Near Real-time Data from Dubai

As part of its Coastal Zone Monitoring Programme, the Marine Works Unit of the Dubai Municipality has set up a website ( which enables viewers to watch near real-time video of wave conditions along the Jumeirah coastline. The video pictures are obtained by two cameras mounted on the Burj al Arab hotel on Jumeirah Beach and are part of a general programme to broaden the Municipality's knowledge of the physical processes at work within the Dubai coastal zone. Other near real-time information that can be accessed from the website includes data on wave heights, water levels, wind, pressure and temperature.... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

Thales Completes Thames Measurement Programme

Thales Geosolutions environmental and metocean services division has recently successfully completed a thirteen-month long oceanographic measurement programme in the outer Thames estuary. The programme was conducted for Hydrosearch and is part of a pre-development study for the erection of an offshore wind farm. Using its dedicated data processing facilities based at its offices in Cape Town, Thales delivered a comprehensive range of product services to complement the measurement programme. In addition to using manufacturer-supplied software, Thales has developed Matlab-based data processing software to conduct rigorous quality control on data and present it in whatever format is required by the client.... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

MSI and AMI Join Forces

Metocean Services International (Pty) Ltd (MSI) have signed an agreement with Aerospace & Marine International for the provision of weather forecasts to the international offshore oil and gas industry. Clients of MSI will receive custom forecasts accessible via secure web servers or distributed via e-mail and/or fax. Forecasts may be presented in text and graphical formats for easy dissemination and application, featuring: Wind speed and direction Sea height and period Primary and secondary swell height, direction and period Combined wave heights Visibility 24-hour access to custom forecasts via any Internet-connected computer Clients' unique information needs (read more)
2004-02-02 12:00:00

Measuring Waves in Makassar Strait

Fugro GEOS has successfully completed an oceanographic programme measuring surface and internal waves in the Makassar Strait, offshore East Kalimantan, Indonesia for the Total E&P Indonesia-Donggala project. The measurements were made using a single oceanographic mooring deployed in about 1,900m of water and serviced on a regular two-monthly basis over the ten-month period of the programme. The mooring had nineteen instruments configured to measure currents, waves, tidal elevations and seawater properties throughout the water column. The instruments consisted of ADCPs (acoustic Doppler current profilers), conventional rotor current meters, temperature sensors and a water level recorder. An important aspect of the... (read more)
2004-02-02 12:00:00

NetSurvey Multibeam Advances

NetSurvey have recently completed two contrasting projects which they claim advance multibeam technology. The first project was for Pacific Engineering Company (PECO) in Russia and involved supplying personnel, software and multibeam hardware for an Ice Scour survey prior to pipelay operations. The survey, using Reson’s 8125 highest resolution multi-beam echosounder, identified sand wave fields whose height was only 3cms and easily determined the 20-30 cm deep ice scours. A total of nearly 1.8 Billion soundings were collected over the 31 days of survey, which works out at an average of 660 soundings per second. This data was handled by a... (read more)
2004-02-02 12:00:00

Weather-critical Planner

ARGOSS has launched a new service to support planning of weather-critical operations. For tendering and planning of operations at sea you need to know the feasibility of your operation as well as the risks associated with the operation. Weather (waves and wind) is an important factor to consider; costs may increase significantly while waiting for workable conditions. ARGOSS can support definition of operation criteria for workable conditions and assess the probabilities of limiting conditions in relation to these defined criteria using quality-checked, in-house global wave and wind measurements, global satellite-corrected wave hindcast models and expertise in climate and risk assessment.... (read more)
2004-02-02 12:00:00

Titan Now Looking to the Middle East

As a key provider of marine site investigation surveys during Round 1 of the offshore windfarm developments in the UK, Northern Ireland and Eire, Titan Environmental Surveys is now poised for Round 2. Indeed, a teaming agreement with Vosper Thornycroft for use of the R.V. Prince Madog provides 24 hour capability. Titan also provides services to the tidal and wave power sectors. Titan are now looking to the Middle East to offer their valuable experience gained from supporting engineering and environmental consultancies, water companies, telecommunication companies, government bodies, marine renewables industry and ports & harbour authorities. Providing quality assured services,... (read more)
2004-03-03 12:00:00

NOAA Real-time Wave Monitoring

The NOAA National Ocean Service, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) has installed a real-time wave/current measurement system in the Chesapeake Bay (MD, USA) using a bottom-mounted RD Instruments ADCP to measure complete frequency-direction wave spectra along with the current profiles. The acoustic modem, with its wireless connection, is a method for data communication between the ADCP and the surface buoy, eliminating the need for underwater cables that are expensive to install and maintain. However, the huge amount of data generated from the wave measurement may pose a serious challenge to the acoustic modem's robustness and power requirement.... (read more)
2004-03-03 12:00:00

Seatronics and OSIL Celebrate Multi-million Dollar Environmental Contract in Kuwait

Seatronics Limited and OSIL (Ocean Scientific International Ltd.) announced a major contract with the Environmental Public Authority (EPA) in Kuwait at the world’s largest marine science and ocean technology exhibition, Oceanology International in London. The two companies have been chosen as principal suppliers to one of Kuwait’s most significant environmental monitoring programmes. The contract, which is valued in excess of US $3m, is being handled by Kuwait agents, Golden Shahin Environmental & Industrial Consulting Centre. Over the years, Kuwait’s marine environment has suffered damage following a combination of the Gulf War, industrialisation and residential development. The EPA is conducting a... (read more)
2004-03-19 12:00:00

ChartCo Announces Upgrade to MetManager Service

ChartCo has announced an upgrade to its MetManager service. The new version will include improved weather modelling, 12 hours forecasting intervals and high-resolution maps with a choice of projections. The weather routeing facility now allows the user to set No-Go Areas, Thresholds for wave height and wind speed and ETA Constraints. Routes are stored in XML format and may be exchanged with other systems. Twice daily broadcasts of the synopsis and forecast will be available towards the end of the year. Access to the service is be fully inclusive fixed cost subscription agreements. The broadcast facility allows large areas of... (read more)
2004-05-14 12:00:00
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