TRIESTE – The Port Network Authority of the Northern Adriatic Sea and the Harbour Master of Venice and Chioggia have delivered new navigation aids to pilots.
The devices (Pilot Portable Units – PPU consisting of antennas, software, laptops and tablets) can indicate and identify the ship’s position with extreme precision and in real-time and predict its position in the seconds immediately following the manoeuvre. The new systems will allow the pilots to have exact data in advance of the ship’s progress, thanks to high-precision cartography specially made with technologies for the functionality of the devices.
The delivery ceremony of the new aids was attended, in addition to the President of the AdSP Mas Fulvio Lino Di Blasio, the Commander of the Port of Venice, Admiral Inspector Piero Pellizzari, the Commander of the Port Authority of Chioggia Dario Riccobene, the Chief Pilot of the Pilots’ Guild of the Venetian Estuary Luigi Mennella and the Pilot of the Pilots’ Guild of Chioggia and Porto Levante Giuseppe Morello.
The initiative, worth 130 thousand euros, was entirely financed by the INTERREG Italy-Croatia 2014-2020 Cross-border Cooperation Program and is part of the project INTESA Improving maritime Transport Efficiency and Safety in the Adriatic“. Coordinated by the Venetian Port Authority itself, the project has allowed consolidating the cooperation already underway for many years with the General Command of the Harbour Offices, the Tide Forecast and Reporting Center of the Municipality of Venice and PIOPP for the collection, exchange and integration of systems and data for the definition of navigation aids. INTESA aims at standardizing and integrating the monitoring and management procedures of the entire maritime transport process in the Adriatic Sea to make it more efficient and safe through the cooperation between the National Maritime Administrations of Italy and Croatia and the main port authorities of the Adriatic Sea (together with Venice also Trieste, Ravenna, Ancona, Bari, Rijeka, Ploce and Split).