| China's largest deepwater harbor in Qingdao to build vessel traffic service
The Dongjiakou Harbor, China's largest deepwater harbor, is under construction in the east coastal city of Qingdao. It will establish a vessel traffic service (VTS) in the cooperation with Shandong Provincial Maritime Affairs Bureau, local authorities said Wednesday.
VTS, a marine traffic monitoring system, keeps track of vessel movement in a limited geographical area with advanced sensors such as radar, closed-circuit television, and radiotelephony. Through the system the safety and efficiency of navigation will be improved.
Although three radar stations and a VTS center have operated in Qingdao Port since 2006, the current service has failed to cover some water areas in and around Dongjiakou Harbor, a part of Qingdao Port, according to the authorities.
Covering an area of about 70 square km, the Dongjiakou Harbor is expected to have annual capacity of more than 310 million tonnes by 2020.
The construction of the harbor area started in May 2009.
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