Transas VTS subsea surveillance solution for Icelandic Telecommunication Company

A huge submarine cable integrated with the transatlantic submarine communication line between Europe and Northern America connects Iceland with the rest of the Globe. This cable has been damaged several times because of incorrect fishing and anchoring operations, consequently causing very expensive repair works often running into millions of US dollars. 

The Icelandic segment of the cable wasn’t very long (about 35 nautical miles), but was at high risk of damage because it passes through the main fishing area around Vestmanneyjar. Thus supervision of the submarine cable area to prevent its damage by fishing trails was needed. The long search for the solution resulted in a Transas VTS system being acquired. The installed system structure is a standard Navi-Harbour VTS, including one VTS radar processor connected to a BridgeMaster-E radar and one remote Operator station with all system controls and data display.

The Vestmanneyjar VTS system is set up for fully automated performance. Special adjustments allow an operator on watch at the Coastal Radio Station to be notified when a vessel, being automatically tracked by radar processing, is going to cross the cable area.

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