Kochi, Dec 15 (UNI) As part of the ongoing modernisation process, the Cochin Port Trust will install a state-of-the-art 'Vessel Traffic Management System' (VTMS) to ensure total navigational safety.
The Cochin Port Trust entered into an agreement today with Ireland's Transas Ltd, for the VTMS at the Port. The project being implemented on a turn-key basis, would be commissioned by November 2008, a release said here.
The installation of VTMS facility would enable the Port to ensure total navigational safety to monitor the vessel traffic movement in the entire harbour and detect movements of any unauthorised or unscheduled vessels in the area.
The VTMS would monitor the vessels in the harbour in order to prevent accidental collision/grounding/damage to underwater structures with special reference to the anchored vessels in the anchorage and those moving in the navigational channel.
The VTMS would also play an important role in the security of port-based Special Economic Zones (SEZ) at Vallarpadam and Puthuvypeen, where vital installations such as the Single Buoy Mooring (SBM) facility and the Storage Tank Farm of BPCL-KR are situated and a number of maritime projects, including International Container Transhipment Terminal and LNG Terminal by Petronet LNG were in different stages of development, it said.
While improving the safety and averting vessel traffic accidents in port area, the VTMS would also help monitor the position of navigational aids such as buoys in the harbour area.
This system would provide necessary data to other sub-systems of the port Management Information System (MIS), which in turn would enable improvements in the official procedures and services to the customers.