The EMSD assisted the Marine Department (MD) to set up the first Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) System in Hong Kong in 1989, and has all along been providing upgrade services and maintenance support for the system. Mr. Sunny Pang, who has just retired from his position as Senior Engineer with the EMSD, had been responsible for the upgrading works for the second and third generations of the VTS System since 1998. His efforts in successfully enhancing the system’s performance have won client’s trust and appreciation.
Over the years, we have been working closely with the MD and continuously offering quality services, which have made client deeply aware of the EMSD’s customer-oriented service objective. “We greatly appreciate Mr. Pang’s contribution to the upgrading works of the VTS System. Mr. Pang and his team actively introduced innovative technologies and studied various solutions and technical features to meet our requirements for new product functions,” said Mr. Leung Wing-shun, Marine Officer/Training. For instance, the Automatic Identification System and the VTS simulators were introduced to the second generation of the VTS System, which was later upgraded to the third generation of a fully digitised VTS System. Also, we were able to respond quickly even in the event of an emergency. For example, during the strike of super typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong in 2018, part of the microwave communications system was damaged. Mr. Pang and his team arranged emergency repair and reconfigured the back-up facilities to maintain normal communications and services of the VTS System.
It was indeed a great challenge to achieve a seamless migration from the old generation of VTS System to the new one, for which Mr. Tse Wing-chung, Senior Marine Officer/Training, expressed his sincere gratitude to the EMSD team. “The successful completion of the VTS System’s upgrading works relies very much on Mr. Pang and his team’s excellent expertise and project management skills, as well as the mutual trust and close co-ordination between the MD and the EMSD,” he said.