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Ocean Monitoring Applications

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    Water monitoring technology for coastal & estuary

    Measurement of water quality in coastal regions and estuaries is critical in the characterization of hypoxic ‘dead zones’ as a result of nutrient loading and algal blooms in the water bodies. Sediment loading analysis through turbidity measurement is also important for coastal trend identification and modeling. Hydrolab and Sea-bird Coastal offer a variety of multiparameter water quality instrumentation and nutrient sensors for long-term coastal applications.

    By The OTT Hydromet Group based in Kempten, GERMANY.

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    Mercury monitoring for ocean cruises

    Researchers at Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory used a Tekran 2600 on a 2009 ship cruise. Due to the low levels of mercury in water, Tekran provided them with a custom 2600 Event Table to pre-concentrate mercury from multiple samples to push the detection limit lower. When planning an ocean bound cruise, instrument dependability is a paramount concern. At sea, there is no possibility to return instrumentation to the manufacturer for quick repair. The Tekran 2600 has a well deserved reputation for dependability and performance. If any repairs are necessary, the instrument is highly user-serviceable and easy to maintain.

    By Tekran Instruments Corporation based in Toronto, ONTARIO (CANADA).

  • Instrumentation technologies for marine

    When ships discharge their bilge water the maximum level of hydrocarbons in the water is regulated by various Environmental Protection Agencies, for example there is a limit of 15ppm enforced by the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) in all international waters.  Companies breaching these limits are liable to significant fines. Further regulations have been introduced to control the use of bunker fuels. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the IMO has approved proposed amendments to the MARPOL Annex VI regulations to reduce harmful emissions from ships.

    By Advanced Sensors Ltd. - part of PAC L.P. based in Carrickfergus, UNITED KINGDOM.

  • Seawatch Applications

    Fugro OCEANOR SEAWATCH systems have been installed in numerous countries around the world. They have an impressive operational record from the roughest seas worldwide, the Arctic and the Tropics, to the coastal zones.

    • Monitor meteorological, oceanographic, water quality conditions
    • Detect tsunamis
    • Monitor algae blooms
    • Improve coastal zone management
    • Assist with oil spill contingency planning and forecasting

    By Fugro OCEANOR AS based in Trondheim, NORWAY.

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