On Wednesday, June 11, 2014, the Norwegian Coastal Administration officially celebrated the modernized Kvitsøy Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Centre, which has been renovated as part of a 36 million NOK (4.4 mil euros) project.
With a new VTS system and six new radars, the Kvitsøy VTS Centre is even better equipped to regulate and monitor ship traffic along the Rogaland coast and ensure safe and efficient maritime transport.
"Kvitsøy VTS Centre is now equipped with a more flexible VTS system based on the latest in integration technology. The system saves time for maritime traffic management and provides a better basis for maintaining maritime traffic safety," says Regional Director John Erik Hagen of Norwegian Coastal Administration's Region Western Norway.
Kvitsøy VTS Centre is the first of the NCA's five VTS Centres to be renovated, all by 2018. With the new system, the VTS Centres go from using three different VTS systems to a single common and unified maritime domain awareness system from Kongsberg Norcontrol IT. The unified maritime domain awareness system, called C-Scope, is tailored to the operational and administrative tasks for securing safe and efficient maritime traffic along the coast of Norway.
Simplified and streamlined
In order to implement rapid and effective preventive measures, the maritime traffic managers depend on updated and detailed traffic information in real time. This is possible using various monitoring and communication systems, including the Automatic Identification System AIS, radar, and VHF communications, which are currently used by the VTS Centres. With the help of multi-sensor tracking, information from these various systems is integrated in order to provide a comprehensive situation picture of vessel traffic.
"The new VTS Centre system simplifies and streamlines the process of collecting traffic information from different systems. Traffic information is analyzed, filtered and presented in a consistent picture that provides a detailed image of vessel traffic and a quick overview of situations that may be particularly risky," says Hagen.
A better situation picture
The C-Scope system calculates all the possible conflicts in traffic and arrival times based on vessel speed and course. In addition, nautical charts are updated automatically. The new C-Scope system also makes it possible to follow a vessel automatically with one or more surveillance cameras, while providing for automatic and manual highlighting of vessels that require special attention.
For the system to be flexible and adaptable to future needs and developing technologies, the C-Scope system is designed so that it works regardless of the technical platform.
Chart providers offer digital sailing routes to Norwegian ports
Mariners, who subscribe to electronic charts from PRIMAR, now also get access to the Norwegian Coastal Administration's digital reference routes for navigation in PRIMAR’s chart service.
Work will now begin on the Stad Ship Tunnel
The Norwegian Coastal Administration has received the assignment letter from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which gives a green light to start preparations for the construction of the Stad Ship Tunnel.
Safer Shipping in the Arctic
ArcticInfo is a website that provides information about the conditions in Arctic waters, and decision support to support safer voyages. By increasing maritime safety in the High North, we reduce the risk of unwanted incidents and accidents.
New AI monitoring tool introduced in the VTS service
The Norwegian Coastal Administration will soon introduce a new digital decision support tool based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms that provides more automated monitoring of ship traffic. The tool gives VTS centres a better basis for earlier detection of unwanted and critical traffic situations.
Fees for 2021
Fees for 2021 have increased to meet the expected increase in prices and wages by 2.1 per cent on average in 2021. The Norwegian government will finance the loss in income caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.
- Go to archive