Techworks Marine launches wave buoy in Port of Cork

TechWorks Marine, a leader in Metocean data networking, was recently awarded a contract to design and deploy an operational wave buoy by the Port of Cork to be deployed at Roche’s Point on the approach to Cork Harbour.

As the wave climate in Ireland takes its toll on equipment, a large platform was recommended in order to survive the heavy weather and maximise visibility of the data buoy to the ships using the harbour on a daily basis.

The configurable monitoring platform is designed around the TechWorks Marine TMBB-Data Acquisition and Transmission system. The TMBB is a robust, reliable and scalable data acquisition system, which ensures the ongoing collection and transmission of quality assured data to enable clients to make informed decisions linked to their commercial activity.

Already operational, data is being transmitted in real-time every 20 minutes to the Port of Cork operations station.  The inertial wave sensor used on the buoy is the SeaView Systems SVS-603.  The Mobilis Jet 9000 buoy, Hull, was selected as the most robust and reliable platform for such long term operational deployment.

The engineering team at TechWorks Marine carried out the full system integration and testing and extensive onsite training was provided, combined with detailed hardware and software documentation.  The modular structure of the TMBB system means the TechWorks Marine Data buoy can be easily upgraded in the future with additional meteorological and oceanographic sensors.

Charlotte O’Kelly, CEO of TechWorks Marine, said the wave buoy was deployed operationally following initial on-site testing by TechWorks Marine.  Ms O’Kelly added: “At present, the data buoy reports directly to the Port of Cork operations centre from where its data is used to ensure the safety of ships coming in and out of the harbour.”

Port of Cork Harbour Master, Captain Paul O Regan, said of the wave buoy: “To date the wave data we have collected has been extremely useful with regards to our shipping operations. Safety is our first priority at the Port of Cork and this technology will assist us as we see larger vessels arriving into the port.”