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Vessel traffic management & information system

MARITIMECONTROL™ VTMIS – Vessel traffic management & information system

The MARITIMECONTROL™ VTMIS is a proven solution for Vessel traffic management & information system Services for a wide range of systems. Easily scalable from single radar, single display solutions to multiple traffic centres with extensive radar and AIS networks at national levels.

Managing ports means managing a complex logistical chain of processes such as ship movements, cargo handling and land and water infrastructure operation. The business success of the port and its stakeholders relies to a large extent on reliable, safe and efficient traffic management in the port and in its approach areas.

The MARITIMECONTROL VTMIS is Saab’s proven solution for a safe, efficient and secure flow of traffic in ports, waterways and coastal regions. It provides authorities with the means to guide, assist and manage all shipping within their areas of interest.
MARITIMECONTROL VTMIS is full featured. High availability redundant configurations, integrated recording & replay, training simulator and unparalleled target tracking make MARITIMECONTROL VTMIS the most complete system on the market. Saab is an active member of IALA and ensures that the MARITIMECONTROL VTMIS VTS system is compliant with the latest IALA recommendations.

Over three decades in development, MARITIMECONTROL VTMIS supports 5 of the top 11 highest volume container ports in the world, have over 70 traffic centres in operation, and at any given moment our systems keep track of over 50 000 vessels.

Main ports, including the ports of Hong Kong, Ningbo and Rotterdam, as well as along the Scheldt river and Europe’s most busy inland waterway Waal, can attest to the value of MARITIMECONTROL VTMIS proven reliability.


The purpose of VTS is to improve the maritime safety and efficiency of navigation, safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment and the adjacent shore area, work sites and offshore installations from possible adverse effects of maritime traffic.

Additionally VTS may play a role in security. Each harbor, port or coastal waterway is inherently different and the requirements for safe and effecient navigation vary considerably. The standard MARITIMECONTROL VTMIS is a proven system that is a rock solid foundation for any VTS.

MARITIMECONTROL VTMIS is used in inland, port and coastal environments and any combination thereof. It is highly scalable and has a modular design. The system is always ready to meet new needs.

Full range of functionality: multi-sensor target tracking, decision support, routing, traffic analysis, incident investigation and built in management information system (MIS).

Ergonomic user interface: display of Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs), integrated Electro-Optical Sensor (EOS) display and control, integrated hydro/meteo display and web access.

Support for sectorisation: alert filtering according to relevant sector, multiple traffic centres can be linked and use each other’s data.

Synchronous recording and replay of: traffic image, voice communications, operator actions, sensor data (radar, AIS, meteo, etc.).

Full range of interfaces: AIS, IVEF, NMEA

Technical specifications

To maximize the port’s efficiency, the turn-around time of a ship’s visit must be minimized, even in high density traffic situations during night time or in adverse weather conditions. MARITIMECONTROL™ is an essential tool for operators to plan traffic and safely guide ships to their scheduled berths, making it possible to consider everything from ship’s characteristics, weather conditions, sea state, and under-keel clearance. At the berth, the cargo is unloaded and loaded after which the ship is guided back to sea in the same controlled way.

General characteristics

  • Multiple VTS centre capability
  • VTS Simulator with identical functionality as operational system
  • Multi-role working positions
  • Remote sites
  • Exceptional target tracking

Working position

  • Multiple screen support
  • Roles: VTS Operator, Supervisor, Replay, Analysis, Remote, Maintenance


Standards compliance

24/7 Support

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