The PortMonitor is an innovative control system for the monitoring of the Port of Hamburg that we develop together with the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA).


The HPA ensures an accurate and reliable port infrastructure, secure traffic routes, and efficient, transparent communication on the water and on land. For this purpose, they need an overview of current events and changes in the port area at all times. An example: Ship movements are coordinated with construction sites in the port in order to observe road narrowing, safety distances or berths that are not available.


The PortMonitor was developed in close collaboration with the Vessel Traffic Service Center (VTS Center). It is a software system that visualizes different information sources such as ship movements, construction measures, requests, and execution plans around different map representations. As a result, decisions and communication on measures and their impacts in port traffic are significantly better supported and more up-to-date. The integration of different existing systems facilitates handling and reduces errors in system usage. Therefore, navigators and construction experts can concentrate on their actual tasks.
The PortMonitor is tailored to the needs of the different user groups. Modern technology and architecture are the basis for a step-by-step and systematic expansion of the IT infrastructure in the port.

Mobile PortMonitor extension

Initially used as a desktop application, the PortMonitor now also runs on mobile devices and a large video wall in the VTS Center. The multi-device capability of the control center supports direct feedback between the navigators on the launches and in the VTS Center. Current documents can be viewed locally. Altered or problematic situations can be photographed and passed directly to the control center. The map-based presentation of the construction sites and measures enables a situational route planning and change in route.
As a result, tasks of the control center are supported in the area which means that local staff is now also included in decisions and communication on measures and the impact in port traffic. This allows a direct response to important and potentially dangerous events.