a long time, it is also possible that the vessel's transponder is off, for some reason and we are not receiving anything from it.

    I hope the above information helps clarify things.
    Should you need anything further, please feel free to reach out.
    I will be more than happy to assist you.

    Kind Regards,

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