The planned widening of the internal entrance from 100 m to 140 m is an integral part of a project carried out by the Port of Gdynia Authority, called “Deepening of the fairway and internal sea areas of the Port of Gdynia – stages 1 and 3 and the redevelopment of quays in the Port of Gdynia – stages 2 and 3”, whose objective is to assure navigation parameters enabling large container vessels handling direct ocean connections and the largest mass vessels entering Baltic call at the Port of Gdynia.
“In order to broaden the internal entrance it is necessary to shorten the Northern Spur (Polish name Ostroga Północna), which in turn requires removal of the lower navigation signals beacon that determines the Port’s entry axis. With the above in view, it has been decided to install Europe’s most innovative navigation system at the Port of Gdynia,” said Vice President Grzegorz Dyrmo.
The leading lights pole at the Port of Gdynia has been modernized by Pronaw Sp. z o.o., gaining a new steel structure. The new ladder and working platforms provides access to installed navigation signaling devices to maintenance services. It has been equipped with sector light VEGA PEL-4 and auxiliary light VEGA VRL-74.
Maritime Office in Gdynia staff, together with engineers of Pronaw Sp. z o.o. and Sabik Oy from Finland have determined widths of particular sectors, adjusting them to local conditions of the Port of Gdynia. Sector lights emit light in three colours. In combination with the sector borders oscillating functions as much as seven sectors dividing approach to the Port of Gdynia were obtained.
Thanks to the oscillating light matrix a vessel coming from Gdansk and cutting the approach track will enter first of all the red strobe light sector, where short red strobes will be seen, becoming longer as the vessel gets near the track axis, until the observer ends up in the constant red light sector. Going further north, the observer will transfer to white light pervading red light, where red light operates alternately with white light, and the closer to the track axis, the longer white strobes will become, and red ones –shorter.
Entering the next, fourth sector – i.e. constant white light sector - will mean that a vessel is on the track axis, and following it will secure a safe entry to the Port of Gdynia. Should the vessel continue going north, it will also cut the green light pervading white light sector, constant green light sector and green strobe light sector.
Thanks to the new sector lights, a person navigating a vessel approaching the Port will receive an immediate information whether the vessel is on the track axis or has turned off the line. Furthermore, on the basis of type of strobes, which depends on how far off the axis a vessel is, the navigator will be able to assess how big the deviation is and react quickly choosing the right maneuver to return to the ideal approach way.
The light’s usefulness is further amplified by its large range exceeding 21 nautical miles at night, and 5 nautical miles in daylight.
Sector light cooperates with wide-range auxiliary light, in accordance with lights located on the Port’s entrance , allowing to distinguish sector light among other port lights. Both lights have been equipped with an advanced monitoring module by Navsim Polska Sp. z o.o., enabling remote reading and real-time modification of light parameters.