DOTr gets $1M US grant for vessel traffic management system

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DOTr gets $1M US grant for vessel traffic management system
Transport Secretary Jaime J. Bautista and US Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson (third and fourth from right, respectively) signed an agreement providing a $1-million US grant to the Philippines for the conduct of a vessel traffic management system feasibility study. Photo from the Department of Transportation.
  • The Department of Transportation received a $1 million grant from the US government for a vessel traffic management system
  • The assistance will fund a feasibility study for implementing a VTMS at ten locations in the Philippines
  • Transport Secretary Jaime J. Bautista and US Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson signed the agreement, providing a US grant for selecting a consultant to conduct the feasibility study
  • Apart from promoting efficient water traffic management, the VTMS is seen as a countermeasure to reported incidents of signal jamming within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) received a $1 million grant from the United States government for a vessel traffic management system (VTMS).

The assistance will fund a feasibility study for implementing a VTMS at ten locations in the Philippines.

Transport Secretary Jaime J. Bautista and US Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson signed the agreement, providing a grant for selecting a consultant to conduct the study.

The VTMS is anticipated to address maritime safety concerns by enhancing awareness and coordination of maritime traffic. Bautista highlighted its significance in managing sea traffic and providing advanced communication redundancy for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

He said that apart from promoting efficient water traffic management, the VTMS is seen as a countermeasure to reported incidents of signal jamming within the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. It is expected to empower the PCG, enhancing its maritime capabilities.

By integrating data from advanced sensors like radar and automatic identification systems, the VTMS creates a comprehensive picture of the maritime environment for effective traffic management and communication.

Carlson emphasized the importance of the grant to the PCG, stating it would enhance maritime safety and security in the Philippines.

She said she was pleased to partner with Philippine authorities to develop an expanded VTMS for managing maritime traffic, preventing vessel collisions, and protecting marine environments.

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