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Author(s): Joeri Boeckx, Business Development Manager, Tein Technology, Brussels, Belgium and Robert De Maere, Telecommunications Manager, Port of Antwerp, Belgium

The Port of Antwerp is Europe’s second largest harbour, handling some 190 million tonnes of cargo and 15,000 ships annually. When the port authority looked to optimise security and vessel monitoring, Tein Technology provided the technical skills to provide a solution that will support traffic control for years to come.

Technology investment

Offering safe berthing to today’s capesize ships, as well as maritime and logistics services and cost-efficient hinterland connectivity, the Port of Antwerp has been a thriving sea harbour at the heart of Europe and a centre of competence for centuries. In the cur rent global ised wor ld economy, the Antwerp Port Authority will invest €1.6 billion by 2025 by further expanding port facilities, equipment and buildings. The integrated use of IT and multi-band telecommunications, including industryspecific technologies such as VHF radio, transponder data communications and radar, lies at the core of effective harbour traffic control.

Partners of choice

The maritime environment is highly competitive. Telematics play a major role in many critical aspects including safe and efficient nautical traffic, speed of handling, strict monitoring of ships and goods, and efficient resource management. The main challenge for the Port of Antwerp is to monitor 15,000 incoming and outgoing vessels per year in one of the busiest and largest harbours by surface area in the world. To allow for safe and secure ship movements, they appointed partners of choice with a proven track record in deploying similar unified surveillance solutions in the maritime sector. Tein Technology delivered the hightech CCTV cameras and network as well as developing interfaces for the entire monitoring platform operating from one control centre. Tein technology is working closely with the telecommunications department to understand the organisation, the development plans and the requirements of flexibility, continuity and sustainability.

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