Liverpool Port’s Operator Peel Ports Group has decided to invest in traffic control technology to boost efficiency at seven locations, the first UK ship traffic integration project of its kind, according to Marine Electronics & Communications.
Peel Ports plans to spend around US$3.5 million across all its ports in Liverpool, Manchester Ship Canal, Heysham, Glasgow, Medway, Dublin and Great Yarmouth.
A fully integrated traffic management system will work with solid state radar systems installed at various locations, an automated vessel identification system, a group-wide geographical information system and a digital VHF radio system.
Client-side services are set to get a boost with a smartphone app for vessel pilots and an online booking system.
Meteorological stations with a weather forecasting system and CCTV cameras will add to monitoring capability.
In the months to come, marine operations will shift towards central management from a new command centre at the company’s headquarters in Liverpool.
Smaller satellite operations and supporting centres will also operate throughout Peel Ports’ network.
Centralised traffic control strategies are also used by the airline industry, as well as the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s National Maritime Operations Centre.
David Huck, Peel Ports Deputy Chief Operating Officer, said: “This is a huge advance for our customers, our people and port operations generally.
“The technology will allow us to provide a more efficient, more resilient and safer service and will ensure that Peel Ports Group has a port control platform aligned to the group’s future growth plans.
“Having already introduced AutoGates in Liverpool and the Navis N4 terminal operating system across our network, including the new Liverpool2 deepwater container terminal, we are leading the way in using technology to transform how ports work.”