A new vessel traffic management system (VTMS) has been developed for ‘straight out the box’ use by UK port and harbour authorities costing just £30,000.
Marlan Maritime Technologies, a maritime systems developer based in Liverpool, UK, has designed the IRIS ONEbox to allow ports of all levels to have access to the right tools for enhancing safety, security and risk mitigation capabilities.
The system includes a radar, camera, AIS, VTMS software, professional charts and an operator workstation.
IRIS ONEbox is based on Marlan’s successful IRIS Traffic Manager VTS system, which has been installed in ports, harbours and maritime surveillance applications within the UK by its in house technical team and internationally through a network of overseas representatives.
Alex Sinclair, Managing Director of Marlan, said: “We’ve been selling similar systems to this for a long-time and realised that a significant amount of cost is attributable to the semi-bespoke nature of VTMS projects.
“Through market research and ongoing discussions with our customers, we have identified a gap in the market for a feature rich, cost effective turnkey VTMS solution that gives peace of mind to small and medium sized ports and harbours, hence our IRIS ONEbox solution.
“We’ve worked with many ports and harbours in the UK and with this launch look forward to making our products accessible to those who previously thought that VTMS was too expensive.”