Freighter Berthing for the Future
Dr Kutz Arrieta
Port operations involve a considerable amount of time-consuming tasks and safety gaps. Information and notifications can be stored, connected through networks and synchronised in real time through well-known technologies. Needless to say, there are many different industry applications that can be developed for this side of the issue. As far as positioning is concerned, with GNSS positioning technology (Galileo and EGNOS) we will be able to pinpoint locations precisely, as well as determine the physical characteristics of incoming ships, the port, the docks and ships docked or in motion – all in 3D. 3D imaging and triangulation through Galileo can also automate crane operations during loading and/or unloading. FBF will also facilitate simulations that support training and planning.
With Galileo, there will be four different navigation services available:
- The Open Service (OS)
- The encrypted Commercial Service (CS)
- The encrypted Public Regulated Service (PRS) and Safety of Life Service (SoL)
In addition, Galileo satellites will be able to detect and report signals from Cospas-Sarsat search-and-rescue beacons in the 406.0-406.1 MHz band, which makes them a part of the Global Maritime Distress Safety System.
Facilitating, securing, optimising and standardising port operations has immediate consequences for the industry surrounding the ports. Therefore, as much as the immediate target market is ports and traders, secondary target markets would almost certainly follow.
- Increased safety margin
- Optimisation of maritime activites
- Interoperability with EU seaway directives
- Real-time monitoring & control
- Identification of primary ship characteristics
- Inclusion of variables into port operations
- Trade-oriented product – cargo & passengers
- International network coordination