To ensure a seamless migration from the old VTS to the new system, we adopted a phased implementation approach. Back to March last year, we installed the new central control system at the Vessel Traffic Centre (VTC) in Sheung Wan. The system was then tested thoroughly by our professional engineering team in close collaboration with the Marine Department to perfect its various functions. We waited until the VTS operators were fully conversant with the operation of the new system before we integrated it into the VTS, finally achieving the target of a seamless migration. We will proceed with the testing and commissioning of the back-up system at the Ma Wan Marine Traffic Control Station, as well as those remote facilities like the remote-control radar stations and radio stations. We expect to finish all the commissioning work by early next year.
EMSD has long been trusted by our client since we helped build Hong Kong’s first VTS System in 1989. We then assisted in putting the second generation VTS into service successfully in 2002, and now we continue our commitment to complete the replacement and upgrade the system to the third generation VTS. The new system uses the latest electronic technology and information systems, such as solid-state digital radar, automated identification system, very high frequency direction finding system, IP-based data and voice network, etc. We also succeeded in integrating the VTS operation with the database of the Marine Department’s information system, creating a paperless operating environment in the system. This not only enhances the operation efficiency of the VTC, but also enables our client to record and manage vessel movement and navigational information more effectively.
We are happy to share with our clients the most advanced technological systems. Please contact our Senior Engineer, Mr. Pang Kwok-keung, at 3757 6027 if you are interested.