(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Wednesday, 19 June 2024) Southwest Monsoon affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from Southeast to South will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Port of Surigao upgrades maritime tracking system

SURIGAO CITY - The Port Management Office (PMO) of Surigao made a significant upgrade to its Automatic Identification System (AIS), in partnership with MarineTraffic, a world leader in maritime data analytics.

According to Surigao Port Manager Froilan Caturla the aging AIS transceiver used by the port's terrestrial station has been replaced with a modern Comar SLR450Ni AIS receiver.

“This upgrade replaced the old Furuno FA 30 AIS, which was operational since 2012 but was becoming unreliable due to wear and tear,” Caturla said.

He added that the  partnership extended beyond just improving the Port of Surigao's own infrastructure as PMO - Surigao and MarineTraffic also established two new AIS terrestrial stations: one at the Port of San Jose in Dinagat Islands and the other at the Port of Dapa in Siargao Island, bringinging a total of three PMO - Surigao-managed AIS stations that are connected to MarineTraffic's global network.

Caturla further said that the collaboration between PMO - Surigao and MarineTraffic proved to be valuable during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-2022) when restrictions on personnel movement necessitated a heavy reliance on remote monitoring systems. 

By utilizing real-time data from MarineTraffic, PMO - Surigao was able to accurately track foreign vessels, calling on private ports within its jurisdiction and ensuring the proper collection of port charges. 

This significantly enhanced their monitoring capabilities despite the limitations imposed by the pandemic. (PPA-PMO Surigao/PIA-Surigao)