Ports and Traffic Management Solutions

Case Study: Turkmenistan-bashi VTS

Wärtsilä Voyage’s feat was to ensure year-round uninterrupted monitoring, identification and classification of all the detected targets in the largest port (3600 meters long) on the Turkmenistan coastline, linking Central Asia to Europe.


The port serves as a "sea gate", linking Central Asia to Europe by sea and serves as a major transit hub in the region. Due to its recent reconstruction, there is a need to implement Vessels Traffic Service and Terminal Operational System from scratch.

Complicated political situation, logistics and paperwork; special services for underwater works and buoys locations planning, installation, maintenance.


The suggested solutions include: a coastal site, offshore wave measurement station, 5 navigational buoys and a Control center, equipped with sensors, communication and IT equipment. The Control center houses a dual redundant radar with 21’ antenna, redundant AIS Base station, long & short-range CCTV cameras, 4 VHF/DSC base stations, VHF AM transceiver, weather station, MF/HF DSC receiver, MF/HF voice transceiver, Inmarsat-C system. The Wave station measures the direction, height, as well as the frequency (period) of the waves.

  • VTS & TOS control center
  • Separate Search and Rescue station;
  • 2 operator workplace including 2 traffic monitors, CCTV monitors, Radio management system;
  • Separate meteo and hydrological station;
  • Video wall with 3D visualization.

Terminal Operations System includes TOS SW Modules, i.e. Vessel Call Management, Agent & Customer services, Pilot & Tug operations, Managing commercial activities, Container Freight Station Operations, 3D Dock and Yard planning, Customs Operations, Gate in / Gate out operations, Warehouse operations, Job orders integrated with terminal handling equipment and devices, Cargo / Container / RORO Handling Operations. The systems support an integration with 3rd party software (such as accounting, EDI, RTLS, RMG, RTG, SSG, ISPS etc.)


In order to assist VTS operators during the low visibility conditions, Wärtsilä has implemented an integrated 3D VTS module with online 3D visualization. Apart from that, Wärtsilä has launched three methods to improve the port’s efficiency.

First, the method for regulating the freight traffic based on the dynamic tidal data.

Second, the VTS risk assessment management system was introduced. Operating in a real-time mode, it would provide the operator with structured graphical information.

Third, the Port Management Information System and vessel traffic data were integrated, making it possible to significantly optimise the port navigational plan and minimise the operational time of vessels.

In December 2015, Wärtsilä successfully passed the Provisional System Acceptance Tests (SAT) for the Tianjin port; the commissioning of the Tianjin’s VTS was completed in Dec 2016.

As a result, the total area covered by Wärtsilä VTS by Transas in Tianjin reached 460 square kilometres.

Wärtsilä also delivered 9 radar stations to the Tianjin port.

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