NFA inks deal with VComms for vessel monitoring system

The agreement is a first for the NFA and Papua New Guinea

The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) of Papua New Guinea has done a deal with Australian-based vendor, VComms, for the supply of an integrated Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) for fisheries management under a “multi year” agreement.

Phase one of implementation will see the turn-key VMS technology, which includes the provision of Inmarsat airtime via the Inmarsat C platform, comprise approximately 500 fisheries vessels, with plans to expand and evolve the system in 2011.

National Fisheries Authority managing director, Sylvester Pokajam, said the agreement is a first for both the NFA and Papua New Guinea, in particular, integrating the vessel monitoring data with the NFA’s own vessel licensing database. This will enable the organisation to monitor and control its commercial fishing operations from the one platform.

VComms & SatComms managing director, Andrew Burdall, said the technology would assist with the detection of illegal fishing by speeding up the validation of vessel position data against licensing records.

“It can establish immediately if the vessel has a licence and the details of that licence status… so the vessel is tracked with the specific fishery,” Burdall said.

National Fisheries Authority VMS manager, David Klaris, said this system will enable the monitoring of vessels within the fishery and automatically cross-reference this with their licensing status, ultimately increasing efficiency of operations. Additionally, higher operational and data redundancy has been built in.

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