Abu Dhabi’s AD Ports Group is to introduce a new Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS) across its UAE operations, as part of ongoing efforts to enhance safety, security and efficiency. The new technology is to be installed in Khalifa, Zayed and Musaffah ports as well as smaller ports in the Al Dhafra region.
The VTMIS is used to integrate tools such as radar, CCTV, radios, meteorological systems, radio direction finders and towers. This provides port operators with access to real-time information and improves vessel-to-vessel and vessel-to-shore communication.
According to the company, “This level of transparency and communication ensures the safe and secure management of maritime operations, by supporting functions such as traffic management systems including collision avoidance and safe navigation, search and rescue, oil pollution detection and environmental protection.”
To support the implementation of the new system, AD Ports Group intends to upgrade its current VTC Centre with video walls and operator consoles. This is to provide operators with a comprehensive view of tracked vessels within the VTMIS area.