Xanatos Marine is pleased to announce they have successfully implemented a multi-sensor Vessel Traffic Monitoring System (VTMS) for Portland Port in the United Kingdom.
The new VTMS system uses the latest Xanatos Titan Sentinel VTMS software solution and comprises a maritime surveillance radar, Automatic Identification System (AIS), CCTV, weather stations, and operator workstations with the latest user interface (including C-Map charts) and advanced recording and replay functionality. In order to minimise the capital cost of the new system, Xanatos was able to re-use and interface some of the existing hardware (e.g. the radar), while still delivering a modern, state-of-the art, and cost-effective solution.
Bill English, President of Xanatos Marine, commented “Xanatos Marine was thrilled for the opportunity to work with Portland Port to implement a system that meets their unique requirements. The staff at Portland Port have been great to work with and now that the system has been successfully implemented, we are pleased the system has proven itself to be as useful as imagined.”
Captain Mike Shipley, Harbour Master and General Manager (Marine), stated that “The new VTMS system from Xanatos provides an impressive range of features and functions and has proven to be extremely reliable and robust. The entire project has been managed efficiently and professionally by the team at Marico Marine and we continue to work with them in order to expand and enhance the system in the coming months/years”.
Portland Port is a thriving commercial port located on the UK's south coast. The port's close proximity to the English Channel shipping lanes provides an ideal location for vessels both in terms of distance and travel time. The harbour is well protected from the south and south westerly winds, as it shelters behind the Isle of Portland and Chesil Beach, and is circled by an extensive breakwater system which protects it from adverse easterly weather conditions.
The project was managed by their local partner and European distributor - Marine and Risk Consultants (Marico Marine). The new VTMS system was installed and commissioned in July 2017.