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Kongsberg RADAR for Volkeraksluizen

Kongsberg has reported that it has been chosen by the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure (RWS) to deliver a RADAR surveillance system for the Volkeraksluizen, Europe's largest and busiest inland lock complex.

Serving as a junction in the waterway connection between the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, Volkeraksluizen has over 240 million tonnes passing through each year.

Wiebe Schmitz, sales manager for Kongsberg Norcontrol IT (KNC), noted, "Rapid processing of the traffic picture and reliable tracking are essential for the logistical chain between Rotterdam and Antwerp, as well as for managing the flow of traffic."

The system, whose delivery is scheduled for 2014, will use Kongsberg's next generation C-Scope System to monitor vessel traffic in and around the Volkeraksluizen and to pilot ships into the locks.  RADAR data will be integrated with the national AIS network for operators to maintain a clear and reliable traffic picture.

"We are very proud that Rijkswaterstaat has chosen Kongsberg Norcontrol IT to deliver this very important system," said Mr Schmitz. “And we are eager to bring our expertise to the inland waterways of the Netherlands.”

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