Key Features

Cost-effective

Most Coastal Management processes can be supported by off-the-shelf system packages. These ready-made packages provide you with the advantages of a standard system that covers most business requirements at a fraction of what it would cost to have such a system custom-developed for you.

Proven reliability

In addition, you also benefit from a system that has been tried and tested by other companies similar to your own. As a result, you avoid the typical problems that are encountered when new systems are implemented that have been specifically developed for your needs.

Experienced partners

We offer robust solutions through Furuno, the strongest marine electronics distribution network in the world. This is coupled with years of experience in application implementation based on our advanced technological knowledge. Our technical and financial partnership with the Furuno group means that our professionalism and reliability are guaranteed.

Customizable

The standard system that we offer can in many cases, be configured to better meet your specific needs.

Application Fields

Our Vessel Traffic Surveillance System

The cutting edge Maritime surveillance solution you can afford!

OIL/GAS PLATFORMS

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FISH FARM

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PORTS AND HARBORS

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PROTECTED AREA

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WATERSIDE FACILITIES

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Oil And Gas Platforms

A big risk to oil and gas rigs is the possibility of vessels losing control and hitting the platform. Although unintentional, this can evidently cause a lot of damage and prove very expensive to your company. It is imperative to have a system in place that protects against this type of accident. When vessels are moving at high speeds towards the oil or gas rig, time is of the essence and action must be taken immediately.
Piracy is of course, one of the big dangers of these oil and gas rigs which are relatively vulnerable, especially when offshore. The level of danger depends on the location of the waters but it is always important to be equipped with a monitoring system in case of attack.
Unfortunately, nowadays we must be prepared for the possibility of terrorist acts targeting potentially dangerous sites such as gas or oil rigs. Companies must protect themselves against this type of threat by constantly monitoring the area in order to be aware if intruders are approaching.
Oil and gas rigs need to pay careful attention to the weather, as high waves and rough waters can cause great damage. Extreme weather conditions such as tsunamis and hurricanes could cost your company thousands, so it is vital to be fully up to date on weather developments.

Radar

System possesses all the features required to make the system perfectly-adapted for use on oil and gas platforms. Surveillance and security are extremely important on these sites and this all-in-one solution will make it as easy as possible to constantly monitor traffic in the area.

System lets users fully monitor an entire area around the platform. Long-distance approaching threats from pirates, terrorists or out of control vessels near shipping lanes can be identified by your radar system. This provides the time needed to prepare and call for action if needed.

ARPA/AIS targets

AIS and ARPA targets are displayed directly on your software screen, making it as easy as possible to track any targets that appear suspicious. AIS targets can be picked up by the software up to a distance of 50NM. According to the size and power of the Radar Antenna, ARPA targets can be reliably detected and tracked up to 10NM away (depending on weather conditions).

Alarm

It is easy to set up a custom-configured advanced alarm system that will alert you to potential dangers. Certain areas on your nautical chart can be marked as “no enter” zones and various guard zones can be set up around your oil or gas rig to protect against out of control vessels.

System features the extremely useful concept of the “AIS Directory and Classification” which is a list containing all vessels that are known to you and considered safe. These are trusted vessels that can be set up to not trigger any alarm, reducing the false alarm rate that can be highly distracting to the operator.

Record and Replay Module

If an unknown vessel is detected and has entered your configured boundary zone, an alarm will sound, instantly notifying you of the approaching vessel, and camera(s) can be automatically pointed at the target. This gives you the time to make contact with the boat and instruct them to change course. In the case of an eventual breach, the events will be clearly visible on your camera and can be also recorded for future reference with the option: Record and Replay Module.

Weather

System includes free and unlimited weather forecast downloads, which can be regularly updated for any area of the world. This makes it easy to stay informed of weather forecasts, including wind, wave and precipitation which may affect your oil or gas rig operation. Wind sensors can also be connected to your Coastal Monitoring system so that you can view real-time wind data directly on your software screen.

Should bad weather force an evacuation of the platform, an optional remote station can be installed on shore to view and control the system remotely.

Oil&Gas Platform

The user with complete situational awareness on two screens and an optional remote station is installed on shore to be able to monitor and control everything remotely.
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♦Fixed platforms

Fixed platforms are built upon steel or concrete legs, and are therefore usually designed for long-term use. The legs are anchored to the sea bed and used to support the platform for oil or gas drilling.

♦Compliant towers

Compliant towers are narrow, flexible towers are often used in water between 1,200 and 3,000 feet deep. The towers are designed to withstand strong lateral impact.

♦Semi-submersible platforms

Semi-submersible platforms have hulls and float on the water, while the columns are attached by chains or wires to the seafloor. They are generally used in depths from 200 to 10,000 feet.

♦Tension-leg platforms

Tension-leg platforms are also floating platforms, kept very still as they are tethered to the seabed. They can usually be found in waters between 600 and 4,300 feet.

♦Spar platforms

Much like TLPs, spar platforms are attached to the seabed. This floating oil platform is often used in very deep waters, and logs are used as buoys that are moored in place vertically. Spar production platforms have been developed as an alternative to conventional platforms. The three main types of spars are the classic spar, truss spar, and cell spar.

♦Jack-up drilling rigs

As the name suggests, jack-up drilling rigs use a type of jack mechanism so that the legs can hoist the platform above water. This platform is mobile so can be moved to different places. They are generally used in waters up to 400 feet deep.

♦Drillship

Another type of oil or gas rig is a drillship. These are marine vessels that are specially designed to drill into the sea floor. They are often used for exploratory drilling for oil and gas or for scientific drilling. They can be used in depths of up to 12,000 feet.

♦Floating production systems

Floating production systems are large monohulls which are usually in the shape of a ship. They are moored at a location for long periods of time and used as processing facilities, without actually drilling.

♦Gravity-based structures

Gravity-based structures are unusual in that they are held in place by the force of gravity. They are connected directly to the seabed. When a GBS is constructed for use as an offshore oil platform, it is usually made of steel reinforced concrete.

♦Normally unmanned installations (NUI)

Normally unmanned installations are small platforms, which are generally operated remotely. They are only occasionally visited by people to carry out maintenance etc.

Fish Farms

The safety of employees on fish farms is of course, very important. Unfortunately, it is not unknown for employees to fall into water or to require aid on these sites. Particularly at night, visibility can be low and it is therefore paramount to have a system in place that allows constant surveillance in real-time, as well as the possibility to track and find anyone in danger in order to bring them back to safety.
Depending on the location, theft and poaching can pose a great threat to fish farms. If unprepared, farms can find themselves defenseless against theft which could have severe business repercussions. In the long run, it is certainly preferable to invest in a system that allows you to safe-guard your business against this type of problem.
Even in areas where theft and poaching are not a threat, it is very important for the fish farm operator to monitor nearby traffic. A security perimeter has to be established to prevent vessels getting untangled in the fish farm lines and nets. Recreational fishermen might also be tempted to fish near the farm and might accidentally hook a fish inside the farm causing net damage.

Cameras

As we have mentioned above, the safety of farm employees is one of the main risks involved in fishing. To combat this, System offers several safety features including integration with thermal cameras. These cameras can be controlled directly from the software system and the user can quickly lock-on and track certain targets, such as a man in the water. The advantage of integrating thermal cameras with this system is that objects are clearly visible even in total darkness. People are particularly visible with heat detection cameras.

Alarms

If employees working on the fish farm are fitted with an AIS SART beacon inside the life jacket, the system can automatically trigger an alarm when a man falls in the water.

Not only does system alert the on-site operator, but it also gives the exact position of the incident on the screen and can be configured to automatically point the camera in that direction.
By using this solution, surveillance is made extremely simple and allows for a virtually instantaneous response to dangerous situations.

Fish Farms

The diagram (Fig.1) highlights a typical installation diagram for Fish Farm operation
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Fish Farms Users

The most important fish species used in fish farming are carp, salmon, tilapia and catfish. the system is well-suited to all types of aquaculture that require a monitoring and safety solution.

♦Cage systems

This is a method of placing cages in the water, so that fish are kept in a controlled area. This is commonly used in lakes, ponds or rivers. “Off-shore cultivation” is the term given to cages that are placed in oceans.

♦ Irrigation ditch or pond systems

They require an area of ground that retains water and it is typically lined with bentonite clay. Some of these sites use above-ground irrigation systems while others underground pipes. The fish waste can fertilize adjoining fields.

♦Composite fish culture

It’s a very efficient system in which several different fish species are farmed in the same waters. The types of fish are carefully selected so that they do not compete for the same types of food. For example, bottom feeders are mixed with column and surface feeders. This optimizes the usage of food in the water.

♦Integrated recycling systems

They are located in greenhouses, and when properly tuned, produce more edible protein per square foot than any other. Algae naturally grows, given the greenhouse environment and the fish feed on this.

♦Classic fry farming

Also known as the “flow through system” is a method in which fish eggs are grown until they develop into fingerlings or fry. They are then transported via truck to a stream. This method has been used for years, especially for stocking waters with sport fish.

Ports and Harbors

As vessels are constantly navigating in and around harbors and ports, there is always a risk of collision. Boats may collide as a result of one or both vessels not following the traffic rules, or due to human error. These collisions can be extremely dangerous and costly for each boat involved, and can also cause damage to the harbor infrastructure.

In order to avoid this, it is important to have a traffic monitoring system in place that monitors the position and collision risk of the vessels in the harbor. Taking steps to prevent this will save time and money for your harbor or port in the long-term.

Good berthing facilities are extremely important in harbors as they ensure the safety of boats and people in the area. If boats are not securely tied to the berth, they may come loose and start to drift in the water.

In this case, some type of collision is virtually guaranteed. Again, an accident in the harbor can be costly and dangerous.

In order to maintain a professional, reliable reputation, ports and harbors need to ensure smooth, efficient management. These areas of busy marine traffic must be well-monitored and controlled at all times. This usually requires a monitoring system that will track the movement of all vessels day and night. Apart from helping solidify your reputation for safety, running an efficient harbor or port also significantly reduces costs for your customers. Passengers will expend less on their fare and time spent in the vessel, whereas shippers can minimize their costs in relation to tariffs and vessel storage time. These are huge benefits to your customers and will give your harbor or port a distinct competitive advantage. This makes customers more likely to choose your facility, and more likely to return. Inefficiency in the running of your site will make it difficult to maintain or increase the traffic you receive.
Congestion problems are a constant risk for ports and harbors. If there are delays or any technical problems with the site facilities, it can rapidly lead to a traffic blockage.

Vessels often spend a short amount of time at a port when unloading goods, and expect to be able to depart again quickly. They also expect a berth to be available at their appointed time.

Along the coast, weather conditions can be extreme and volatile. Strong gusts of wind and high waves can disrupt marine traffic and make it much more difficult to keep control of vessels. This means that weather must be anticipated.

Having regular access to weather forecasts is a key factor in preventing accidents or dangerous conditions at the harbor. This helps you to identify dangerous periods ahead and take appropriate precautions for these weather conditions.

Of course, the most important thing for harbors and ports is to ensure the safety of site employees and of ship passengers. The loading and unloading of cargo, combined with the risk of falling into the water can make these sites potentially very hazardous.

To minimize the risks, it is imperative to constantly track and monitor the location of each person. If they encounter danger, it is then possible to come to their aid as quickly as possible.

Closely monitor and track movements in the harbor or port

Each of the above risks can be greatly reduced by installing this VTS system solution. This system allows you to avoid congestion problems with inefficient transport, goods and passengers. It achieves this as a result of its ability to monitor harbor traffic in real time.

By integrating one or two Radars with the Coastal Monitoring solution, you will be able to display the position on-screen of each target within your selected range. ARPA and AIS targets are automatically acquired and will be tracked and displayed on your monitor. The user can configure highly-personalized alarms so that you will be notified immediately in case of dangerous vessel movement.

Customized boundary can also be used to monitor the anchorage area so that you can be immediately notified when a vessel leaves the area.

this VTS system has the big advantage of being an open system, allowing the user to easily link it to other programs that will send an automatic text or email to remotes devices such as a smart phone.
By using this solution, surveillance is made extremely simple and allows for a virtually instantaneous response to dangerous situations.

Ensure safety

In addition to Radar information, the user can integrate thermal Cameras in order to clearly view close-range movement of vessels and people. Day or night, you will be able to clearly distinguish objects and people. This is particularly useful for the safety of passengers or employees at the harbor or port. If someone has an accident, the cameras will allow you see what has happened.

Up to 12 Cameras can be integrated and controlled directly using the cursor or a dedicated Joystick.

Record and replay past events

For administrative purposes, it is very important have a record of events. This is often needed after a collision etc. The optional Record and Replay Module is extremely useful for harbors and ports. This module will allow you to record boat movements, radar images and videos. The integration of up to four VHF radios with this VTS system lets the user record VHF communications and refer to it afterwards. These record and replay functions are absolutely invaluable to harbors and ports.

Track real-time weather and forecast

this VTS system lets the user minimize the risk of unexpected extreme weather conditions thanks to free and unlimited Weather forecast downloads. This weather information can be easily displayed on-screen and overlaid across your navigation chart helping you to take precautions in case of dangerous weather.

It is also possible to integrate wind sensors with this system so that you can view real-time information on your screen as well.

For these reasons, this VTS system is the perfect surveillance solution for harbors and ports.

Port and Harbors

The diagram (Fig.1) illustrates an example of small harbor installation.
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Port and Harbors

Harbors are areas of water along the coast where vessels can be stored or seek shelter from inclement weather. Ports are facilities used for loading and unloading vessels and can be found within harbors.

♦ Inland Ports

♦ Dry Ports

♦ Sea Ports

♦ Ports of Call

♦ Fishing Ports

♦ Warm Water Ports

♦ Cruise Home Ports

Marine Protected Areas

As highlighted above, protected natural parks or areas need to maintain very precise conditions so that the ecosystem is perfectly adapted to the survival of the animals or plant life in the area. Illegal fishing can severely disrupt the eco-system.
Some natural parks are situated along coastal areas and are therefore exposed to the threat of illegal anchoring. As with fishing, the introduction of humans/animals or vehicles can disrupt the natural balance of an area. It is very important to be able to be immediately aware of illegal activity in the park so that it can be stopped as quickly as possible.
A major concern of natural park management is effectively protecting the area’s boundaries. Many of these parks restrict or prohibit the entry of humans, animals and/or vehicles. In this case, it can be difficult and very costly to monitor the perimeters in an effective manner.
While some areas might not be under current restriction, it might be interesting for the park to know what the traffic is (statistics) in order to adjust policy if needed.

Protection against intrusion and illegal activities

It is essential to have a system in place that allows park management to monitor intrusions or prohibited activities such as illegal fisheries or anchoring.

Connect one or multiple Radars to your VTS system so that targets can be easily identified and tracked. It is easy to set up a first type of boundary areas which will allow you to track any ARPA/AIS targets that approach the park perimeters.

A second type of boundary can be setup to guard the restricted and protected area. When a vessel enters this area, an Alarm can be triggered and the trespasser logged and tracked by the system.

When a camera is installed, it can be set to automatically track and zoom in on the target:

VTS system software can also be setup to automatically alert you by sending an email or text message. Even if no-one is physically present, it is still possible to be notified and deal with potential intruders

VTS system offers a range of powerful functions to monitor the park boundaries. Connect multiple Cameras to the system so that you can view the perimeter in real time

Traffic Monitoring

The optional Record and Replay module can be used to record all the traffic in the area (Radar, Targets and Camera). This can be used to identified offender thanks to the camera, but also to establish statistics and monitor the density of traffic in specific areas.

Port and Harbors

The diagram (Fig.1) illustrates an example of a coastal monitoring installation in a small area like a bay, lake or river:

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Marine Protected Areas

System offers the best combination of features and usability for the protection and preservation of natural parks.

♦ Category IA

Category IA nature reserves can be also known as nature preserves, bio-reserves, or just preserves. These areas are dedicated to protecting biodiversity, and sometimes geological features. Scientific research is often carried out in these locations, and human visitation may be strictly controlled, meaning that the area must be closely monitored.

♦ Category IB

Category IB includes wilderness areas that are protected and usually unmodified or only slightly modified in order to retain their natural features. The purpose of these areas is to give current and future generations the chance to experience a truly natural environment. Sometimes indigenous communities live in this type of habitat and their culture and way of life is therefore protected.

♦ Category II

Category II national parks include large natural areas that aim to protect large-scale ecological processes. These areas are often used to preserve the natural ecosystem and the species that live there. They can be used to promote education and recreation.

♦ Category III

Category III includes protected natural monuments or features. These can range from landforms to submarine caverns, caves or ancient groves. These areas are often quite small in size and can be popular destinations for visitors. These monuments and features must be preserved and therefore require monitoring to achieve this.

♦ Category IV

Category IV is a habitat/species management area. This is an area that is dedicated to the protection of certain species and their habitats. These areas must be very closely monitored in order to make sure that the environment is perfectly adapted to the species living there. TZ Coastal Monitoring provides the tools needed to monitor the area.

♦ Category V

Category V protected landscape/seascape. This is an area where humans have interacted with nature leading to the development of an area of distinct character. This is a zone which is often of substantial ecological, biological or cultural importance. It may also be extremely scenic. It is important to monitor these areas in order to protect and sustain their natural features.

♦ Category VI

Category VI protected areas with the sustainable use of natural resources. These areas are usually large and mostly in a natural condition. A part of the region is often under human management with the aim of protecting and developing the natural ecosystem. As with the other types of natural parks mentioned above, Category VI areas often benefit from surveillance in order to prevent any contamination or harmful activity from occurring.

Waterside Facilities

Many of the waterside facilities need to monitor and control the traffic of boats and other vessels in the vicinity. For these establishments, accidents from collision can cause expensive damage to the facility infrastructure. On rivers, loose objects such as barges or loose vessels can be carried by the flow and cause great damage.
Sensitive waterside facilities must be prepared for all possible security threats. Terrorism attacks and theft are two of the most serious threats.

Explosive Motor Bombs (“EMB”s) have been used in the past, and involve explosives loaded onto a boat, which is then sent in the direction of the facility being attacked.

Theft and other criminal acts can also occur, depending on the type of facility. A boat can be used to make a fast getaway by criminals, so the waterside location can make the facility an easy target.
Prevention is better than cure in each of these situations, so businesses should learn about available security solutions and install the one that fits their needs before any incident occurs.
It is an investment that offers peace of mind and can help avoid a costly or dangerous event.

Being beside the water means that there is always a risk of accidents taking place. On land employees may fall into the water by accident, or boat passengers can go overboard. If this happens, it is extremely important to have a rescue strategy in place that will allow you to respond instantly to the situation.

This could save a life and so should be the number one priority. However, a successful rescue requires powerful tools that help you to react effectively which must be installed in advance.

Bad weather conditions can cause poor visibility, dangerously choppy waters and accidents. Vessels may be caught unaware when navigating towards port and experience difficulty in controlling the boat which can easily lead to a man overboard or damage to infrastructure and the boat itself.

Heavy fog often causes poor visibility. This can prevent regular CCTV cameras from clearly viewing and recording events such as accidents. It can also make it impossible to see what exactly triggered an alarm to sound.

Management of vessel traffic and prevention of terrorist activity

Installing the VTS system system will help your waterside facility to simply manage the vessel traffic and berthing in the area. Connect an AIS receiver so that you can view vessel positions, movements and information in real time on the nautical chart. It is also easy to set up customized boundary areas, and alarms, which are essential for avoiding collisions.

Connecting one or multiple Radars

By connecting one or multiple radars to the system, anything on the water within the radar(s) range will be visible on-screen in real time. A radar is mandatory for monitoring loose objects or any vessels that don’t have an AIS transmitter. VTS system can be setup to trigger a very specific alarm when an object or vessel has been detected by the radar without a correlated AIS target indicating a possible threat.

Connecting one or multiple Cameras

VTS system allows you to connect and integrate several type of cameras, so that all areas of your waterside facility can be monitored and viewed at all times. Thermal cameras will allow the operator to see a visible image even in the dark of night.

Waterside Facility

The figure (Fig.1) highlights a typical installation at a waterside facility:

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Waterside Facilities

These are just a few of the functions offered by the system which make the system perfectly-suited to all types of waterside facilities.

♦ Warehouses

♦ Airfields, shore facilities

♦ Passenger and marine container terminal yards

♦ Liquid natural gas (LNG) facilities

♦ Piers

♦ Wharves

♦ Docks (graving dock, dry dock)

♦ Jetties

♦ Fleet moorings

♦ Moles

♦ Breakwaters

♦ Seawalls

♦ Buildings for shops, offices, conferences and hotels, and other structures adjacent to water

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