Wärtsilä accelerates the digitization project for the port of Zanzibar


At the official start of the digitization project for the port of Zanzibar.

Published June 26, 2022 17:59 by

The Maritime Executive







[By: Wärtsilä]


Wärtsilä Voyage, part of Wärtsilä Technology Group, has contracted with Fortris Company Ltd to implement its groundbreaking Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) system and VTEK Technology’s Terminal Operating System (TOS) at the Port of Malindi in Zanzibar, Tanzania for the Zanzibar Ports Corporation signed (ZPC). The project will significantly improve efficiency and transparency at shipping and port hubs. Digitizing the port will allow ZPC to better manage operations amid rapid growth of the global supply chain. It will also help ZPC meet the challenge of increasing competition from East African ports. The order was posted on May 5, 2022.


The port of Malindi was built in 1920 and has a berth that can accommodate a 130 meter ship. The manual, paper-based systems currently in use have caused delays as trading activity increases in the region. Local company Fortris Company Limited is running the digitization project in partnership with Wärtsilä Voyage. The port’s income should double as a result of the implementation of the systems.


“Zanzibar’s strategic geographic position gives it a comparative advantage in reaping the benefits of the sea-based economy. Zanzibar has a strong history in maritime trade with an increased focus in the last two decades where it has made a major contribution to the economy. The development and modernization of the port infrastructure will be a key factor for sustainable economic growth,” said Mather Al-Ali, MEAI region sales manager at Wärtsilä Voyage. “We are very pleased to have been selected to partner with ZPC and Fortris in this digital transformation program.”


Wärtsilä Voyage’s dynamic port and traffic management solutions provide intelligent tools and digital technologies for coordinating ship traffic and conducting efficient port operations. Wärtsilä Voyage’s scope of supply includes the installation of a number of its latest technologies, including the company’s Advanced Intelligent Maneuvering, Navi-Port, 3D, PilotPro Units and VTS Simulator modules, as well as a web version of Navi-Harbour.


Navi-Port facilitates the exchange of accurate arrival times between ports and ships, and allows ships to automatically adjust speed to achieve just-in-time arrivals. Dynamic, real-time data exchange improves coordination and allows course and speed changes should port conditions change during a voyage. Overall, Navi-Port enables more efficient operational planning to reduce congestion. VTEK’s Terminal Operating System will be integrated with Wärtsilä Voyage’s Navi-Port to enable the coordination of just-in-time arrivals and optimize operational flow and cargo movements.


Meanwhile, Wärtsilä Voyage’s Navi-Harbour WebVTS enables real-time exchange of vessel traffic data for comprehensive situational awareness via a standard internet browser. WebVTS supports navigation charts, traffic management tools, ship history and works in different languages.


“As the economic and environmental benefits of just-in-time operations become clearer to the maritime community, Wärtsilä Voyage will continue to invest in developing solutions that also help support the decarbonization and greenhouse gas reduction strategies of the IMO and the port effectively future-proof the shipping industry. Our smart port solutions enable seamless interactions between port authorities, pilots and vessel traffic. This real-time exchange of information between all interested stakeholders in the port environment will improve the quality of port services and help increase customer satisfaction, while making operations in congested port waters safer, easier and more efficient. Ultimately, this also translates into lower freight costs and reduced CO2 emissions,” said Bruce Mills, Business Development Manager for Ship Traffic Control at Wärtsilä Voyage.


The official launch of the project was completed on May 19, 2022 in the presence of the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Zanzibar, Board Members of Zanzibar Ports Corporation, the General Manager of Zanzibar Ports Corporation, the General Manager of e-GAZ and a representative of Business Finland, CEO Fortris Co.Ltd, Sales Manager – Region MEAI at Wärtsilä Voyage and all project partners.



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