Since 1988, GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) has been mandated for ships globally by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS). Under the Ministry of Transportation in Sudan, the Sea Port Cooperation Sudan (SPC) must adhere to this regulation. Therefore, Port Sudan is set to receive a significant upgrade of its maritime communication capabilities.
The project is organized and operated by the SPC and secured with the support of Marine Equipment & Services Co. Ltd. The goal is to ensure modern and reliable coastal communication systems, essential to maintain efficient operations, safeguard all vessels in the area, and sustain regional importance.
– As one of the primary vendors for the SPC, our contributions have encompassed various aspects. This includes providing information, a comprehensive technical catalog, and extensive discussions with the technical team at SPC. With the port’s important placement, we had to diligently address all inquiries and concerns, leveraging our extensive expertise in this domain to ensure the best solution for the project, explains Yousif Abubakr, Sales and Marketing Director at Marine Equipment & Services Co. Ltd.
A new era in maritime communication for Port Sudan
As part of transforming its maritime communication systems, Port Sudan initiated a competitive tendering process through the help of Marine Equipment & Services Co. Ltd. Here, the Danish GMDSS specialist, Danphone, stood out in this endeavor, securing involvement in three of the four high-quality bids. The company’s experience and client base made it a prime candidate to elevate Port Sudan’s communication systems to meet the highest international standards.
– Given the port’s global and regional significance, selecting a reliable GMDSS provider was crucial. Danphone was chosen as a partner based on a thorough evaluation of their expertise, capabilities, and compatibility with our goals. They have a strong track record of delivering high-quality products and services that will help enhance dependable ship-to-shore communications, improve distress call responses, and accelerate SAR (Search and Rescue) activities. This will considerably strengthen maritime safety across the Red Sea, explains Yousif Abubakr.
In implementing Danphone’s GMDSS technology, Port Sudan will fully comply with the IMO and the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).
The forthcoming system is engineered for resilience, featuring backup transmitters and receivers, versatile VHF communication capabilities, and a centralized control hub. Paired with user-friendly software for streamlined monitoring, the system holds the promise of rapid response to maritime crises. For example, it could significantly minimize disruptions similar to the infamous Suez Canal blockage in 2021 by alerting and rerouting incoming vessels in real-time.
– Our system is equipped with an intuitive user interface and intelligent control systems due to the enhanced system redundancy that empowers every operator to access all available radios simultaneously. These streamlines support as the involved partners, and we can administer remote support and make configuration adjustments. Thus, ensuring safe maritime traffic around the Port of Sudan, explains Andy Reynolds, Co-Owner of Danphone.
All equipment is expected to be delivered by the end of September, while installations will follow shortly after. The order means Danphone has now delivered coastal radio and safety communication solutions to five countries in the Red Sea area, thereby covering the main parts of the region.
This article is shared by courtesy of Danphone – www.danphone.com/