Topical matters

Planning and Reporting of Testbeds in the Maritime Domain

Tianjin Port e-Navigation

  1. General Information
  • Name of testbed:Tianjin Port e-Navigation
  • Location of testbed:Tianjin Port, China
  • Time and duration of testbed:November, 2015 – July, 2017
  • Contact person(s):Yongqiang ZHU,, Engineer, the navigation guarantee center of North China Sea(NGCN), China MSA
  • Organisation(s) involved:China MSA, NGCN
  • Funding programme and budget:4 million CNY
  1. Executive summary

Tianjin port is the largest comprehensive port in North China and an important port for foreign trade, which is also the world’s highest level of artificial deep-water port. After years of evolution, the main channel of Tianjin port has become a compound channel with a total width of 780 meters and total length of 15,600 meters, that is, the middle deepwater channel is two-way navigation waterway for large-size ships sailing. On both sides of the deepwater channel are single navigation ways for small-size ships with capacity of 10,000 tons.

Due to the complex hydrological and meteorological condition, the tidal current of Tianjin Port compound channel is irregular and the flow is difficult to predict. All the users, including ships pass in and out Tianjin Port, VTS personal of Tianjin Port, etc. expect to obtain visibility, tidal current, wind and other real-time environment information of Tianjin Port compound channel timely. In order to match the needs of above-mentioned users and according to e-Navigation relevant concept, this project will establish e-Navigation test platform for Tianjin Port compound channel to provide users the channel environment information service.

Main construction content of the project:

  • Install two multi-function buoys on the key position of Tianjin Port compound channel, the buoys are equipped with visibility meter, flow meter and other relevant environment to acquire real-time environment information of compound channel; those information acquired will be transferred to the shore based system by mobile phone network communication.
  • Establish mobile phone network transmission station on Dugu lighthouse of Tianjin Port to extend the coverage of mobile phone network.
  • Establish shore based data processing system to handle real-time environment information sent by multi-function buoys and form real-time environment service information, send those information into ships by mobile phone network data link.
  •  Design and develop e- navigation ship bridge equipment, including mobile phone App to receive real-time environmental information of compound channel sent by shore based system, so as to assist ships navigating in compound channel.


  1. Testbed Information
  • The type of user group(s) involved in the test
  • Shipboard users
  • Shore-based users
  • Details of e-navigation gap/s considered for the testbed (some examples are given below. For a complete list, please refer to the IMO MSC 91 report)
  • Information/data management
  • Effective and robust data transfer
  • Systems and equipment
  • Traffic monitoring
  • The category of e-navigation gap/s considered in the testbed
  • Technical
  • Operational
  • Details of e-navigation solution/s considered in the testbed (solutions prioritised by IMO are listed below. For a complete list, please refer to the IMO MSC 91 report):
  • S3: Improved reliability, resilience and integrity of bridge equipment and navigation information
  • S4: Integration and presentation of available information in graphical displays received via communication equipment
  • The category of e-navigation solution/s considered in the testbed:
  • Technical
  • Operational
  • Links to similar / relevant testbeds (if any)
  1. Testbed methodology

To be presented.

5. Testbed results

To be presented.

  1. Conclusions and recommendations

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  1. Publications

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  1. Reference material

Tianjin Port e-Nav Testbed Report(Reference Material).ppt