Bahrain's GOP to manage vessel traffic system
The General Organisation of Sea Ports (GOP) today announced a new initiative to control and supervise the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) at the Khalifa Bin Salman Port’s (KBSP) harbour control tower.
As part of the new initiative the GOP will direct and supervise the operation of the VTMS centre to secure coastal surveillance and maintain sovereignty in Bahrain’s surrounding territorial waters.
Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) is a cutting-edge technology installed at the KBSP which helps to improve safety of vessel traffic, provide information regarding traffic situations during bad weather, regulate maritime traffic flow, improve planning of berth, and track violation of navigational rules inside the controlled area.
Commenting on the announcement, the chairman of GOP, Shaikh Daij bin Salman Al Khalifa, said: “GOP’s supervision of the VTMS will play a vital role in ensuring continuous surveillance of the territorial waters, compliance of safe navigation regulations and protection of the Kingdom’s marine environment.“
”Maintaining Bahrain’s sovereignty in its surrounding territorial waters, the high performance navigation system will further help us track live ship positions, closely monitor vessel traffic movement in the anchorage area and on the main route to KBSP, and regulate maritime traffic flow entering and leaving Bahrain’s ports,“ he added.
As part of its strategic plan, GOP aims to build a complete team of VTMS professionals by providing training for existing staff and recruiting new professionals in order to take complete control and run the VTM System at KBSP.