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.
On 13 November speaking in Tokyo on behalf of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), its Chairman, Esben Poulsson, highlighted serious concerns about the challenge presented by the United States.
In his words: ‘To the proven benefits of multilateralism and the existing global trading order underpinned by a system of international rules and norms which has brought peace and prosperity since World War Two’.
He added: ‘The view that international trade can be seen as some kind of zero sum game is demonstrably false.’
Poulsson acknowledged that the US has legitimate concerns about the policies of some of its trading partners, concerns which to some extent ICS also shares, particularly with regard to China and South Korea’s possible contribution towards overcapacity in shipping.
The IMO regulation that sets out preventive security measures on detecting and deterring threats to ships and port facilities – the ISPS Code* – was the subject of a training workshop that took place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from 5-9 November.
This workshop was initiated as a means of assistance to potential Designated Authority (DA) and Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs) to improve their knowledge of how to implement the relevant provisions in the ISPS Code and SOLAS Chapter XI-2. This followed a national maritime security workshop on design and conduct of drills and exercises organized for Trinidad and Tobago by IMO last year, the outcomes of which are being addressed in part by this new workshop.