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Peter Selwyn, Navicom Dynamics: Advances in PPU data integration


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Peter Selwyn, General Manager, Navicom Dynamics, New Zealand delivered this presentation at the 2012 International Harbour Masters Congress – Global Port and Marine Operations in Ireland. The …

Peter Selwyn, General Manager, Navicom Dynamics, New Zealand delivered this presentation at the 2012 International Harbour Masters Congress – Global Port and Marine Operations in Ireland. The Congress provides a unique forum in which formal Association meetings are combined with a conference and an exhibition - displaying equipment, services and technical developments from throughout the port and harbour sector. The event is held biennially and will next take place on 26-30 May 2014 in Bruges – Ghent, Belgium. Addressing the theme, ‘Safe and smooth access to ports: A challenge’, the 9th IHMA Congress in Belgium will showcase technical and operational breakthroughs together with international case studies on the development and management of modern port and marine operations across the globe. For more information about the congress, please visit the event website:

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  • 1. Photo courtesy of Flinders Ports
  • 2. Our Company About us: • Auckland, New Zealand • Producing PPUs since 2003 • Constantly evolving new products to meet the needs of customers • Commercial member of the IHMA Our customers: • Government Marine Departments, Port Authorities, pilotage companies and independent pilots • Oil, gas and mining corporations • Coast Guards
  • 3. The pressures on ports and pilots • Ships are so big that getting them into tight spaces is more hazardous than it has ever been – – – – Gas Oil Containers Bulk • Owners of ships have higher expectations for quick turnarounds, even when conditions are not favourable • Higher safety regulations, and expectations, than ever before
  • 4. What does a PPU do for the pilot? • Solves the problem of unfamiliar (or unreliable) bridge equipment • ECDIS mandation, and mandatory training requirements for deck officers, not possible for pilot to be duly familiar with all possible ship-fitted ECDIS • Provides a reliable, accurate picture of what’s going on, including prediction • Improves master/pilot exchange • Helps to protects infrastructure (navigation aids, wharves) • Helps to improve safety and efficiency • Maintains a complete recording of the passage • Pilot training • Personal enhancement
  • 5. What does a PPU do for the port? • Gives comfort that the pilot has the most appropriate support available • Provides a reliable accurate record (usable in the event of an incident) • Helps to protect infrastructure (navigation aids, wharves) A PPU Is half the cost of a new fender! • Increases efficiency • Provides an interface so the port can provide accurate timely information to the pilot • AIS or VTS picture • Live metocean data • DUKC chart overlay
  • 6. HarbourPilot Lightweight HarbourPilot Ruggedised ChannelPilot AISPilot
  • 7. HarbourPilot Lightweight on a round rail On a flat rail
  • 8. Software – Qastor (by QPS) • • • • Built from the start for pilots Has the most features for pilots Tried and tested worldwide Most regularly updated Navicom Dynamics has been supplying Qastor for 9 years, more than any other reseller Many new features within Qastor have been on our recommendation.
  • 9. Basic picture
  • 10. Software – Possible add-ins • AIS or VTS picture • Live tide or current or meteo data • High quality chart updating • Distribution of validated routes • ENC distribution • DUKC overlay
  • 11. Add-in – AIS and/or VTS
  • 12. Add-in - Real-time tide/current Images – Courtesy QPS BV
  • 13. Qastor Connect Server DUKC Validated Routes
  • 14. Live Tide. Vessel 9m draft, 4m tide, 0m UKC
  • 15. Add-in – tide. Vessel 9m draft, 3.9m tide, 0m UKC
  • 16. Using tide effectively – a high-density chart Chart adapts by having additional contours Slide – Courtesy QPS BV
  • 17. Using tide effectively – a high-density chart
  • 18. Charts for pilots – some guidelines (AMPI) • Always use the most accurate charts possible • Where ‘official’ ENCs exist and are sufficiently detailed and accurate, these are the preferred charts. • If official ENCs are not sufficiently detailed or accurate for pilotage purposes use the best available alternative. • This might include creating your own ‘special purpose chart’, based on your own accurate local data • Keep the charts up to date
  • 19. Special Purpose charts • Produced where the ENCs from national hydrographic agency are insufficient for the needs of the local situation • Based on accurate up-to-date survey data (maybe even as much as daily as happens in some ports) • Prepared in the S-57 format • Prepared in accordance with a quality assured process
  • 20. Barrow Island - Australia
  • 21. Withnell Bay - Australia
  • 22. The result? The pilot has the full picture of where he is and where he is going Common validated routes Full visibility of who’s around him Live metocean data Charts that can make good use of live tide data Where relevant and available, the ability to see the DUKC algorithm built into the display (very soon!)
  • 23. Thank you