INEOS operates a jetty at the Port of Antwerp in Belgium, one of the busiest sea ports with a special location far inland on the river Schelde. The area surrounding the phenol jetty is busy with small and large vessel traffic including container vessel traffic from the nearby terminal, and the busy traffic from other vessels passing by along the river Scheldt.
It is not easy to predict the course of each of those vessels, as they have to follow the bend in the Scheldt, watch other vessels and reach their own destination. When a ship accidentally broke away from the quay in the nearby Deurganckdok and drifted towards the INEOS Phenol jetty, it prompted INEOS Phenol to look for an early detection and warning system.
Still today, there is a severe risk of collisions with the jetty. Such incidents need to be anticipated so that the necessary valves can be closed.