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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 

Wärtsilä has partnered with Mediterranean and African container port Tanger Med to enhance global port efficiency by co-developing a new Port Management Information System (PMIS), deploying modern Smart Port tools for port operations and digitalisation – including implementing Just-In-Time (JIT) solutions, machine learning and AI.

This partnership positions Tanger Med and Wärtsilä as champions of the Smart Marine ecosystem, whereby data exchange will improve operational efficiency, port safety, and environmental sustainability in shipping, including reducing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. The new PMIS aims to optimise vessel calls using standardised master and event data. Tanger Med is committed to the International Taskforce PCO (Port Call Optimisation), which is bringing together ports including Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg and Los Angeles to harmonise and optimise procedures.

The joint initiative includes the delivery and installation of a Wärtsilä Navi-Harbour VTS System comprising PortLink Port Management Information System, IALA Advanced Coastal Surveillance Radars, VHF Radio Sub-System, Automatic Identification System, Operator Workstation, Network Systems, Ancillary Equipment and a five-year service and support contract. 

The installation of Wärtsilä Navi-Port at Tanger Med enables Just-in-Time (JIT) arrival, reducing the need for vessels to wait at anchorage, bringing down congestion and the risk of collisions, also lessening GHG and carbon emissions.

“It is a ground-breaking project from a technology perspective. Tanger Med Port has planned for a full and comprehensive smart port upgrade that includes not only an extensive range of our existing Ship Traffic Control products but also new solutions that will enter the market later in 2021, such as Wärtsilä Navi-Port and AIM (Advanced Intelligent Manoeuvring),” said Bruce Mills, Business Development STC, Wärtsilä Voyage. "PortLink is an integral player in this project. As a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art Port Management Information Systems (PMIS), their solution is a modular application designed to facilitate the planning and management of port operations. It allows users and stakeholders in the port community to exchange information in a timely manner, eliminate redundant data entry and automate workflows. In Portlink, we have the perfect partner to help bring these ambitions to fruition."

“Improving operational efficiency, better port-call organisation and reducing congestion and emissions will be critical as port traffic increases. So, there’s a clear widening of the port authority’s traditional focus from safety to optimisation and greener operations. Digital solutions are the most cost-effective way forward,” said Alex Van Knotsenborg, Director Global Sales, Wärtsilä Voyage.

Wärtsilä Voyage will handle all the services linked to the project, including design, delivery, testing, operations and technical training. The installation will be completed within 12 months, after which the organisations will continue to collaborate under MoU to drive further smart port development. 

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