Brisbane-based company Australian Maritime System Group (AMSG) will implement world-leading port vessel traffic technology to Fiji after being awarded the first contract of its kind by Fiji Ports Corporation (FPC).

The vessel traffic service (VTS), a first for the country’s maritime industry, will allow FPC to communicate with ships and manage traffic in the Port of Suva, Fiji’s largest and busiest port.

AMSG will install and maintain a turnkey VTS with full training and knowledge transfer provided, with the system estimated to be live by August 2020.

AMSG CEO Richard Morton said the company had a long history of delivering maritime projects in the Pacific Islands and that it was important for Australian firms to be fostering strong ties with our regional neighbours.

“Our partnership with FPCL is the product of a 10-year collaboration and shows just how forward-thinking FPC’s approach is to improve the efficiency of their port operations,” Mr Morton said.

“Not only is this a strong endorsement of AMSG’s capability integrating world-leading technology and record, it’s also a huge vote of confidence in the future of Fiji that will deliver safety, operational and economic benefits.

“Having world-class vessel traffic services will produce financial knock-on effects with an increase in trading with and investment in Fiji.”

Fiji Ports CEO Vajira Piyasena said the project was “critical” to Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd.

“As far as we know this is the first installation of smart port technology in the region,” Mr Piyasena said.

“Being a smart port is embedded in our organisation’s strategic perspectives of ‘safety, security and technology’. We expect this project to improve the control of vessels and enhance our monitoring capabilities.”

Mr Piyasena said AMS Group’s experience and expertise made them the ideal partner for the project.

“AMS Group has a strong background in implementing and supporting similar projects and it is viewed as an ideal partner to transfer technology and knowledge in this space,” he said.

Comparable to an airport’s ground traffic control system, AMSG’s VTS systems have been designed with world-leading software developer Saab technology BV Netherlands and partner sensor manufacturers. They provide multi-sensor target tracking, decision support, routing, traffic analysis, incident investigation and information management.

With a head office in Brisbane and satellite offices in Cairns, Fremantle, Newcastle, Melbourne and Hobart, AMSG has a geographically diverse and highly skilled workforce that installs and maintains maritime systems along the Australian coastline.

As a globally recognised leader, the group has also completed extensive and challenging overseas contracts for marine agencies in Canada, Turkey, Malaysia, Galapagos, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

 

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