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/
At its 2019 AGM held in the Faroe Islands in week ending 15 June representatives of the world’s national shipowners’ associations reviewed the priorities of the global shipowners’ association, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).
Sadly, the ICS Annual General Meeting was overshadowed by the attacks against two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and the very serious threat this presents to the lives of seafarers and maritime trade.
Action on CO2 Reduction
ICS agreed a suite of actions in support of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy to decarbonise international shipping in line with the United Nations 1.5 degree climate change goal.
Speaking from the Faroe Islands, ICS Chairman, Esben Poulsson (illustrated) said: ‘It is imperative that IMO Member States adopt a new global regulation to mandate further short term CO2 reduction measures at the next session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee in 2020. This should deliver further CO2 reductions by 2023 to help us meet the IMO target set for 2030. We will work with a broad coalition of governments to produce a comprehensive proposal that can be submitted to IMO in September this year.’
Pan-European multimodal service provider Samskip have indicated experience gained up to 31 March 2019 find it fully prepared for a North Sea container traffic surge, as attitudes harden in the run up to October’s revised UK Brexit deadline. (An illustration of Samskip’s traffic is provided here with thanks ©)
Europe’s largest multimodal transport group by freight volume reports that it expects UK exporters and importers to start switching away from trailers and towards containerisation, repeating a trend established in the run-up to the original deadline for Brexit of 31 March this year.
David Besseling, Samskip UK Trade Manager commented: ‘We saw a significant push in container volumes up to March 2019, especially into Hull, as decision-makers facing uncertainty opted for the reliability and proven procedures of container shipping. Concerns over supply chain security are fast re-emerging.’
Besseling reflected that stockpiling contributed to the earlier traffic surge, but added that the experience also confirmed robustness in new Hull-Ghent and Hull-Amsterdam links established by Samskip at the end of 2018. The services add to existing high-frequency connections between Rotterdam, Tilbury, Hull and Grangemouth.