The Coast Guard on Monday started the pilot test of a surveillance system to improve its ship movement monitoring capability, search and rescue mission, smuggling and environmental protection operations.
Commandant Vice Adm. Rodolfo Isorena said the Maritime Surveillance System has been set up at Cunanan Wharf in Manila South Harbor.
The MSS is equipped with radar, camera, and visual sensors to ensure coverage of of up to 25 nautical miles.
Cdr. Armand Balilo, Coast Guard chief information officer, said the image of a ship will be automatically transmitted to the Coast Guard control headquarters once the vessel is detected by the surveillance system.
At present, the Coast Guard has only three vessel traffic monitoring facilities located in Manila, Corregidor, and Cagayan de Oro.
Representing the US government, Capt. Brian Block joined PCG officials in the pilot test.