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.
Emerging maritime challenges were at the forefront of discussions at the 11th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Inter-Sessional Meeting (ISM) on Maritime Security held in Da Nang, Viet Nam, on 14-15 March. Participants had the opportunity to exchange views on regional maritime issues, review progress of their maritime security work plan, and discuss proposed activities over the coming year.
IMO took the opportunity to update ARF members on IMO’s work in Asia and told senior maritime officials of potential future technical cooperation projects in the region. IMO also talked about improving the implementation, among ASEAN members, of maritime security measures, including the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS).
It was reported by IMO on 13 March that a new set of publicly-available guidelines for monitoring plastics and microplastics in the oceans will help harmonize how scientists and others assess the scale of the marine plastic litter problem.
These guidelines* for the monitoring and assessment of plastic litter and microplastics in the ocean have been published by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), a body that advises the United Nations system on the scientific aspects of marine environmental protection.
Guidelines cover what to sample, how to sample it and how to record and assess plastics in the oceans and on the shoreline, including establishing baseline surveys. They include recommendations, advice and practical guidance, for establishing programmes to monitor and assess the distribution and abundance of plastic litter, also referred to as plastic debris, in the ocean.