Making seas safer by upgrading coastal radio
Maritime safety, pollution prevention and the preservation of marine biological diversity is essential for a country bordered by three seas. The agency responsible in this regard is the Directorate General of Coastal Safety, whose staff is noted for its high level of education and training. However, the old manual equipment used by the Turkish Coastal Radio Station did not fulfil modern requirements in safeguarding navigation, life, property and the marine environment. Upgrading it to meet international communications standards was necessary to guarantee operational efficiency and emergency response preparedness.
The aims of the project and its core activities
The purpose of this project was to increase the safety of life, goods, navigation and the environment in Turkish waters by modernising the communications equipment used by the Turkish Coastal Radio network, a service operated by the Directorate General of Coastal Safety.
The first step was to review existing maritime safety legislation in Turkey and to identify areas where it required upgrading to meet EU legal norms. In addition, the regulations governing the coastal radio service were also overhauled.
In order to facilitate the transfer of technical knowhow and operational expertise, personnel from the Turkish Coastal Radio Station and the Directorate General of Coastal Safety participated in a study tour to a EU country with advanced equipment and level of organisation in the field of marine communications. Training was provided in maritime safety, radio communications and risk management.
The digitalisation of the coastal radio system involved acquiring MF/HF transponders and antennas, data recording software, hardware and a remote control system. Personnel were trained in the new system, which was compatible with International Telecommunication Union and European Telecommunications Standards Institute standards. This modern, state-of-the-art equipment has greatly boosted Turkey’s ability to respond to all maritime situations.