Guidelines & References

Application of Real Time Tracking & Monitoring of Vessel (RTTMV) System


Since 1993 marine dumping permits under the Dumping At Sea Ordinance (DASO) issued by EPD have required all marine dumping barges to install aboard the automatic self-monitoring device (ASMD). The device records both the barge's position (by means of Global Positioning System) and draught in order to monitor its location and loading/dumping operations. This information is recorded in the on-board data logging device and members of EPD enforcement staff need to physically go aboard to retrieve data for later analysis.  

With the advance in telemetry technology and after more than a year of development, testing and successful sea trials, the Real Time Tracking and Monitoring of Vessel (RTTMV) System has been fully launched since 2008. In this system [“Schematic”], a Control Centre is set up at the EPD’s office to receive data and monitor all dumping activities under the DASO. The Front End Mobile Unit (FEMU) [“FEMU Photos”] / [“FEMU Technical Specifications”] which forms a key component of the RTTMV system and installed on board of marine dumping vessels will transmit self-monitoring data direct from the barge at sea to the Control Centre through GPRS mobile communication network.
The RTTMV system allows both the EPD and the permit holders to carry out round-the-clock monitoring of the movement and dumping activities of dumping barges. This will ensure that any irregularities can be immediately identified and rectified without delay. Permit holders can also gain access to the free website [“Website Illustrations”] provided by the EPD to monitor and manage their dumping fleets online through the internet. Furthermore, the permit holders can on-line instruct the aboard camera connected to the FEMU to take snapshots. [“Snapshots”]. The system saves time and resources for both the EPD and permit holders in checking compliance and helps prevent arguments over data interpretation, delay in corrective actions, or miscommunication.


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