Wärtsilä Delivers VTS Upgrade to Portuguese Trade Hubs


Wärtsilä, a provider of technological solutions for the maritime sector, has completed the installation of its Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) system at the ports of Lisbon and Setúbal, located in Portugal.

According to a statement, the VTS service developed and supplied by Wärtsilä-owned Transas will increase the efficiency of these facilities by reducing waiting times for incoming ships and enabling just-in-time operations.

Completed in January 2019, the installation project and training of operational staff comprised of two VTS control centres, seven remote sites with sensors, and the integration of various radars, as well as an Automatic Identification System (AIS) and cameras that function day and night.

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In addition to this, the seamless exchange of data between control centres and pilots, via the Pilot Portable Units application, was established.

Transas’ Navi-Harbour VTS software is also modular, scalable and accessible for upgrades, allowing for development into the future.

Dmitry Rostopshin, Wärtsilä Ship Traffic Control & Management Director, said: “This extensive project is another outstanding example of how Wärtsilä is utilising high levels of connectivity and digitalisation to develop the latest technology for creating even greater maritime safety and operational efficiencies as part of its Smart Marine Ecosystem vision.”



Rui Barata, Head of Pilot Department and VTS at APL S.A in Lisbon, and Carlos Marques, Port & Maritime Safety Director at Setúbal, also commented on the new system.

“We are extremely satisfied with the VTS solution for these ports and thank Wärtsilä for its efficient handling of this important project.

“Lisbon and Setúbal are major ports on the Iberian Peninsula and having this advanced technology will benefit our operations and the safety of navigation in many ways.”

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