THE port of Callao on Peru’s main harbour will install a vessel traffic service solution from technology group Wärtsilä.

Dense fog and haze are a consistent challenge for Callao’s port operations, often making shipping conditions dangerous. The Wärtsilä VTS solution will provide the technology needed to ensure uninterrupted port operations, while increasing safety levels and facilitating arrival, docking and departures for visiting ships.

The spectrum of technologies deployed by Wärtsilä includes solid-state IALA advanced radar, long-range thermal imaging, ultra-precise global positioning for pilotage operations, HF and VHF communication, data analysis, recording, and dispatching.

“Our system will significantly improve the port’s efficiency by integrating high-end Wärtsilä products and technologies, and is a clear example of our ‘Smart Marine’ approach to raising efficiency and safety levels,” Eduardo Rosiello, senior sales manager of the Callao VTS project, Wärtsilä Marine, said.

“The VTS will be fully integrated with a Wärtsilä-provided port management information system, and will have smart CCTV tracking.”

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In addition to the comprehensive range of elements making up the VTS solution, an oil spill detection system is also included in the overall scope. Delivery is planned for January 2021.

Wärtsilä’s VTS solutions, with the support of automated self-learning decision support technologies, make it possible to operate a ship traffic control model similar to that available to the aviation industry. Ship movements can be advised and controlled, even beyond territorial waters, using radar, VHF, HF, weather, electro-optical equipment and sensors.

Wärtsilä VTS extends the safety and efficiency of navigation far beyond the limits of traditional coastal systems. Technological elements are connected through a single central operating system, enabling the data to be available across the whole operational ecosystem.

Wärtsilä has installed more than 300 VTS solutions in 70 countries around the world.

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