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Optimal Berthing: The Future of VTS

Port Technology is very pleased to announce that the latest edition of its e-Journal is now available, featuring a host of key papers exploring the future of VTS and its implications for the maritime industry.

Despite macro-related fears, global trade continues to boom and this means ever-increasing pressure on ports and terminals.

As part of this rapid growth has seen carriers, operators and stakeholders explore the commercial viability of new shipping routes, such as the Northern Sea Route (NSR), which has itself raised questions over safety and the vessel tracking in areas as remote as the Arctic.

Much has been written about the rate at which ports are expanding and the technologies that will accompany them in the future. This edition continues that conversation and looks at issues and ideas around how to make the movement of vessels easier, safer and more environmentally friendly.

Papers in this edition:

Bollards in Terminals: Design and Issues

Operational safety is a significant challenge in the ports and terminals industry, and this has been affected by the growth in recent of years of various sectors, which in turn has been accelerated by pressure from public and private stakeholders.

The Purpose of VTS: Efficiency, Safety and Environmental Protection

After World War II the rebuilding of Europe rapid progress in shipping. The industrial demands for raw materials grew and the requirements on the supply chain to be efficient and reliable grew as well. One of the obstacles to be overcome was as ancient as earth: fog.

Authenticating Fender Performance

Richard Hepworth, President, Trelleborg’s marine and infrastructure operation, looks at issues around fender performance in ports. Effective and reliable fender systems are mission-critical equipment. However, not all fenders are created equal. Rubber compounds are changing and new manufacturing bases are emerging.

The VTS Tech Revolution

In an exclusive technical paper, Commodore Barry Goldman, International Harbour Masters' Association, looks at the VTS tech revolution.

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