BHC - Pontoon Parking

Posted: 1/4/2019

Belfast Harbour's leisure craft facilities are situated at the head of Belfast Lough within a 10 minute walk of the City centre. The Abercorn Basin is located against the stunning backdrop of the new Arc apartments, and adjacent to Belfast Odyssey Arena, the new berths are centrally located within the vibrant Titanic Quarter of Belfast.

Electro Automation has installed a novel variation of the Zeag ORION parking control system to control the berthing revenue and help secure access to the site. The pontoon area is secured using automatic gates powered by Electro’s in ground automation system. Once a visitor berths at the facility they take a berthing ticket and payment is made in advance at the ORION fully automatic Paystation. A special feature allows the appropriate tariff (according to length of vessel and duration of stay) to be stepped though and selected. Payment is made by credit card, and the system logs these details. Only the code on a validated (and current) ticket is accepted at the gates for entry and exit, thereby safeguarding the area. Electro Automation used Oris numeric sequence keypads as a connected part of the Zeag ORION system. These accept the code which is printed on each validated ticket. Data transmission is completed wirelessly to the Harbour Masters office using the innovative I Burst data transmission system, and the intercoms use GSM technology. All statistics are recorded for later analysis on the Zeag ZMS management station. This also offers remote wireless diagnostics and control of the floating pontoon system. 

The current 40 berth facility is a forerunner to a new fully equipped 200 berth marina located in the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.

The present facility, located in Abercorn Basin, was installed to host the Belfast Tall Ships Festival in August 2009 and was funded by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Belfast Tall Ships 2009 Ltd, 240m of pontoons were installed and the Basin was dredged to a depth of 4m. 

The facility is also monitored by CCTV security cameras. Enquiries regarding berth availability should be made to Port Control on 02890 553504

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