NASH Maritime, a shipping, navigation and maritime risk consultancy, has assisted the Port of London Authority (PLA) in the specification of their Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) system upgrade.
VTS systems are shore-side software systems that enable the safe management and co-ordination of vessel traffic and marine operations within a port or waterway. The PLA is in the process of upgrading its VTS software system so that it continues to meet current and future needs of the River Thames, as well as effectively integrate with other decision support tools.
NASH Maritime, a recognised specialist in VTS and port management systems, was asked to assist the PLA in understanding user needs and requirements to define the new software’s specification.
We brought to this project our understanding of the challenges that come with being a VTS system operator, our experience in defining VTS systems (both here in the UK and internationally) and also our deep knowledge of IALA standards, EU Network and Information Systems Directive and GDPR requirements
… said Dr Ed Rogers, NASH Maritime Co-Founder
To develop the specification, the project team undertook discovery work with users to identify mandatory and desirable requirements, as well as understanding the PLA’s strategic and operational needs.
NASH Maritime was supported by Halcro Electronics and AFS Consultants. NASH Maritime’s specification findings were finalised in early in 2023 and were subsequently used to develop the tender documents for the new software system.
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