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Following the commissioning of its new Port Operations Control Centre (POCC) at Changi Naval Base in July 2011 and the re-commissioning of its upgraded POCC at PSA Vista in September 2012, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on 28 December officially decommissioned its POCC at Tanjong Pagar Complex (POCC-TPC).

The decommissioning of POCC-TPC marks the retirement of Singapore’s first POCC after more than 28 years of service in ensuring navigational safety of vessels in the Singapore Strait and Singapore’s port waters.

First commissioned on 1 May 1984, POCC-TPC initially used VHF radios to manage vessel traffic in Singapore until the first radar-based vessel traffic information system (VTIS) was installed in 1990.

The VTIS allowed POCC officers to see the positions of vessels in real time on a screen and provide navigational assistance to these vessels.

In 2000, POCC-TPC was upgraded with a new VTIS that was able to track up to 5,000 vessels.

The decommissioning ceremony was officiated by MPA’s Chief Executive, Lam Yi Young, and was attended by POCC officers who served at POCC-TPC over the years, including those who have since retired from service.

MPA’s new POCC at Changi Naval Base and upgraded POCC at PSA Vista are fully operational and manned round the clock to ensure navigational safety of vessels in the Singapore Strait and Singapore’s port waters.

The two centers are fully integrated to serve as mutual back-up to each other. Each center is independently equipped and has the capability to assume control of all operational areas in times of an emergency affecting the other center.

 

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