AD Ports Group has announced that it will implement a Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS) across its UAE operations.
The new technology is set to be installed across Khalifa Port, Zayed Port, Free Port, Musaffah Port, and Al Dhafra region ports.
According to AD Ports, the implementation of a VTMIS is a vital requirement in developing an enhanced Ports Community System (PCS) and ensuring the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).
The system is used to ensure the integration and interconnection of all assets in a port and maritime environment, integrating tools such as radar, CCTV, radios, meteorological systems, radio direction finders and towers.
This reportedly provides port operators with access to real-time information and improves vessel-to-vessel and vessel-to-shore communication.
This improved level of communication and access is expected to support safe and secure management of maritime operations, by supporting functions such as traffic management systems, collision avoidance, safe navigation, search and rescue, and so on – the group reported.
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AD Ports said it intends to advance and upgrade the current VTC Centre with video walls and operator consoles, to support the implementation of the new system and to provide a comprehensive view of tracked vessels within the VTMIS area.
Once implemented, the new technology is expected to support safe and efficient navigation and improve the group’s ability to remotely monitor shipping from the command centre at Khalifa Port, in locations as far as 300 kilometres away.
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“AD Ports Group has made this investment in a state-of-the-art Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS) to maximise the safety, security and efficiency of our port and maritime operations,” said Ammar Al Shaiba, Acting CEO, Maritime Cluster and Safeen Group, AD Ports Group.
This announcement comes in the same week that AD Ports announced the launch of a new shipping service between Khalifa Port, Hamad and Shuwaikh/Shuaiba Ports.