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Wärtsilä and Tanger Med to develop port management information system

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Wärtsilä and container port Tanger Med have announced a long-term partnership to develop smart port tools.

The companies said they will co-operate on the development of Just-In-Time (JIT) solutions, machine learning and AI, encouraging data exchange to improve operational efficiency and port safety and reduce carbon and GHG emissions.

The Port Management Information System (PMIS) aims to optimise vessel calls using standardised master and event data, within the scope of Tanger Meds’ commitment to standardisation through the International Taskforce PCO (Port Call Optimisation).

Tanger Med has its own port digitalisation projects, which will be upgraded with a range of added systems. The joint initiative includes the delivery and installation of a Wärtsilä Navi-Harbour VTS System comprising PortLink Port Management Information System, IALA Advanced Coastal Surveillance Radars, VHF Radio Sub-System, Automatic Identification System, Operator Workstation, Network Systems, Ancillary Equipment and a five-year service and support contract. Installation of the services is due to be completed within 12 months with ongoing co-operation thereafter under the terms of an MoU.

The PMIS system will digitalise the port call process and remove opportunities for human error, as well as reducing emissions and congestion through the use of JIT systems, the companies said.

Khalid Samir Harbormaster, Tanger Med, said: “Tanger Med is fully committed to optimised vessel calls through digitisation. This collaboration will also reinforce Tanger Med Port’s position as a leading port in this respect. We are on course to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the port and surrounding areas, which are critical priorities for the International Maritime Organization, IALA, and the broader maritime community.

Bruce Mills, Business Development STC, Wärtsilä Voyage said: “it is a ground-breaking project from a technology perspective. Tanger Med Port has planned for a full and comprehensive smart port upgrade that includes not only an extensive range of our existing Ship Traffic Control products but also new solutions that will enter the market later in 2021, such as Wärtsilä Navi-Port and AIM (Advanced Intelligent Manoeuvring).”

Wärtsilä Voyage will handle all the services linked to the project, including design, delivery, testing, operations and technical training.

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