Jotron very high-frequency (VHF) coastal radios are used worldwide both at coastal stations and offshore installations that require high-quality frequency modulation (FM) voice and digital selective calling (DSC). These VHF radios are the source of communication between a coastal station and a vessel.

This framework agreement for the renewal of a VHF system is an important part of the NCA’s modernization and expansion plan to prepare for the IMO Maritime Service Portfolio. The NCA’s five Vessel Traffic Service centres use dedicated VHF channels. These channels are used to communicate with vessels in order to clear and regulate traffic (Traffic Organisation Service -TOS), to inform about environmental conditions (Information Service – INS) and to provide navigation assistance in the case of an emergency situation (Navigation Assistance Service – NAS). This agreement includes not only equipment but also mapping, consultation, operation and maintenance. This new VHF system offers enhanced and automated services. With a few keystrokes, voice and text messages can automatically be sent from a service centre to a vessel in the service centre area. These features simplify the traffic managers’ work situation.

“VHF is still the most important communication channel for our maritime Vessel Traffic Service centres and vessels, and invaluable for handling situations that occur. Through this contract, we get the opportunity to establish new functionality. It will also contribute to the expansion of our VTS areas,” says Arve Dimmen, Director of Maritime Safety at the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

Business development director Morten Gjersøe said: “Our joint expertise within both coastal applications and maritime safety, will offer better VHF coverage to the Norwegian coast.”