The General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SC Zone) has selected Vissim AS of Norway to supply, install and commission a new Vessel Traffic Management System, a separate Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Vissim’s Port Management application for the Egyptian Port of Sokhna. The SC Zone is a world-class free zone and trade hub along the banks of the newly-expanded Suez Canal. It is strategically located on the main trade route between Europe and Asia where more than eight percent of global trade passes through, every year. The Port of Sokhna is increasing in capacity and the new Vessel Traffic- and Port Management will be a strategically important part of its day to day operations helping ensure navigational safety and port efficiency at all times.
Per Arne Henaes (CEO of Vissim AS) who met with the Chairman of the SC Zone for the contract signing on 4th March 2019 said “Vissim is extremely pleased to have been awarded this contract by the SC Zone and we look forward to working closely with the Port of Sokhna to successfully deliver this important system. Vissim has successfully supplied other VTMS and AIS systems in Egypt and we look forward to continuing the excellent partnerships that we have established in the country.”
Vice Admiral \ Mohab Mameesh, the Chairman of the SC Zone said “We are pleased to award this contract to Vissim AS of Norway as their offer met all of our requirements and offered the best value. We also believe that the experience of the company in Egypt will ensure that we have a successful delivery programme.”
Vissim AS is a Norwegian company with offices in Norway, Slovakia and Russia. It is a successful supplier of integrated Vessel Traffic Management Systems having delivered systems to customers in more than 25 countries.
The General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone is the governmental body established for the management of the Suez Canal Economic Zone as well as six ports including the Port of Sokhna.
Royal Dirkzwager has begun remote monitoring of the 730 MW Borselle III and IV construction site from their operations centre in Maassluis. Vissim technologies support a centralised multi-tenant monitoring system that enables service companies to provide marine coordination services quickly and efficiently for multiple clients. In addition to dedicated project service marine coordination services projects, applications can include early-stage projects, night-time handover and remote asset monitoring services.
Nicholas Dent, who heads up Vissim’s Offshore Wind practice, remarks that Vissim is delighted to support another Offshore Wind project in the Netherlands. He adds “The recent market focus on the digitalization of offshore operations is exciting. Building on our 15 year history of digitalizing marine operations, Vissim has developed a fantastic suite of digital tools to optimize operational workflows – but we do notice that this market focus has sometimes clouded the importance of rock-solid tracking and communication technologies to underpin operational safety and efficiency.”
Paul Wieland, Director at Royal Dirkswager, explains how Vissim helps his business to deliver safer seas: “We developed our Remote Offshore Asset Management (ROAM) model with Vissim AS, having delivering Vissim marine coordination and communication systems on previous offshore wind projects. Vissim systems scale to support multiple surveillance areas from a centralised control room environment. The combination of Vissim AS for state of the art VTMS technology with Royal Dirkzwager’s cost efficient 24/7 remote asset monitoring services provides integrated energy companies with unrivalled monitoring and collision prevention capabilities.”
Vissim has been awarded a long-term framework contract for the software maintenance, support, and development of BP’s Marine Asset Protection System (MAPS). MAPS uses Vissim software to provide real time radar and AIS monitoring as well as VHF voice communication and logistics support to all of BP’s offshore operations and assets in Azerbaijan. This includes BP’s supply vessel fleet. MAPS Operations are monitored from an onshore control room in Baku as well from offshore platforms allowing BP operational flexibility as well system redundancy. The contract award builds on the successful delivery of MAPS which Vissim was awarded in 2013.
Vissim is extremely pleased to provide continued support to MAPS , says Per Arne Henæs, CEO of Vissim. MAPS highlights the business case for digitization of remote real time data in order to optimize offshore operations and reduce costs to oil and gas operators. By further leveraging the products Vissim is currently developing we believe further operational efficiencies can be realized by BP. We look forward to managing both system support as well as any growth or development needs BP may require during the contract.
Equinor and Vissim have reached a global frame agreement to deploy Vissim’s solution for surveillance of the ocean space surrounding all Equinor- and several 3rd party operated assets on the UK- and Norwegian Continental Shelves. The new system, which will act as one of Equinor’s systems for their strategic move towards digitalization, will incorporate the benefits of machine learning and enable surveillance of vessel traffic (VTMS), air traffic, subsea structures, environment and real time weather situation and forecasts. Conceived to incorporate both traditional- and offshore wind assets, the resulting system is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The contract is for 6 years and has a minimum value of 100 MNOK.
Vissim has been pioneering the digitalization of vessel traffic surveillance since 1996. The system has grown organically and today comprises of more than 100 offshore radars, AIS and VHF sensors/base stations powered by an advanced data platform, operation is coordinated between the central control center and more than 50 distributed offshore energy assets.
Today Equinor run one of the world’s largest privately-owned sea surveillance systems. The new system will cover a distance from satellites to more than 1000 meters below the sea surface, across the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and the British sector of the North Sea, says Philippe F. Mathieu, SVP of Joint Operations Support in Equinor.
The contracted solution is designed for big data analytics and is able to analyze traffic situations in real time. It is designed for the purpose of collaboration cross- system, cross- discipline and where data easily can be shared with other systems onshore, offshore or onboard vessels.
When delivered, the Equinor system will give operators an almost complete overview of the ocean space. Vessel- and helicopter movements integrated with weather forecast, oil spill surveillance and integrated radio communication will enable Equinor to provide surveillance services and maximize marine operational performance and logistics.
– We are very pleased that Equinor has chosen to continue its long standing cooperation with Vissim and we are looking forward to being part of Equinor’s future developments. This contract award underlines the value of using remote real time data, from radar and other sources combined, onshore in order to save significant operational cost, says Per Arne Henæs, CEO of Vissim.
Due to its minimal weight and volume, Vissim’s ATEX radar and ATEX VSAT products was chosen for Equinor’s Njord field in the North Sea. The system integration project successfully passed FAT conducted at Vissim’s premises in Slovakia.
Vissim’s ATEX solutions uses standard components for radar and VSAT which are installed in a pressurized domes, thus providing an explosion safe environment around the equipment. The VSAT dome was Vissim’s first VSAT delivery and compliments Vissim’s existing range of dome products for solid state and magnetron radars of various antenna sizes.
Vissim, provider of marine coordination and communication systems to 25 offshore windfarms, is continuing its push into the digitalisation of marine operations with the roll-out of Offshore Energy Manager.
Bailey Bradley, Operations Director at Lynn and Inner Dowsing, shared his thoughts.
„We’ve been using Vissim’s reliable and dependable people tracking, communication and surveillance systems at LID for seven years. Offshore Energy Manager (OSEM) takes us forward in a huge, but well managed leap, setting us up well for our ongoing and future operational needs – so much so that we’ve committed to a long, multiyear contract, with the clear intention to continue our excellent relationship, hopefully for the life of the asset.“
The tangible benefits of Offshore Energy Manager are already making themselves apparent. According to Bradley
„With OSEM we have been able to streamline the induction process, monitoring, reporting and planning of some offshore operations – sharing the software platform with our contractors, but retaining the required level of control.”
Nick Dent, Managing Director of Vissim’s Offshore Wind business commented
„XCECO have embraced the collaborative capabilities of OSEM. It’s great to see clients who have helped us to shape new system functionality benefit from their input. We’re determined to continue to innovate, to listen, and to realise the opportunities of digitalisation in the field of offshore energy marine operations.“
Vissim AS has been awarded a contract to deliver its latest generation Vessel Traffic Management System to Aker Solutions for the Maersk Inspirer rig. The system integration contract includes Vissim’s Oil Spill Detection, using the smart radar concept, and integrated CCTV Module. The light weight ATEX radar dome enables a cost efficient radar solution in EX zone 1.
The integration of radar, voice communications, and vessel tracking sensors provides rig operators a seamless anti-collision, safety, and communication system. Vissim’s Oil Spill Detection module will further supplement operators environmental and situational awareness around the rig. Vissim’s proprietary software will leverage a combination of radar video and thermal camera imagery to allow operators to detect, track, and monitor any potential oil spills or leakage. Thermal cameras can similarly track vessels or targets whose position is provided by other sensor feeds. All of Vissim systems are designed to exceed relevant Norwegian and International standards for offshore oil and gas operations.
Equinor has awarded Vissim AS a contract for a sea surveillance system to be installed on the Johan Castberg FPSO.
The contract includes ATEX certified radar domes and software for sea surveillance and radio communications around the FPSO.
‘’This contract reflects Vissim’s strong market position on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) as well as the good collaboration Vissim has had with Equinor in previous projects in the North Sea. We look forward to leveraging our experience and expertise in delivering the Johan Castberg project’’ says CEO of Vissim, Per Arne Henæs.
Vissim will deliver and integrate Radar, AIS, and VHF systems which will further be integrated into Equinor’s marine surveillance center in Bergen. This center provides similar surveillance for all Equinor assets on the NCS.
The project will be delivered from Vissim’s offices in Norway and Slovakia in 2018.
Regional route Sharing made possible in Baltic Sea using Vissim System and EfficienSea2 Project
Maritime digitalization carried out in the European project EfficienSea2 has enabled effective route sharing between different VTS systems in the Baltic Sea. It has the potential to drastically cut the reporting effort for the ship’s crew, while offering authorities a better ability to ensure safe traffic at sea.
Vissim has today become an Associated Partner in the STM Validation Project. Vissim acknowledges the STM project as a natural extension of the EfficienSea2 project, where Vissim has delivered a successful pilot for enabling of effective route sharing between different VTS systems in the Baltic. This pilot has proved the technology which potentially can drastically cut reporting for the ship’s crew, while offering authorities better ability of ensuring safe traffic at sea.
Vissim recognizes the STM project as an important research arena for the continued development of the Vissim solutions and looks forward to new challenges.
More about STM project: http://stmvalidation.eu/about-stm