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.
News has been received that aids to navigation manufacturer Mediterraneo Señales Maritimas, otherwise known as MSM: www.mesemar.com has carried out a case study for the upgrade of six lighthouses on the Malaga coast of Spain.
The case study
The Malaga Lighthouses case study by MSM is available in an accessible form here:
The Malaga coast region has six symbolic lighthouses. Here the lighthouses’ equipment has been renewed by MSM as part of a programme to adapt them to their current needs optimizing operation and management.
The stations are: Punta Doncella Lighthouse, Estepona; Calaburras Lighthouse, Mijas; Marbella Lighthouse; Malaga Lighthouse, La Farola; Torre del Mar Lighthouse, Vélez-Málaga and Torrox Lighthouse.
After a first study to check the status of this lighthouse network and to plan logistics for the renovation, the MSM technical team travelled to the province of Malaga to carry out appropriate actions, including renovation, supply and installation of equipment, and maintenance, to complete this major project.
A series of common works were executed for all sites. This involved the following activities:
Reprogramming of existing logic controllers (PLCs) to manage the operation of the signal, alarm monitoring and remote control functions. Additionally, practical training on the operation of this software for aids to navigation technicians was provided.
Installation of GLOBAL NETCOM software, developed by MSM, a system for the monitoring and remote control of all lighthouses and beacons being part the Aids to Navigation network of the Port Authority of Malaga, including a training course for the use and management of the software.
Installation of CCTV cameras that can be used to remotely monitor the correct operation of the optic equipment through Global Netcom and also provide security against possible vandalism or criminal acts.
Installation of a UPS to cover power micro-outages and prevent problems caused by the different systems that depend on the electrical panel and supply of a set of spare metal halide lamps.
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