Port of Baltimore Signs Saab for Systems Upgrade


Defence and security company Saab has been awarded a contract by the Maryland Port Administration (MPA) in the US to provide Saab’s information management system KleinPort.

Port of Baltimore, the fourth fastest growing port in North America in 2016, will use Saab’s KleinPort to control operations at the beginning of 2018.

The latest addition uses a newly released Common Operating Picture (COP), a single identical display of relevant operational information shared by more than one command, which gives all authorized port stakeholders an easily accessible, map-based overview of their port.

The information is layered to allow users to select only the data relevant to their area of responsibility.

Business staff get a high-level port overview, and operations staff can execute routine tasks directly from the COP user interface.

From a security and safety perspective, this data can be viewed in real-time by all parties involved, allowing for response coordination through one common view.

The Port of Baltimore was recently recognized as the most efficient container port in the US, ranking ninth for the dollar by the amount of cargo and 14th for total cargo tonnage.

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Brian Miller, Director of Operations at Maryland Port Administration, said: “The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Port Administration selected Saab to take advantage of their new Common Operating Picture functionality, which will significantly improve maritime domain awareness.

“In addition, KleinPort will allow us to become a more efficient port and improve our customer service.”

KleinPort is a product within Saab's Maritime Traffic Management product area, a leading provider of Maritime Enterprise Software.

“The Common Operating Picture is a web service that allows authorized users to see the exact status of ships and port facilities.

Tomas Hjelmberg, head of Saab’s Maritime Traffic Management product area within business area Surveillance, said: “There is much less of a need to phone or radio for information on what is going on, and it’s a real time saver.”

Read more: Adani Group, owner of India’s largest private port developer Adani Ports, and Saab have announced a plan to collaborate in defence in India

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