March 17, 2020 (Google Translation) – The Federal Republic of Germany has been involved in the Federal Government’s retrofit initiative in Lebanon for many years. The aim is for Lebanon to be able to carry out its sovereign tasks in its territorial waters. Thanks to German help, the Lebanese Navy has now come a big step closer to this goal. A total of four boats have been equipped with an integrated bridge. The technical requirements for seamless surveillance in the sea area have thus improved significantly.
“Tabarja” is one of the four Lebanese coast guard boats that have benefited from a new integrated bridge. The Lebanese Marines can now use the latest technology to monitor the Lebanese maritime border.
A total of four new modules have been installed on the bridges of the four coast guard boats. In addition to an electronic map display and information system, the boats now also have an automatic identification system, a radio and an infrared and video camera.
The new chart display and information system not only shows the nautical chart and your own position. This is where all the information required for the bridge crew comes together. For example, the display of all relevant data from lighthouses or other seafaring signs is just a click away. In addition, all ships and boats in the area, if registered by radar or AIS, are shown with the direction of travel and speed.
“The electronic map system provides a clear overview of the situation in real time and is a great support for the boat crew when it secures the Lebanese maritime border. Now there is no longer any need for a paper chart in which you have to enter your own position with a pen, ”said frigate captain Thorsten D., explaining the significant improvements on board. He belongs to the German training command in Jounieh and accompanied the installation of the integrated bridge.
The new infrared and video camera will also be of great help to the soldiers from now on. Because the camera system installed on the bridge roof can represent heat sources under almost all visual conditions. Regardless of whether it is foggy or pitch black: ships and people can be reliably displayed on a monitor at any time. In the event of an accident, the infrared and video camera can even save lives. In the course of search and rescue tasks, it immediately identifies people who have fallen overboard.
The new electronic card system and the thermal imager are supplemented by an automatic identification system. This gives the bridge crew the opportunity to read out the transmitters of the surrounding ships and boats and thus obtain detailed navigation and ship data. In addition to the current position according to latitude and longitude, further information such as speed, direction of travel, draft, name of the ship and the destination port are determined.
If a ship is heading for a Lebanese destination port, the crew of the coast guard boat will address this ship via the newly equipped VHF radio and request further information. If necessary, the ship in the Lebanese port can be examined again more closely.
“I am now heading the German training command for Lebanon for the second time at the Jounieh naval base. I was here for the first time in 2018/2019. Since then I have been able to watch small progress again and again. But this new technology on the four coast guard boats is clearly to be emphasized again, ”said frigate captain Thorsten D. visibly satisfied.
However, the real test is still waiting for the boats and their crews: in the future, they will also act as part of the UNIFIL United Nations Interim Force in LebanonMaritime Task Force.