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Sensors Enhance Marine Traffic Safety

The Transas Navi-Harbour Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS) has led to the development of the Vessel Traffic Services system.

Ocean-going vessels in the British Gibraltar Territorial Waters will be able to connect and communicate with each other through the GPA vessel traffic system. The system will allow them to use sensors such as radars and the Automatic Identification System that will assist them in identifying other vessels, which will have identification transponders. Other fixtures will include close circuit television sets and thermal imaging cameras.

The VHF marine communications system features a radio Direction Finding facility to accurately track a radio signal from other vessels that may be in distress or danger. Other sensors will help keep track of weather conditions. The port information system will have an electronic logbook, and details of visiting vessels, weather reports etc. An important feature of the system is its ability to record all radio and AIS transmissions, which can later be replayed for investigations in the event of any mishaps.

Two radars at Windy Hill provide comprehensive information to port authorities on the ocean waters to the south, east and west of Gibraltar.  All this information is fully integrated via a system server that transmits it to the control room at the GPS office on East Head.


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