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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 

Wärtsilä has been contracted to upgrade its Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Information System (VTMIS) serving ports in Cyprus, with a new five-year equipment maintenance agreement included in the order.

The upgrade enables the Cyprus VTMIS to become a central point of contact and exchange information with other such systems in the region. This broader coverage is said to improve safety, combat illegal immigration and smuggling, improve environmental protection services, facilitate coastal surveillance and traffic monitoring, support search and rescue operations, and improve the overall operational efficiency of the region’s ports.

“The Wärtsilä system has been in successful operation since 2008, and will now be upgraded to feature the latest innovations in efficient vessel traffic management. The new system will be based on the dedicated Wärtsilä Navi-Harbour system software, and will deliver a multitude of benefits,” said Valentin Roslyakov, Commercial Project Manager, Wärtsilä Marine.

“Cyprus is strategically located in the north-eastern corner of the Mediterranean basin, at the intersection of major international and regional shipping lanes. Such a location has made the Cyprus ports a natural place of call for vessels sailing in and out of the Mediterranean region. Efficient vessel traffic monitoring and information is, therefore, extremely important for safety and a number of other reasons, which is why we are working closely with Wärtsilä. The main efforts of the Government of Cyprus are focused on continuous improvement of the existing maritime infrastructure,” said Themis Evriviades, Senior Marine Surveyor, Port and Coastal State Directorate, Head of Maritime Surveillance and Anti-pollution Unit.

The upgrading project was expected to be completed in March 2020, after which the 5-year maintenance agreement will become effective.

The Wärtsilä VTS software is modular, scalable, and accessible for future upgrade developments. Wärtsilä has more than 300 Vessel Traffic Management Systems installed in 70 countries.

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