New PIMS will focus on enabling lines calling at Tanger Med to optimise vessel calls and use standardised master and event data.
The partnership builds on an earlier deployment of the PortLink Port Management Information System (PMIS) in Morocco. PortLink is a Vancouver-based company that has implemented its PMIS at several ports around the globe. Wärtsilä and Tanger Med have now announced that they are “co-developing a new cutting-edge Port Management Information System (PMIS)” in partnership with PortLink.
The new PMIS is focused on addressing the need for carriers calling at Tanger Med Port Complex to optimise their vessel calls and to use standardised master and event data. "Tanger Med is strongly committed in the International Taskforce PCO (Port Call Optimisation), which is bringing together several international ports including Port of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg and Los Angeles to harmonise and optimise procedures for the management of maritime calls," Tanger Med noted.
The joint initiative includes the delivery and installation of a Wärtsilä Navi-Harbour VTS System comprising PortLink Port Management Information System, IALA Advanced Coastal Surveillance Radars, VHF Radio Sub-System, Automatic Identification System, Operator Workstation, Network Systems, Ancillary Equipment and a five-year service and support contract.
Tanger Med is on a digitalisation drive, including developing its Port Community System, which offers a range of port call optimisation tools. “This project takes the upgrades a further notch up with not only the new Wärtsilä Navi-Harbour VTS System, but through the installation of Wärtsilä Navi-Port, which enables Just-in-Time (JIT) arrival. JIT reduces the need for vessels to wait at anchorage, bringing down congestion and the risk of collisions, also lessening GHG and carbon emissions. Plus, the new PMIS digitalises the entire port-call process, reducing chances of human error and increasing efficiencies,” the companies stated.
“Tanger Med is taking another step by teaming up with Wärtsilä to develop its new PMIS, said Ridouan Boulaich IT Director, Tanger Med. “This partnership aims to support the port’s current efforts to become a leading smart port equipped with the latest technologies to improve operational efficiency, and further enhance organisation of ships calls and nautical services, which will be essential as port traffic increases.”
“It is a ground-breaking project from a technology perspective”, said Bruce Mills, Business Development STC, Wärtsilä Voyage. “Tanger Med Port has planned for a full and comprehensive smart port upgrade that includes not only an extensive range of our existing Ship Traffic Control products but also new solutions that will enter the market later in 2021, such as Wärtsilä Navi-Port and AIM (Advanced Intelligent Manoeuvring).
‘PortLink is an integral player in this project. As a leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art Port Management Information Systems (PMIS), their solution is a modular application designed to facilitate the planning and management of port operations. It allows users and stakeholders in the port community to exchange information in a timely manner, eliminate redundant data entry and automate workflows. In PortLink, we have the perfect partner to help bring these ambitions to fruition”, concluded Mills.
Wärtsilä Voyage will handle all the services linked to the project, including design, delivery, testing, operations and technical training. The installation is to be completed within 12 months.