Norcontrol IT has won a contract to supply a comprehensive VTMIS (Vessel Traffic Management and Information System) to the Norwegian Coastal Administration for installation in Vardø, Norway.
The new Vardø VTMIS will enable the Norwegian Coastal Administration to monitor traffic and view data from AIS and radar sensors, covering northern areas in the Arctic, from the Barents Sea to Rørvik in the south. An essential task for the Vardø VTMIS will be to monitor the oil and gas transports along the sensitive Norwegian coastline, where fisheries and tourism are key industries. The Vardø VTMIS will be an important surveillance tool for increased maritime safety in these areas.
The Norwegian Coastal Administration is a leader in applying advanced IT solutions to improve both maritime safety and efficiency of reporting, and we are proud that we have the facility to provide them with a system that meets their objectives, says Jan Anders Horntvedt, Managing Director at Norcontrol IT.
The new system, which will be implemented by the Norwegian Coastal Administration, will consist of a VTMIS solution delivered by Norcontrol IT as well as a Message Central developed by Ericsson Microwave System. The new Message Central will also be integrated to Safe Sea Net (for HAZMAT information), and will give access to relevant shipping data such as HAZMAT onboard, departures and arrivals.
The VTMIS contract includes delivery of three VTS workstations, one maintenance server, and two web servers. A dual MIS (Management Information System) will be installed to provide the latest Internet based application technology, offering a simple and user-friendly interface that facilitates ease of data entry, maintenance and reporting on critical information. A dual Warning and Integration server, weather station, and AIS integration will be incorporated in the system.
Norcontrol IT will also provide an option for a radar site at Melkøya, home to Europe's first gas liquefaction plant, which is being built in connection with the Norwegian 'Snøhvit' offshore development.
Norcontrol IT has a long-term relationship with the Norwegian Coastal Administration. We have already installed VTS systems in Norway including Oslofjorden VTS at Horten, Brevik VTS and Fedje VTS, as well as supply the Norwegian AIS network infrastructure together with Kongsberg Seatex, and we are very pleased to continue this collaboration with the announcement of Vardø VTMIS, says Horntvedt.
The delivery is due for completion at the end of 2006 and the Vardø VTMIS will be operational by January, 1st 2007.