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Maritime Security: NPA secures Calabar Ports with VTS

NPA said the Agency is taking steps to secure the Nation s Ports In view of the current maritime security challenges around the world and mostly in certain parts of West and Central Africa, the management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said the Agency is taking steps to secure the Nation's Ports. The Authority has introduced a tracking system called, "Vessel Tracking System" (VTS) to help in securing the Calabar Ports.Speaking with The Nation in his office, the Agency's General Manager, Public Affairs Department of NPA, Chief Michael Ajayi, who spoke on behalf of management of the Agency on what they are doing about the security and safety of the nation's waters and ports, said, NPA, in her resolve to ensure safety of navigation and protection of the marine environments within the Nation's ports has decided to establish VTS stations in the country.A Vessel Tracking System (VTS), Chief Ajayi explained 'is a service implemented by a competent authority to improve the safety and efficiency of vessel traffic and to protect the marine environment'. The system, according to Chief Ajayi will also protect adjacent shore areas, work sites and offshore installations from possible adverse effects of maritime traffic.Explaining how the device ...

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Eyes on the Barents maritime safety

The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) plays a key role in the maritime safety On duty round the clock monitoring tankers and other risk traffic in the Barents Sea and along the coast of Norway. The amount of oil shipped out from Russia has not increased and no voyages with nuclear waste have taken place this year.The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) in Vardø plays a key role in the maritime safety cooperation with Russia. From its location in Norway's north easternmost corner it is possible to see over the Varanger fjord to Russia's Kola Peninsula. This is the main route for oil tankers from Murmansk to the markets in Europe. Worst-case scenario is a huge tanker accident, followed by massive oil spill and ecological damages along the Arctic coast.- We are working closely with emergency forces and rescue coordination centres. If a tanker gets an engine breakdown, we can immediately see where the nearest tow boat is and send assistance, says Ståle Sveinungsen, head of Vardø VTS.On the large screens on the walls, Ståle Sveinungsen and his fellow officers can see the exact position all maritime traffic within Norwegian economic zone from the south to the maritime border with Russia in ...

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Functions added to vessel tracking system

extra safety and security functions Pole Star Space Applications, a UK-based provider of fleet management, ship security and asset monitoring solutions, has added extra safety and security functions, under the name of Industry Zone.The new functionality, an addition to Pole Star's Fleet Management and SSAS Alert Advanced products, enables users to select from a series of pre-defined areas that carry additional environmental regulatory requirements or security risks and apply them to their voyage management and reporting procedures. Industry Zones is intended to provide automatic notification when a vessel enters and exits the pre-defined zone and can be configured to increase frequency of reporting while in the zone.Pole Star says that with regulatory reporting requirements increasing and maritime piracy acknowledged as a long-term problem, its vessel tracking and reporting tools provide a crucial link between ship and shore, putting voyage risk management of a complete fleet into the hands of users on a single screen.In addition to entry and exit alerts, Fleet Management users can receive automatically-increased frequency of reporting via email or SMS while the ship remains in a selected zone. SSAS Alert Advanced users receive automatic entry and exit notification and ships can be polled on demand for latest ...

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