Port Operations Control Singapore Upgraded

Press Release
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Officials at New MPA Control Centre: Photo credit MPA

Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announce upgrade of Port Operations Control Centre-Vista now completed.

The upgrading works were carried out as part of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's (MPA) continuous effort to enhance safety of navigation and the protection of the marine environment in Singapore's port waters and the Singapore Strait.

The upgraded VTIS has the ability to handle up to 10,000 vessel tracks at any one time, twice the capacity of the VTIS before upgrading works. POCC-Vista now has 18 work stations comprising 30 or 56-inch screens with high-resolution displays and enhanced monitoring functions which can assist VTM officers in detecting potential collisions and grounding situations, and facilitate timely provision of information and warnings to ships.

Started in August 2011, the $10 million upgrading project has not only given the refurbished centre a fresh new look, but equipped it with the next generation Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS), currently used in the newly commissioned POCC in Changi.

The state-of-the-art VTIS is able to integrate data from various sources: radars, Automatic Identification System, Harbour Craft Transponder System, Closed Circuit Television System and ship databases, which will allow MPA's Vessel Traffic Management (VTM) officers to manage sea traffic operations in a safer and more efficient manner.

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