Spanish consulting and technology company Indra has installed a Vessel Traffic Management Information System (VTMIS) at Vitoria port in Brazi, which is expected to improve vessel safety and operations at the port.
The installation project is a part of Brazil's wider Port System Modernisation Plan that has been endorsed by the Secretariat of Ports of the Presidency of the Republic (SEP / PR).
Indra will also modernise Brazil's Santos port as part of the arrangement, which one of the largest ports in the world.
Indra's VTMIS solution is based on its iMARE system that ensures greater safety for vessels during their movement within the waters of the port of Vitoria.
The technology is claimed to facilitate easier mooring management, thereby increasing the port's capacity and maintaining greater efficiency when coordinating maritime operations.
The installation of the solution is also expected to improve Vitoria’s income, as major shipping carriers will now be able to dock at the port.
Indra Transport Operations and Defense Brazil director Cristiano Alves said: "Securing precise supervision over traffic increases the rotation of the entry of cargo ships into Vitoria's port harbour, which translates to swifter mooring intervals and the resulting increase of vessel traffic in the channel."
The system is capable of collecting all information sent by radars, cameras, buoys, weather stations and automatic vessel identification systems, enabling operators to identify the vessel's exact position on a digital map, while accessing associated data related to cargo, route and origin.
It also procures real-time information relating to sea conditions and can communicate with the ship's bridge to ensure smooth entries or exits.
Indra noted that VTMIS can send information to the port's single window, facilitating the digital management of all administrative processing necessary for mooring and managing cargo.
Vitoria port is the first port in Brazil to install the VTMIS solution.
Image: Indra Headquarters. Photo: courtesy of Indra.