Jotron AS, a leading manufacturer of professional communication systems for land, sea and air safety, and the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) have entered into a frame agreement for the delivery of Jotron coastal radios.
Jotron Very High Frequency (VHF) Coastal radios are used worldwide both at coastal stations and offshore installations that require high quality frequency modulation (FM) voice and digital selective calling (DSC). These VHF radios are the source of communication between a coastal station and a vessel.
This framework agreement for the renewal of a VHF system is an important part of the NCA’s modernization and expansion plan to prepare for the IMO Maritime Service Portfolio. The NCA’s five Vessel Traffic Service centers use dedicated VHF channels. These channels are used to communicate with vessels in order to clear and regulate traffic (Traffic Organisation Service -TOS), to inform about environmental conditions (Information Service – INS) and to provide navigation assistance in the case of an emergency situation (Navigation Assistance Service – NAS). This agreement includes not only equipment, but also mapping, consultation, operation and maintenance. This new VHF system offers enhanced and automated services. With a few keystrokes, voice and text messages can automatically be sent from a service center to a vessel in the service center area. These features simplify the traffic managers’ work situation.
“VHF is still the most important communication channel for our maritime Vessel Traffic Service centers and vessels, and invaluable for handling situations that occur. Through this contract, we get the opportunity to establish new functionality. It will also contribute to the expansion of our VTS areas,” says Arve Dimmen, Director of Maritime Safety at the Norwegian Coastal Administration.
“Our joint expertise within both coastal applications and maritime safety, will offer better VHF coverage to the Norwegian coast,” says Morten Gjersøe, Director Business Development.
For more information, please contact Morten Gjersøe – Jotron, tel: +47 3313 9700.
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Image – Arve Dimmen, Director of Maritime Safety at the Norwegian Coastal Administration and Morten Gjersøe, Director Business Development Jotron.
Photo: Norwegian Coastal Administration/Gro Kibsgaard Petersen