Vessel monitoring system inaugurated at LerwickCompany News // September 6, 2016
Lerwick Port Authority had inaugurated a new Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) which utilises the latest technology to improve the handling of ship movements at the busy Shetland port.
Transas installed the system across four sites covering the port area – port control in the main building and three remote stations, at Rova Head north of Lerwick and Maryfield and Kirkabister, on the island of Bressay, monitoring the northern approaches, inner harbour and southern approaches, respectively. Fibre and microwave links supply data back to port control.
The modernisation project, including the Transas contract, telecommunications and civil works, cost £450,000.
The Port Authority’s Deputy Harbourmaster, Captain Alexander Simpson, said: “The VMS is already a great asset for port control in handling shipping movements and providing navigational assistance. It combines data from multiple sensors in very user-friendly vector chart operator display units, extends port control’s VHF radio range, displays weather information and linked cameras deliver CCTV coverage – all enhancing the efficiency and safety of operations."
The VMS is based on the Navi-Harbour software solution from Transas. Hardware equipment include Class A AIS transponders, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine 'Vision Master' radars, a Jotron VHF communications system, Gill meteorological sensors, general IT hardware platform and an APC power backup system.