Wednesday, March 18, 2020

New Technology to Eliminate the Dangers of Fog Whilst Negotiating Major Port

Vessel Traffic System Even Has Oil Spill Detection Built In
Shipping News Feature

PERU – Fog remains one of the greatest problems for those trying to navigate all manner of modes of transport, from the HGV driver on the motorway, to the pilot attempting to land. Now, thanks to technology group Wärtsilä's Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) solution, safer passages will shortly be ensured as vessels negotiate the waters of the Port of Callao, the country's main harbour.

The Wärtsilä VTS solution will provide the technology needed to ensure uninterrupted port operations in one of Latin America’s most important gateways where dense fog and haze are a consistent challenge, whilst increasing safety levels and facilitating arrival, docking and departures for visiting ships.

The spectrum of technologies deployed by Wärtsilä includes solid-state IALA Advanced radar, long-range thermal imaging, ultra-precise global positioning for pilotage operations, HF and VHF communication, data analysis, recording, and dispatching, all as required in an order placed by Dirección de Contrataciones del Material (DIRCOMAT) of the Peruvian Maritime Authority, in December 2019. Eduardo Rosiello, Senior Sales manager of the Callao VTS project, Wärtsilä Marine, commented:

“Our system will significantly improve the port’s efficiency by integrating high-end Wärtsilä products and technologies, and is a clear example of our ‘Smart Marine’ approach to raising efficiency and safety levels. The VTS will be fully integrated with a Wärtsilä-provided port management information system, and will have smart CCTV tracking.”

Wärtsilä’s VTS (Vessel Traffic Service) Solutions, with the support of automated self-learning decision support technologies, make it possible to operate a ship traffic control model similar to that available to the aviation industry. Ship movements can be advised and controlled, even beyond territorial waters, using radar, VHF, HF, weather, electro-optical equipment and sensors.

The VTS extends the safety and efficiency of navigation far beyond the limits of traditional coastal systems. Technological elements are connected through a single central operating system, enabling the data to be available across the whole operational ecosystem. In addition to the comprehensive range of elements making up the VTS solution, an oil spill detection system is also included in the overall scope.

The Wärtsilä VTS software, planned for delivery January 2021, has extensive functionalities, and the solution is modular, scalable, and accessible for future upgrade developments. Wärtsilä is an acknowledged market leader in this field with more than 300 Vessel Traffic Management Systems installed in 70 countries around the world, and Calm. José Antonio San Martín, Dirección de Contrataciones del Material (DIRCOMAT), explained why they chose the system, saying:

“Fog and maritime awareness are something we have to deal with a lot and safety is a constant concern, which is why we turned to Wärtsilä. We have worked with them often in the past and their experience in traffic management systems is second-to-none. The Wärtsilä VTS will greatly improve operations in the Port of Callao.”