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UK’s largest port awards contract for cutting edge VTS system

The Port of London Authority is pleased to announce that, following a thorough tendering process, it has signed a contract with Kongsberg Norcontrol Ltd to replace its Vessel Traffic Services equipment.

Robin Mortimer, representative of Kongsberg
  • Contract will deliver a future-proofed Port Control Centre
  • Kongsberg Norcontrol Ltd is the UK arm of Kongsberg Norcontrol AS

This is a key part of its Thames Vision 2050’s Marine Centre Transformation Programme which will deliver a future-proofed Port Control Centre, with the right technology and resilience to support the next quarter century of growth at the UK's largest port.

The PLA’s Vessel Traffic Services are essential to providing operators with information and responding to developing traffic situations along the tidal Thames, to improve the safety and efficiency of navigation, as well as to protect the marine environment.

PLA’s Director of Marine Operations, Steven Clapperton, said:

“This is a multi-million-pound scheme and will provide London VTS with state-of-the-art equipment, enhancing and improving our operational performance. All delivered into a brand new operations centre ready to accommodate the expected growth of trade on the river, which is set to rise from 55 million tonnes per year to 78 million tonnes by 2050.”

PLA’s Head of IT, Anthony Fletcher, added:

“The technology within the Kongsberg system is tried and tested whilst remaining at the forefront of industry capabilities. KNC is a global market leader and the long-term partnership and support arrangements that will follow this installation put us in good stead for many years to come.”

KNC Ltd’s Sales Manager, Mike Sheard, said:

“It has been a pleasure getting to know the PLA and especially their Vision for the Thames in 2050. This PLA vision aligns with our funded Research & Development roadmap in terms of helping our customers and protecting the environment. I’m particularly excited because the contract includes an extensive Managed service support package ensuring the PLA will benefit from our forthcoming innovations including autonomy.”

The PLA’s Marine Centre Transformation Programme is a multi-million pound and multi-disciplined scheme to transform London VTS operations. The scheme is due to complete in 2026.

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