On November 19, 2o16 a ceremony was held in Izmit, Turkey, for the inauguration of the town’s new maritime traffic and navigation support centre developed by Leonardo-Finmeccanica. The event was attended by the Turkish Minister of Defence Fikri ISIK and Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ahmet ARSLAN.
The Vessel Traffic Management System [VTMS] installed at İzmit will manage local maritime traffic and security, allowing local authorities to monitor maritime traffic in the area and will ensure the effective control of fishing activities.
The solution is composed of two subsystems. The first is the Regional Vessel Traffic Services System [RVTSS], which monitors the extremely busy shipping and transport corridors of the Gulfs of İzmit, İzmir, İskenderun and Mersin. The other subsystem is the Vessel Traffic Management Centre [VTMC] installed in Ankara, which will provide an integrated and comprehensive picture of sea traffic.
Leonardo’s Vessel Traffic Management System [VTMS] is one of the most technologically advanced solutions available today. It secures coastal areas and maritime boundaries over wide geographical areas. The VTMS can also provide maritime environmental monitoring and support search and rescue operations at sea. Available in fixed and mobile versions, VTMS is able to manage large areas such as the Mediterranean basin where, in its largest-scale application, it covers over 7.ooo kilometres of coastline.