New Data Buoy from OSIL

OSIL have recently released the latest addition to their range of data buoys. The Rapid Deployment Buoy is for use in applications where data need to be obtained as soon as possible, and where other data collection systems are out of action for short periods of time.     This small, lightweight buoy is designed for up to four weeks of constant use, and carries a small solar panel with battery backup. Its size and weight make it ideal for one person to handle in the field, and its single point mooring makes for easy deployment and recovery.   The... (read more)
2009-11-05 09:56:23

Weather Buoy Improves Maritime Safety

It was blowing a gale with six metre waves in the area when the ship "MS Server" was stranded off the island of Fedje in January 2007. Now, a weather buoy, located on the open waters immediately west of Fedje, measures wind direction and wind speed, visibility, wave height and ocean current at several levels.   The information is sent in real-time to ships in the area, but it does require that ships have an up-to-date electronic chart.   The Norwegian Coastal Administration is responsible for the national wave and current warning service. The buoy project takes place in cooperation... (read more)
2008-08-07 09:28:12

200th TRIAXYS Wave Buoy

AXYS Technologies (AXYS, Canada) has recently surpassed the construction of its 200th TRIAXYS Directional Wave Buoy. These buoys are deployed worldwide gathering wave data for renewable energy potential, research and impact studies, marine operations and general marine safety.   TRIAXYS was created by AXYS in conjunction with the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada in the late 1990s. It is a precision instrument incorporating advanced technologies that make it an easy to use, rugged, yet economical buoy for accurate measurement of directional waves. In 2006 the TRIAXYS was engineered to incorporate a current profiler in order to measure both waves... (read more)
2011-07-25 11:17:41

Wind Resource Assessment Buoy Validation

AXYS Technologies Inc announced today the deployment of the world’s first offshore wind resource assessment buoy - the WindSentinel - off Race Rocks Island in the coastal waters of British Columbia, Canada. The buoy has been deployed for validation testing prior to its commercial launch. The validation tests are designed to compare wind data collected by a LIDAR on the moving buoy to wind data collected from a second, stationary LIDAR on Race Rocks Island, 0.5km away. The test site at Race Rocks Island was specifically chosen to thoroughly test the buoy's capabilities. The waters surrounding Race Rocks see currents... (read more)
2009-10-27 12:18:04

AIS Tracking Drift Buoy Test

At sea testing was performed of the new AADI Drift and Personnel Tracking Buoy at the Goliath Oil Field in the Barents Sea to demonstrate the systems performance under design conditions. Mother Nature provided exceptional weather conditions to challenge any systems capability with high winds and heavy seas.   The buoys transmitted GPS position, speed and direction via AIS and Iridium communication systems. Once the signals from the targets were picked up at a distance of 7NM, the contact with the buoys was never lost.   Weather conditions proved to be more demanding than initially planned. Instead of moderate to... (read more)
2009-04-02 01:20:16

Multiple Data Collection Buoy Order

AXYS Technologies has been awarded a large contract from Telecom Italia (Milan, Italy) to design, build, deliver and deploy seventeen data collection buoy platforms. This recent award is the extension of a previous order to AXYS for the supply of 25 directional wave monitoring buoys.     In this application AXYS will provide its 1.7 metre diameter WatchKeeper buoy platform. This platform is powered by an eco-friendly solution that uses photovoltaic solar panels and rechargeable batteries. The main on-board sensors include a TRIAXYS directional wave monitoring device and a Gill Windsonic wind sensor. Near real-time data is sent via VHF... (read more)
2009-06-16 04:29:45

UV Nitrate Sensor Added to Buoy System

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA, USA) Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) is a network of observing platforms that deliver meteorological, oceanographic and water-quality data live to the web at hourly intervals. The network has recently come under budgetary pressure and has been threatened with closure. In a cooperative effort to highlight the utility and value of the system, Satlantic (Canada) has recently partnered with CBIBS Project Manager Doug Wilson to provide a SUNA UV nitrate sensor for the Susquehanna site. It is hoped that the addition of the real-time continuous nutrient time series data will help promote the... (read more)
2012-07-23 12:02:22

Deployment of Another NOAA WatchKeeper 'Smart' Buoy

NOAA's Chesapeake Bay office, led by Mr. Doug Wilson and assisted by Don Bryan of AXYS, has successfully deployed the fifth Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) Smart Buoy at Havre de Grace, Maryland, near the mouth of the Susquehanna River.                           The buoy was deployed in approximately 20 metres of water and was outfitted with a series of oceanographic and meteorological sensors. Immediately following the deployment, a cell phone call was made to the Smart buoy over the Verizon cell network and live data of the local marine... (read more)
2008-10-22 09:26:36

Satellite Data Links for Ice-Monitoring Buoy

Iridium Satellite and service provider Marlink are providing two-way data communications with a remote unmanned buoy measuring ice thickness in the Arctic Ocean as part of a program aimed at detecting climate change at high latitudes. The Sea Ice Thickness Observation System (SITHOS) was developed by Christian Michelson Research (CMR), a Norwegian scientific research organisation. It was deployed in late 2005 at 84 degrees north and 60 degrees west. The buoy contains two-axis tilt sensors that measure the resonant frequency of deep-water waves under the ice. These waves are typically 300 metres long and only one millimetre deep. The raw... (read more)
2006-10-17 12:00:00

Measuring Buoy Monitoring Turbidity at Dredging Sites

Transmitting turbidity data every half hour, blinking at dusk and being anchored with a 100kg weight: these are the characteristics of a buoy intended for long-term turbidity measurements. Dredging is a common and economically viable solution for the removal and subsequent treatment of contaminated sediment. Turbidity is thus an ideal surrogate for simple assessment of general water quality and effects of sediment disturbance. MacArtney’s German subsidiary, MBT GmbH, has manufactured this turbidity monitoring buoy, which is intended for deployment for accompanying environmental monitoring during dredging. Being deployed as a surface buoy, the compact sized, autonomous buoy system intended for determining... (read more)
2016-09-29 01:46:52
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