Harbour Craft Transponder System Singapore

To further enhance the security of Singapore's port waters, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will soon require all licensed harbour and pleasure craft to carry transponders that would enable the MPA and the security agencies to identify and track their movements.

The Harbour Craft Transponder System (HARTS) has been specially developed for small vessels which are not required to carry the Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponders mandated by the International Maritime Organization's International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.

Key features of the HARTS include:

  • a 'Panic Button' to alert the shore-based authorities in the event of a security threat;
  • security features ensuring that each transponder unit will only work on the authorised craft;
  • ability to transmit craft identity, position, course and speed to shore-based authorities;
  • use of existing telecommunications infrastructure (GPRS network) for transmission of data from the transponder unit to the shore-based control centres.

Source: Extract from Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore press release dated July 1, 2005

Contact:Howard Snaith