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/
It was reported on 19 September that ABB will install the Port of Incheon’s first shore-to-ship power facility, enabling passenger vessels to cut emissions, noise and vibrations at the berth
ABB has secured the contract covering the Republic of Korea’s commitment to sustainable shore-to-ship power, after a pilot scheme for passenger ships to plug into the local grid received approval from Incheon Port Authority (IPA). (Our attached illustration is reproduced by kind permission of the Port of Incheon ©)
Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports commented: ‘As the first agreement covering shore-to-ship power in South Korea, this is a truly significant breakthrough for ABB. We are honoured to be selected by IPA to support their efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from ships, as well as moving towards increasingly sustainable port operations.’
In addition to a new $160 million ferry terminal opened in April 2019, the Port of Incheon inaugurated South Korea’s largest cruise terminal in June this year. Given its metropolitan location and IPA’s ambitions to develop its ‘Golden Harbor’ vision for Incheon as a new tourism hub for the Northeast Asia, environmental credentials rank highly in port priorities, it is reported.
At the start of this year’s London International Shipping Week on 9 September Nusrat Ghani, Maritime Minister, on behalf of the UK Government, confirmed that it will enable construction of a new advanced ship for the General Lighthouse Authority, Trinity House, to replace the ageing THV Patricia (illustrated, © Trinity House), built in 1982 by Henry Robb of Leith.
The new vessel, yet to be named, will provide and service aids to navigation in some of the most dangerous waters, marking channels and hazards and taking advantage of the latest technology.
Of this provision Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani, said: ‘Our maritime sector is crucial to UK trade with 95% of our imports and exports transported by sea. With our waters becoming busier all the time, dealing with incidents quickly and efficiently is more important than ever. This new ship will support the General Lighthouse Authority to help future-proof their fleet and continue to support maritime safety and trade for generations to come.’