Teesport upgrades VTS system to C-Scope

  • UK port chooses Kongsberg Norcontrol IT platform

Teesport, recognised as the first port in the world to be fitted with a Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) system, has announced that it will upgrade to C-Scope, the next generation maritime surveillance system from Kongsberg Norcontrol IT.

“The relationship between Kongsberg Norcontrol IT and Teesport is the longest running technology partnership in our history,” said Steve Guest, general manager for Kongsberg Norcontrol IT’s UK office.

The new C-Scope VTS system will replace the UK port’s VTMIS5060 and will include a number of new features including the latest C-Scope Operator Client, Decision Support, Sensor Fusion, Management Information services and C-Scope Extractor/Trackers.

Five RADAR sites, two VHF radio sites (five VHF radios), three metrological, hydrological sensors and seven CCTV cameras will also be installed and integrated, along with operator consoles all connected via a microwave link based Wide Area Network.

Installation work is scheduled to begin this month, with site acceptance in early 2014.

Norcontrol installed the first Teesport VTS system in 1979.

Located five kilometres east of Middlesbrough on the River Tees, Teesport is one of the UK’s major ports and one of the largest ports in Western Europe. Owned by PD Ports, it handles both international and domestic cargo in excess of 38 million tonnes per year.

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