New Wave Media

February 6, 2019

OceanWise, Valeport Supply Monitoring System for HHA

  • Photo courtesy of Valeport
  • Photo courtesy of Valeport
  • Photo courtesy of Valeport Photo courtesy of Valeport
  • Photo courtesy of Valeport Photo courtesy of Valeport

Harwich Haven Authority (HHA) has chosen OceanWise to supply, install and maintain new tide and weather systems at the 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 through its area.

The bespoke system for HHA uses the latest technology to measure tide, weather and wave conditions at Harwich and 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 24/7 operational needs.The integrated system provided by OceanWise was 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 GPRS using OceanWise’s smart telemetry and is transmitted to OceanWise’s cloud-based data management and display system, Port-Log.net 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.

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 harbors since 2012.