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3D Vessel Tracking: A New Course in Port Traffic Control

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Marine operators and entities have long struggled with the most efficient, effective means to monitor and manage traffic in increasingly busy ports around the world. The marine industry, unlike the airline industry, is unique in that mixed with high levels of commercial traffic is a broad and ever changing mix of personal watercraft of varying sizes, with equal variables in terms of operator experience. Thus the ability to rapidly collect, compute, disseminate and act on information is central to safe port operations. A U.K. company, GeoVS, believes that it has the answer in the form of its new 3D Vessel Tracking System. “For the past 12 years colleagues and I have been grappling with the complex realities of enhancing situational awareness for maritime safety,” said Dr. Rafal Goralski, Director of Technology at GeoVS. “Only now do technological advances allow the integration of data from many sensors around a port to produce a real time, three dimensional traffic management and visualization tool. This research has resulted in the development of the world’s first commercial three dimensional real time vessel tracking system.” The System Managing large ship’s progress, usually in and out of ports and in other restricted channels, has understandably assumed a critical role in ensuring their safety

C-Vu 3D VTS: New 3D Vessel Tracking System

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The new course to follow in controlling port traffic. A step change to enhance safety and improve operational efficiency.   Large ships navigating narrow waterways are always vulnerable to accidents – one only has to think of the Sea Empress tanker disaster at Milford Haven, or more recently the wrecking of the Costa Concordia. Managing their progress, usually in and out of ports and in other restricted channels, has understandably assumed a critical role in ensuring their safety

Seaway Corporations Open Waterway to Mandatory AIS

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) opened the binational waterway’s 45th navigation season. This season marks the beginning of mandatory Automatic Identification System (AIS) use on commercial vessels entering waterway in North America to employ this technology as a requirement for transit.

Kongsberg Norcontrol IT to Deliver VTMIS

Kongsberg Norcontrol IT will deliver a new VTMIS (Vessel Traffic Management and Information System) with Traffic Separation Schemes for the Canary Islands to Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima (SASEMAR) in Spain. TECOSA, Spain has contracted Kongsberg Norcontrol IT to supply its VTMIS5060 system to provide increased maritime safety for the Canary Islands' coastal waters and surrounding seas. The existing Norcontrol system in Las Palmas and the present VTS system in Tenerife

Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract

Lockheed Martin will provide the Arab Republic of Egypt with a fully integrated maritime search and rescue (SAR) system for the Gulf of Suez (GOS) under a $50 million contract signed today in Cairo. The SAR system will complement the Gulf of Suez Vessel Traffic Information Management System (VTIMS) provided by Lockheed Martin under a 1998 contract and provide the Egyptian Ministry of Transport with all the necessary capabilities to manage and respond to any maritime distress in the Gulf of Suez

Canada Proposed to Regulate Arctic Traffic Zone

Canada’s Transport Minister John Baird announced that as part of Canada’s Northern Strategy, the federal government is proposing a regulated Arctic traffic zone, requiring certain vessels to report information to authorities as they pass through Canada’s northern waters. The new measures will help to ensure efficient navigation, enhance the safety of vessels, crew and passengers, and protect the unique and fragile Arctic marine environment

The Great Debate

Despite tremendous strides being made on the marine electronics and technology fronts, ships continue to collide at what many deem an unacceptable rate. The recent rash of high-profile casualties, particularly the ones involving fully loaded cruise ships, has caught the eyes of national and international legislators and is sure to result in action. Despite the best efforts of electronic makers and quality ship owners who outfit their vessels with the latest products and systems to ensure

Offshore Systems International Awarded Contract

John Jacobson, president and CEO of Offshore Systems International Ltd. announced the award of a $700,000 contract to deliver a radar display and tracking system to the Canadian Coast Guard for the new Marine Communication and Traffic Services Centre in Vancouver. This system will consist of three Offshore Systems radar displays and radar data processors, communications equipment, precise network timeserver and a full complement of spare equipment to provide a world-class solution for the

Transas Takes Malaysian Orders forTraffic Management Systems

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Transas Marine Pacific, in cooperation with its partner KASI Malaysia Sdn Bhd, was awarded two contracts for installation of Vessel Traffic Management Systems in Tawau Port and Kimanis Bay Terminal. With these orders Transas continues its growth in the Malaysian market. Implementation of the projects will be carried out in close cooperation with Transas strategic partner KASI (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, integrated marine solutions provider.

Global Port Security and BMT Isis

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Delivering Optimum Results   The operational complexities and changing landscape of ports and terminals continue to present ongoing challenges for port authorities and operators globally. In particular, changing legislation, diversification, security concerns, higher traffic density, larger vessel sizes, as well as movements of hazardous cargoes, reflect on a port’s required level of traffic management, vessel scheduling and navigational planning

Heavy Rain Hampers Kenya Port Trade

A washed-out road in Kenya has blocked the flow of goods from Kenya's Indian Ocean port of Mombasa for a second straight day, officials said on Wednesday, choking the main trade route into East Africa.   Mombasa handles imports such as fuel and other vital goods for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda

USCG Alert: Compliance with MARPOL Requirements

The Coast Guard has confirmed several reports it has received stating that main engines may not attain the expected speed when using ultra low sulfur fuel oil.   The Coast Guard has revised its list of recommendations to vessel owners and operators about the importance of establishing

SAFE Boats' Riverine Interceptor for Colombia

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SAFE Boats International has been selected by the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard to build its new Type-F Riverine Interceptor Vessel.   The contract will provide the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard with a state-of-the-art, shallow draft, aluminum high speed intercept vessel designed to provide

Available: 300 Free Systems; Wanted: 300 Ships

Which will be the first 300 ships in the world to test and validate Sea Traffic Management (STM) with updated systems free-of-charge?   As the shipping domain is takes steps in information technology, the STM Validation Project aims to demonstrate the STM concept in large-scale test

VOOPS: Venice Offshore Onshore Port System

An artist’s rendering of the completed VOOPS project offshore port.  (Image credit: Venice Port Authority)

Building the Venice Offshore Port   The New York Times once called Venice “undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man.” But as beautiful as Venice might be, it is still a port city struggling to compete in a global economy

KT to Manage Massive Submarine Cable Network

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 Korean Telecommunications provider KT has been named the key operator of the world's largest submarine network cable, New Cross Pacific (NCP).   Korea's dominant fixed-line operator said it will run a network center to control the submarine cable which helps connect network systems in

Damen Builds RoPax Ferry for Canada

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Damen RoPax ferry MV Veteran for Canadian lifeline vessel replacement   The Damen 80-meter ice class RoPax ferry MV Veteran handover to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (GNL) took place in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada on October 23, 2015

Unmanned Vessels: The Future is Now

Norway’s unmanned 100 TEU coastal marine transportation system ReVolt is to be powered by a 3,000kWh battery to provide a range of 100 nautical miles. With no crew onboard DNV GL has estimated a total saving of up to $34 million over its estimated 30 years time in service.

There is a global boom in the development of unmanned systems, from below the ocean’s surface to high in the sky to the world’s roads. Add to this list the maritime industry, on both military and civilian vessels. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News examines in depth recent

West Calcasieu Port Adds 11.5 Acres

West Calcasieu Port officials announced today that the port has completed the $1.5 million purchase of 11.5 acres of adjacent property to the facility on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.    “The additional property will increase port acreage to more than 200 acres

Terex Gottwald Harbor Cranes for Netherlands

Terex Gottwald Model 2 rubber-tyred portal harbour crane at Kramer in the Port of Rotterdam

  The Kramer Group is now operating a new diesel-electric Terex Gottwald Model 2 rubber-tyred portal harbor crane in the G HRK 2304 variant at its terminal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Model 2 belongs to the small crane family of Terex Port Solutions (TPS)

Responders to Refloat Grounded Tug and Barge

The tugboat, Peter F Gellatly and barge, Double Skin 504, sit grounded near East Beach after high winds pushed it from Bolivar Roads Anchorage, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. In Choi)

Responders are working to remove a grounded seagoing tug and empty tank barge Monday, after the vessels became beached near East Beach on Galveston Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard announced. The Peter F Gellatly and barge Double Skin 504 ran aground after drifting from anchorage and across the

Transas to Present Pilot Solutions at UKMPA

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Transas Marine announced it will present its solutions for pilots at the UK Marine Pilot Association (UKMPA) conference in London, November 4-5, 2015.    The company will display the Transas Pilot PRO chart plotter and the recently launched T-Mapper desktop chart conversion and editing

Transas VTMS for the Visakhapatnam Port

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India’s Visakhapatnam Port has selected Transas as its VTMS provider. According to the project schedule, the new system will be fully operational by the end of 2015. The Visakhapatnam Port is located on the east coast of India between Chennai and Kolkata and has three main harbors

Canada to Ban Oil Tankers on Northern BC Coast

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Canada will push ahead with a moratorium on oil tanker traffic along the northern coast of British Columbia, effectively slamming the door on a controversial pipeline project that was already facing massive development hurdles. In a letter released on Friday

Port of Hamburg Reports Cargo Downturn

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Germany’s largest universal port reported the effects of weakened Chinese foreign trade plus the steep downturn in trade with Russia during the first nine months of the year. Totaling 104.6 million tons, seaborne cargo throughput in Hamburg was down 4

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