aeronautical and nautical systems
When considering the world of nautical shipping, it’s unlikely that the first thing that comes to mind is the technology used in airports and marine. However, there are plenty of pieces of technology that can be applied to both airports and docks. Read on to find out about some of the vital systems that keep both planes and ships safe, and why they are such easily transferrable systems.
Visual Guidance Docking System
One of the key features used in both landing planes and ensuring that ships and boats of all sizes are able to safely reach their destinations are Visual Guidance Docking Systems or VDGS. A VDGS is a system designed to give pilots and drivers as much information as possible when coming in on their final approach and is often employed on a taxiway to ensure precision parking is far more easily achieved. Using mirrors, simple traffic lights and lightboxes to line pilots up onto their marks, pilots can find it much easier than having to use sight alone.
This is very easily translated to ships, as the concepts are essentially the same. Navigating on a 2D plane when guided by lights is a concept that can work on land or sea, so VDGS is a highly translatable system that can be used to safely bring ships in to harbour with very few changes. From this point, an intercom can be used to guide the driver to any adjustment or confirm the success of their arrival.
Ports and docks can be just as busy as airports, especially in the world of shipping. This means that, just like with aircraft, the dock headquarters needs to be in constant contact with the captains of incoming ships to organise their arrivals. The alternative is dozens of ships arriving simultaneously, leading to an extremely dangerous situation.
VHF transmitters can often be ideal for these cases, as they can transmit over distances of around 60 miles. This will give drivers of any incoming boats plenty of advanced warning in the case of an issue or delay to their docking procedure. Such advanced warnings can keep everything running smoothly, and protect both ships and docks from major incidents.
Sea Traffic Management
Managing traffic at sea can be incredibly similar to doing so on land, with ships entering the area surrounding docks on a 2D plane. Part of the issue, however, can be tracking the ships. It may be easy to keep an eye on aircraft using radar systems, but ships are harder to keep on radar due to their lack of altitude.
Instead, many ships will make use of satellite-based navigation systems. These are effective worldwide, as the global network of satellites allows for extremely accurate tracking of ships. This tracking means traffic controllers can guide ships to spaces and allow for docking on a controlled schedule.
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