The USCG is conducting a Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study (MARIPARS) to evaluate the need for establishing vessel routing measures. The information of the MARIPARS may result in the establishment of one or more vessel routing measures. The goal of the MARIPARS is to enhance navigational safety by examining existing shipping routes and waterway uses.
The US Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it starts a new study of routes used by ships to access ports on the Atlantic Coast of the US. This new study comes to be added on and builds on the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study completed April 5, 2017. Current capabilities and planned improvements in these ports to handle maritime conveyances will be considered as well.
According to the North P&I Club, recent years have seen several incidents in the Port of Kingston in Jamaica where vessels have made contact with a particular quay on the entrance to the port’s basin. These contact incidents have caused damage to the port, to the vessel and on sometimes pollution. On each case, the appropriateness of the speed of approach of the ship into the turning basin was questionable.
Sohar Port and Freezone and Svitzer signed a charter agreement for five new tugboats to replace the current Sohar tugboats and provide all day operational support for vessel movements in and around the port. Svitver will supply, man, manage, operate and maintain five tugboats at Sohar. The contract will apply for 15 years with the delivery of the first tugboats planned on August 1, 2020.
Currently, computers use the sea of data that are produced these days for self-training. The Port of Rotterdam is now investing in this development with Pronto, an application for standardised data exchange on port calls. Today, about half of shipping companies, agents, terminals and other nautical service providers in the port use the system.
Responding to the increasing number of navigational incidents, accidents and near-misses in recent years, especially in the Chittagong outer anchorage, due to rising maritime traffic in the area, the local authority established new regulations and recommendations which are in effect from October 1, 2018.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority launched the first version of its new digital application “Pronto”. The application wants to achieve a more effective utilisation of capacity at the port terminals, and a precise planning and coordination of bunkering, servicing and maintenance and provisioning. It also contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the port.
Within the Sea Traffic Management, a Port Call Message Format has been developed to enable the coordination of stakeholder activities regarding port calls by providing a standard format to share the necessary information on Estimated Time of Arrival and Estimated Time of Departure. The STM Validation Project will demonstrate the STM concept in test beds in the Nordic and Mediterranean Seas.
Fujitsu, Singapore Management University, and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing, will collaborate to develop new technologies to improve vessel traffic management in the Port of Singapore, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. These technologies will use AI and big data analytics.
PortMiami will use NOAA’s Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, in order to ensure that super-sized ships coming through the recently expanded Panama Canal can enter more safely and efficiently the Miami seaport. PORTS will provide ship operators with real-time information that can help them better plan their transit and prevent accidents in and around the port.
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