The Norwegian Coastal Administration will soon introduce a new digital decision support tool based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms that provides more automated monitoring of ship traffic. The tool gives VTS centres a better basis for earlier detection of unwanted and critical traffic situations.
“We have seen how ocean and coastal traffic monitoring has changed for the better in step with new and more advanced technology. The new tool will be another supplement to our monitoring efforts, and lead to improved situational awareness in Norwegian waters,” says Ståle Sveinungsen, VTS Manager at Vardø VTS.
Provides decision support
“The tool will assist our VTS service with earlier detection of minor deviations that are difficult to detect by the human eye. We hope to shorten our response time for initiating preventive measures, thereby reducing the risk of serious incidents occurring,” says Jon Leon Ervik, Head of the department for Navigation Technology and Pilotage Management at the Norwegian Coastal Administration.
Calculates the risk of deviations
- The Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) is an internationally regulated service that aims to improve maritime safety and protect the environment in the coastal zone. In Norway, the VTS service is operated by the Norwegian Coastal Administration.
- The Norwegian Coastal Administration has four VTS centres in southern Norway that monitor and organize ship traffic in defined risk areas in inland waters. A fifth VTS, Vardø VTS, monitors high-risk traffic along the entire Norwegian coast and in the sea areas around Svalbard.
- The VTS centres provide information services, navigation assistance and traffic organization using a number of monitoring and communication systems such as radar, land and satellite-based AIS, VHF communications, meteorological sensors and video surveillance.
- In 2020, the coastal VTS service in southern Norway registered around 390,000 ship movements in their VTS areas.
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