The Harbour Master’s office ensures continuous control of shipping:
- traffic forecasts,
- traffic control,
- berthing of ships in dock,
- navigational aids,
- radar coverage,
- radio links,
- collection and dissemination of information,
- coordination of operations,
- remote control of ancillary equipment.
The Harbour Master’s office controls the order of entry and exit of shipping and all navigation movements within the port. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, it provides total radar coverage of the approach area, the channel and the docks. It offers a support service for shipping during fairway navigation and provides information via the Internet about port calls by ships [vessel traffic management (VTM)]. The Harbour Master’s office is also in charge of the port police, monitoring hazardous goods and organizing spill control responses and resources.