Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
During the last six months Lystrup, Denmark-based Terma received two separate orders to supply SCANTER 2202 radars and 18´ antennas for Vessel Traffic Management operations in two Indonesian seaports: Port of Tarakan and Port of Panjang.
The Directorate General of Sea Transportation (DGST) currently operates the SCANTER radars in a number of seaports to monitor vessel traffic and to ensure smooth port operations and safety. Examples of seaports relying on Terma SCANTER radars on a daily basis are Jakarta, Bintuni, Merak, and Tanjung Priok.
These recent orders are expected to be followed by repeat orders to expand the seaports’ traffic management capabilities.
Terma has delivered and installed numerous radar sensor systems worldwide since the early 1990s – initially tailored for VTS applications in ports and waterways where the increased vessel traffic in congested areas called for improved monitoring and surveillance – essentially for economic and safety reasons. Later, port authorities have been forced to tighten up surveillance requirements to encompass security.
Solely for Vessel Traffic Services and Coastal Surveillance in the Asia Pacific region Terma has supplied more than 120 units of the newest SCANTER 2000 and SCANTER 5000 Series.
It is understood that the SCANTER 2000 Series is especially suited for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS), river, and inner port surveillance. The outdoor transceiver unit is very small, weighs only 26 kg, and can be placed up-mast close to the antenna to minimize installation requirements and costs.
Meanwhile, the SCANTER 2000 Series meets the requirements for professional VTS applications, where quality and durability is significant. With a Terma 18´ compact antenna, it is said to meet the IALA Standard recommendations up to 48 nautical miles. The transceiver also works with smaller antennas meeting requirements, typically for ports and VTS gap-filling.
Piracy increased on the world’s seas in 2018, with a marked rise in attacks against ships and crews around West Africa, the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) latest annual piracy report reveals. The document was issued jointly in London and Kuala Lumpur on 16 January.
Worldwide, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded 201 incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery in 2018, up from 180 in 2017.
The Gulf of Guinea remains increasingly dangerous for seafarers. Reports of attacks in waters between the Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo more than doubled in 2018, accounting for all six hijackings worldwide, 13 of the 18 ships fired upon, 130 of the 141 hostages taken globally, and 78 of 83 seafarers kidnapped for ransom.
The region saw a significant new spike in violence in the last quarter of 2018. Vessels have been boarded by pirates well outside territorial waters, with crew kidnapped and taken into Nigeria where they are held for ransom.
On 16 January the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs launched a new sectoral strategy for the shipping industry. This strategy is a part of the Danish government’s national strategy for cyber and information security.
The strategy contains a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening IT security and preventing cyber threats in the maritime sector.
The objective of the strategy is to ensure that safety in Danish waters and on board Danish ships is not compromised by cyber attacks.
The responsibility for cyber and information security in the maritime sector lies with the Danish Maritime Authority. The new strategy covers navigational safety in Danish waters and safety on board Danish ships, including systems and software for operation, propulsion and navigation of the ship.