Indonesian Ports Upgrade Radar Systems


The ports of Surabaya and Bitung in Indonesia have selected new radar technology from manufacturer Kelvin Hughes to ensure the safe entry and exit, management and monitoring of vessels.

Kelvin Hughes supplied variants of the company’s SBS-800 Upmast X-Band SharpEye range, which transmit a low power pulse sequence to detect short, medium and long range radar returns simultaneously.

Surabaya is accessed from the North through the Madura strait, a 25-mile-long, 100 metre wide and 9.5 metres deep channel between East Java and Madura Island.

it is the centre of cargo distribution for East Java and a gateway to Eastern Indonesia and has multi-purpose terminals, handling general cargo, bulk carriers, gas carriers, tankers, container vessels, Ro-Ro and passenger vessels.

The port of Bitung is being developed as an international hub and currently handles general bulk cargo, tankers, containers and cruise vessels.

It is located in the Lembeh Strait, 50 metres east of Manado. The Bitung Port of Administration has selected the SBS-800-3 pulse Doppler radar with frequency diversity.

Doppler processing of the radar returns provides coherent information concerning target velocity and enables the detection of very small and slow moving objects with a low radar cross section.

A series of electronic filters allows the radar technology to distinguish between targets of interest and sea, rain and land clutter.

Hamzah Akhbar, Regional Sales Manager for Kelvin Hughes, commented: “SharpEye provides greatly improved situational awareness even in adverse weather conditions with its state-of-the-art radar processing technology providing low maintenance with high performance and reliability.

“We’re now looking forward to more opportunities to enhance maritime safety and port security at other sites throughout the region.”

Technical Paper: Bot Controlled Borders

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