Leonardo Commissions Second Maritime Navigation Support Centre in Turkey

23 Ocak 2019
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The second Maritime Navigation Support Centre to be inaugurated by Leonardo in Turkey was commissioned on November 22 with a ceremony held in Izmir. The opening ceremony for the centre was attended by Binali Yıldırım, Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) and Mehmet Cahit Turan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

The system will enable officials to track more effectively maritime traffic in the seas surrounding Turkey, based on a core that consists of a Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) developed by Leonardo. Allowing large areas of coast and maritime borders to be surveyed, the system also permits the monitoring of environmental effects at sea, and provides support to search and rescue efforts when needed. Based on the principle of fusion, the system combines data that is relevant to maritime traffic garnered from multiple sources, such as radars, electro-optic sensors, meteorological systems and information-sharing networks, thereby facilitating the task of decision-makers. The solutions comprises two main components, whose functions are as follows:

  • Regional Vessel Traffic Services System (RVTSS): The system will assist in the monitoring of the intense maritime traffic in the gulfs of Izmit, İzmir and Mersin.
  • Vessel Traffic Management Centre (VTMC): Situated in Ankara, the system lays out an integrated and broader-scale picture of maritime traffic.

In recent years, Leonardo has installed similar systems in many countries other than Turkey, including Italy, Poland and Serbia. In its broadest perspective application, the system can cover and monitor coastal stretches measuring more than 7,000 kilometres.

Leonardo installed the first VTMS system in Turkey on November 2016 in the city of Izmit.

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