In order to ensure the safe entry and exit, management and
monitoring of vessels, two ports in Indonesia have selected
variants of the SBS-800 Upmast X-Band SharpEye range from Kelvin
Hughes, a developer of radar systems for maritime navigation and
other security and surveillance applications
The second largest port in Indonesia, Surabaya has opted for the
SBS-800-2. The center of cargo distribution for East Java and a
gateway to Eastern Indonesia, Surabaya is accessed from the North
through the Madura strait, a 25-mile-long, 100m wide and 9.5m
deep channel between East Java and Madura Island. The port has
multi-purpose terminals, handling general cargo, bulk carriers,
gas carriers, tankers, container vessels, Ro-Ro and passenger
The port of Bitung is being developed as an international hub and
currently handles general bulk cargo, tankers, containers and
cruise vessels. It is located in the Lembeh Strait, 50km east of
Manado. The Bitung Port of Administration has selected the
SBS-800-3 pulse Doppler radar with frequency diversity.
The SBS-800 radar systems are designed to align with the 'Basic'
and 'Standard' capability types of IALA V-128. With their
patented, solid-state SharpEye technology, they transmit a low
power pulse sequence which enables short, medium and long range
radar returns to be detected simultaneously, the manufacturer
Doppler processing of the radar returns provides coherent
information concerning target velocity and enables the detection
of very small and slow moving objects with a low Radar Cross
Section (RCS). Through a series of electronic filters, the
SBS-800 is able to distinguish between targets of interest and
sea, rain and land clutter.
In addition, with no magnetron required for the system,
maintenance costs are significantly reduced, Kelvin Hughes noted.