The port of Alicante has launched an interactive map on its website to track and report incidents involving nautical signals along the entire stretch of Alicante coastline.
Despite technological advances for navigation, such as GPS and telecommunications, traditional maritime signals remain essential to ensure safety at sea and to facilitate the movement of ships safely into and out of ports. These visual, acoustic or radioelectric devices are essential to warn of hidden dangers, especially when GPS devices are not available.
The Alicante Port Authority has control of maritime signals across the entire province, being directly responsible for most of them, such as lighthouses. The rest of the signals, publicly owned, such as those of Generalitat Valenciana managed ports, or private, such as those corresponding to fish farms, must be kept in perfect condition by their owners.
The signal technicians of the port of Alicante are in charge of ensuring the correct maintenance of all signals, and may even issue fines when deficiencies are detected that are not corrected.
On the Alicante coast there are currently 158 signals, counting lighthouses, buoys and beacons, and for the first time ever these have been gathered on an interactive map on the website of the Port Authority. Through this map, users can consult the technical data of each signal, its positioning coordinates, or its visual or acoustic characteristics.
In addition, the map is connected to the monitored control system, thanks to which navigators and signal holders will be able to see incidents that occur in real time.
The website, for those interested in having a look is https://www.puertoalicante.com/