The system will initially be used along the Sabine-Neches waterway which extends from the Gulf of Mexico to Port Arthur, Beaumont and Orange, Texas.
The project is the first to be awarded a grant by PortVision under the company's PortVision CONNECT initiative, which funds web-based initiatives for non-profit maritime organisations.
“The Sabine-Neches waterway is the nation’s fourth largest waterway and an ideal location for the first deployment of this important tool for improving the nation’s marine terminal security,” said Dean Rosenberg, PortVision chief executive officer.
“This free gate list portal will provide a collaborative, web-based solution for automating the previously cumbersome task of developing and managing marine terminal gate security clearance lists.”
“Similar challenges exist in the nearby Houston ship channel and other major US ports and waterways, and we anticipate that this will be the first of many PortVision CONNECT gate list portal projects we will initiate under the same grant terms we have established with the WGMA and Sabine-Neches stakeholders.”
In addition to the WGMA, PortVision is also working with members of the Southeast Texas Waterways Advisory Council to launch the gate list portal. These and other US port and waterway stakeholders are subject to the federal Marine Transportation Security Act of 2002, which requires vessels and port facilities to maintain security against unauthorised access to the marine terminal area.
To gain terminal access, vessel agents and contractors must first submit information in an approved format to the terminal security office, including an up-to-date list of personnel who will be accessing the terminal to perform work.
PortVision says that providing a web-based gate list portal for creating and managing these lists will streamline and simplify the terminal access process, improve the accuracy and completeness of gate lists, and enhance security while reducing vessel delays.
“We are pleased to partner with PortVision to bring area maritime stakeholders a great value-added tool that will directly enhance maritime terminal security,” said Niels Aalund, senior vice president, WGMA.
“The PortVision initiative will be warmly received and actively utilised by a diverse cross-section of industry users.”
PortVision launched the PortVision CONNECT initiative in March 2013 with a $500,000 commitment to fund the development and implementation of web-based solutions that help non-profit maritime organisations enhance port and waterway efficiency, safety and security for their stakeholders.
Eligible PortVision CONNECT programme participants include harbour safety committees, trade associations, marine exchanges and other industry organisations with a primarily maritime mission.
In addition to the gate list portal launch in the Sabine-Neches waterway, PortVision’s other pending projects include information portals for real-time data access, real-time resource scheduling, and waterway alert systems.