Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
Harwich Haven Authority (HHA) has chosen OceanWise to supply, install and maintain new tide and weather monitoring systems at this 900-year old East Coast of England port. British marine instrument specialist, Valeport, has partnered with OceanWise to deliver the environmental monitoring systems and continue its long-standing relationship with HHA.
HHA, a trust port, is responsible for 150 square miles of the Haven and attracts trade from all over the world seeing 40% of the UK’s container traffic travel pass through its waters.
The bespoke system for HHA uses the latest technology to measure tide, weather and wave conditions in the ports of Harwich and, on the north side of estuary, Felixstowe. It includes a modern and dynamic environmental monitoring system with dual telemetry to ensure that continuous real-time data is available to the port for its round the clock day in, day out, operational needs. (See illustration here).
This integrated system provided by OceanWise has been designed to incorporate best in class sensors within a robust, weather-proof Valeport Tidestation. Housed within these tidal observation hubs are Valeport TideMaster tide gauges fitted with vented pressure sensors or the water level VRS 20 radar level sensors and in some cases a Met Station from Gill Instruments.
The data from the sensors within the TideStation is collected and transmitted via general packet radio services (GPRS) using OceanWise smart telemetry and is transmitted to OceanWise’s cloud-based data management and display system, Port-Log.net (see: https://demo.port-log.net/map.php ) for storage and publication of information. Port-log.net provides fast access to the data, in a variety of displays, which can be viewed in real time or historically on portable or fixed devices.
Here the new environmental system provides HHA with continuous real time tide and meteorological data instantly to assist in all operational aspects of the port aiding survey, dredging and vessel movement.
Although Port-Log.net is instrument independent, OceanWise and Valeport have collaborated on numerous environmental systems and supplied similar solutions to many ports and harbours since 2012.
Guy Frankland, Valeport marketing manager commented: ‘Valeport has supplied HHA since the mid 1980’s with tide measurement instrumentation and this new dynamic environmental monitoring system delivered with OceanWise will be our third installation of tide gauges with HHA. Working with OceanWise we’re providing vital, accurate data in real-time which will enable precision planning and decision making at this busy port.’
Robert Proctor, Oceanographer at OceanWise added: ‘We are excited to be working with Valeport again delivering this dynamic new system to HHA who are an important new customer for us. We proudly work with over 70% of the UK’s major ports delivering fit for purpose systems and equipment, that helps our customers monitor the environment and share weather, tidal and other data easily and efficiently.’
For more information on environmental monitoring systems readers are invited to visit: https://www.oceanwise.eu/software/port-log/
On 11 February the PAC published as evidence a National Audit Office memorandum titled:
The award of contracts for additional freight capacity on ferry services
The document is available here: www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/public-accounts/Correspondence/2017-19/Memorandum%20for%20PAC%20-%20The%20award%20of%20contracts%20for%20ferry%20services.pdf
PAC Chair Meg Hillier MP commented: ‘The scrapping of the Seaborne contract, and the NAO review we have published today, raise serious issues which we will explore at our session on progress with Brexit preparations on Wednesday (13 February).
It was announced on 8 February that IMO has launched a new logo for its Women in Maritime programme, as part of its mission to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Programme lead Helen Buni said: ‘The IMO Women in Maritime programme supports the participation of women in both shore-based and sea-going posts, under the slogan Training-Visibility-Recognition’, through a wide range of gender-specific activities. The new logo is just one visible part of the programme and will help women in maritime gain more visibility and exposure throughout the maritime sector and beyond.’