Port of London secures contract for Vessel Traffic Services

Port of London secures contract for Vessel Traffic Services

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has secured a deal with Kongsberg Norcontrol Ltd (KNC) to replace its Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) technology.

According to PLA, this is an important component of Thames Vision 2050’s Marine Centre Transformation Programme.

This programme aims to result in a future-proofed Port Control Centre with the necessary technology and resilience to handle the next quarter century of expansion at the UK port.

The PLA’s Vessel Traffic Services are critical for giving information to operators and responding to growing traffic circumstances along the tidal Thames, according to the port, and ultimately improve navigation safety and efficiency while also protecting the maritime environment.

READ: Port of London Authority upgrades VTS systems

Steven Clapperton, PLA’s Director of Marine Operations, said: “This is a multi-million-pound scheme and will provide London VTS with state-of-the-art equipment, enhancing and improving our operational performance.

“All delivered into a brand new operations centre ready to accommodate the expected growth of trade on the river, which is set to rise from 55 million tonnes per year to 78 million tonnes by 2050.”

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Anthony Fletcher, PLA’s Head of IT, added: “The technology within the Kongsberg system is tried and tested whilst remaining at the forefront of industry capabilities. KNC is a global market leader and the long-term partnership and support arrangements that will follow this installation put us in good stead for many years to come.”

The PLA’s Marine Centre Transformation Programme is a multi-million pound and multi-disciplined scheme to transform London VTS operations. The scheme is due to be completed in 2026.

In September 2023, PLA welcomed Maersk’s methanol-fuelled container vessel, Laura Maersk, for its maiden call.

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