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WÄRTSILÄ VTS FOR FOGBOUND PERUVIAN PORT

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 

Wärtsilä’s Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) solution is to be installed in the port of Callao in Peru, the country’s main harbour and one of Latin America’s most important ports, where dense fog and haze are a consistent challenge, often making shipping conditions dangerous.

The Wärtsilä VTS solution will enable uninterrupted port operations, while increasing safety levels and facilitating arrival, docking and departures for visiting ships. The technologies deployed by Wärtsilä include solid-state IALA Advanced radar, long-range thermal imaging, ultra-precise global positioning for pilotage operations, HF and VHF communication, data analysis, recording, and dispatching.

“Our system will significantly improve the port’s efficiency by integrating high-end Wärtsilä products and technologies, and is a clear example of our ‘Smart Marine’ approach to raising efficiency and safety levels. The VTS will be fully integrated with a Wärtsilä-provided port management information system, and will have smart CCTV tracking,” said Eduardo Rosiello, Senior Sales manager, Wärtsilä Marine.

“Fog and maritime awareness are something we have to deal with a lot and safety is a constant concern, which is why we turned to Wärtsilä. We have worked with them often in the past and their experience in traffic management systems is second-to-none. The Wärtsilä VTS will greatly improve operations in the port of Callao,” said Calm José Antonio San Martín, Dirección de Contrataciones del Material (DIRCOMAT).

As well as VTS, an oil spill detection system is included in the overall scope. Delivery is planned for January 2021.

Wärtsilä says its VTS, with the support of automated self-learning decision support technologies, makes it possible to operate a ship traffic control model similar to that available to the aviation industry. Ship movements can be advised and controlled, using radar, VHF, HF, weather, electro-optical equipment and sensors, beyond the limits of traditional coastal systems. Technological elements are connected through a single central operating system. The system is modular, scalable, and accessible for future upgrade developments.

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