Kongsberg Norcontrol IT has been contracted to supply core technologies for the Algerian national vessel traffic management and information system (VTIMS).
The complete Algerian national VTIMS will be delivered by a consortium comprised of Ericsson, Indjaz, Korea Trading and Industries Co and Kongsberg.
Under the contract, Kongsberg will provide core maritime surveillance, voice communications, port management and port community technologies.
A command and control structure will be set up, comprising 11 local ports, regional control centres and a national control centre, in order to provide surveillance across the full length of the Algerian coastline.
Ericsson will deliver the port security system, which will include video surveillance with access control, intrusion detection, perimeter protection, passengers and goods control.
As part of the contract, Korea Trading and Industries will provide a training programme with support from all members of the consortium, as well as specialised training institutions.
The VTIMS will be designed to keep track of vessels and facilitate movements by providing early warnings of possible collisions and groundings, thus improving the safety and security of maritime traffic to, from and within Algerian ports.
Apart from enhancing efficiency and cooperation between government agencies and maritime companies, the system offers improved capabilities for search and rescue services, and facilitates economic growth.
Additionally, the system enables integration of maritime transportation of goods and passengers through Algerian ports, in compliance with international maritime traffic and security regulations, such as IALA, IMO and ISPS.
Image: Kongsberg to provide core technologies for the Algerian national vessel traffic management and information system. Photo: courtesy of Konsberg.