Estimating radar visibility with computer modelling

Seppo Horsmanheimo, Wenche Backman, Lotta Tuomimäki, Jari Hautio, Arto Hujanen, Hans Toivanen, Risto Joro, Jorma Rytkönen

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    The maritime transport has grown significantly in the Baltic Sea over recent years, which in turn has increased the risk of maritime accidents. As a result, the Finnish Maritime Administration (FMA) has started a fairway development programme for 2007– 2016 (Meri- ja sisävesiväylien kehittämisohjelma) to ensure the safety and quality of maritime services of the existing coastal and inland waterways, and to provide sufficient transport capacity by building new waterways. As a result, the maintenance costs can be predicted to grow. Therefore FMA has put more effort on cost-efficient fairway maintenance and construction. The aim of this research work was to develop a common radar reflector prototype that would be easily scalable to different sizes of aids to navigation. The second aim was to develop a simulation environment where the radar visibility on a selected fairway could be studied in a real-like environment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)30-35
    JournalEuropean Journal of Navigation
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    MoE publication typeB1 Article in a scientific magazine


    • Baltic sea
    • safety
    • navigation
    • aids to navigation
    • AtoN
    • fairway markings
    • radar reflector


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