Port of Antwerp invests in digitalisation of radar infrastructure

Port of Antwerp invests in digitalisation of radar infrastructure

Collaboration with Securitas

Radar infrastructure plays an important role in the guidance of shipping traffic. As part of this, a framework contract was recently awarded to Securitas to fully digitalise and further expand this infrastructure.

Because of its location in the hinterland and the associated complex calls, the nautical chain operation is of crucial importance for smooth traffic in the port of Antwerp. In recent years, significant investments have been made in the digital interconnection of the chain partners, including more and better data exchange. At the port itself, Port of Antwerp began rolling out vessel traffic management in 2021, with the aim of upgrading the guidance of shipping traffic behind the locks. In that context, a milestone was reached recently with the award of a framework agreement to digitalise and further expand the entire radar infrastructure.

19 radars

The 12 current analogue radars will be gradually replaced and, in addition, seven radar set-up points will be added. An IALA-compliant (International Association of Lighthouse Authorities) Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) is the final objective to be rolled out by the first quarter of 2022 and will have three sectors. The introduction of VTS is in full swing.

Innovation platform

The digitalisation of this radar infrastructure will further support and accelerate efforts on other innovation projects. This will simplify the connection with the digital twin APICA (Advanced Port Information and Communication Assistant). This digital twin allows various real-time data to be brought together and, via data science, translated into actionable information for a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders. Ultimately, this allows for evolving from situational awareness about the port to predictive and steering behaviour. The connecgtion to detailed radar data is an important building block in this.

Following a European tendering procedure, the framework agreement was awarded to the integrator Securitas, which will use products from the Italian radar manufacturer ICS.

Port alderman Annick De Ridder: "Our ambition is to become a world port of the future where innovation and digitalisation are key. This new radar infrastructure will help us manage our port more efficiently and is an important step towards even safer and smoother traffic."  
BU Technology Director Aviation & Maritime Patrick Delanghe : "Securitas helps to make the world a safer place. We provide security services for the mainland as well as for the sea and inland waterways. We are therefore very pleased to be able to support a world reference such as Port of Antwerp with the integration of a VTS."

About Securitas

Securitas is a global leader in guarding and security expertise. Securitas combines people, technology and knowledge to deliver efficient security solutions tailored to customers' needs. More than 355,000 employees make a difference in the residential sector, SMEs, large corporations and the public sector. In Belgium, Securitas has more than 6,600 employees.

More info about Securitas: www.securitas.be
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About Port of Antwerp

As Europe's second-largest port, the Port of Antwerp is a major lifeline for the Belgian economy: more than 300 line services to over 800 destinations ensure global connectivity. The Port of Antwerp annually handles around 240 million tonnes of international maritime freight, and is home to Europe's largest integrated chemical cluster. The Port of Antwerp accounts, directly and indirectly, for a total of around 143.000 jobs and more than €20 billion added value.  

True to its mission 'a home port vital for a sustainable future’, Antwerp Port Authority aims to flexibly respond to a rapidly evolving maritime market, allowing the port to continue playing its role as a leading world port. The emphasis in this respect is on cooperation, adaptability, a strong focus on innovation and digitisation, and on sustainable added value, as well as on responsibility towards society. 

Antwerp Port Authority is a limited liability company of public law, with the City of Antwerp as sole shareholder. It employs over 1.600 people. Port alderman Annick De Ridder is chairman of the Board of Directors and Jacques Vandermeiren is CEO and President of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for the day-to-day management. www.portofantwerp.com  

The telephone number +32 492 15 41 39 is only for press inquiries. For other questions you can mail to communicatie@portofantwerp.com

Port of Antwerp
Havenhuis
Zaha Hadidplein 1
2030 Antwerp
Belgium