OceanWise and Valeport Supply Environmental Monitoring System to Harwich Haven Authority

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Posted February 5, 2019

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 ValeportTidestation. Housed within these tidal observation hubs are ValeportTideMaster 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 harbours since 2012.

Guy Frankland, Valeport marketing manager added: “Valeport has supplied HHA since the mid 1980’s with tide measurement instrumentation and this new dynamic environmental monitoring system delivered with OceanWise will be our third installation of tide gauges with HHA. Working with OceanWise we’re providing vital, accurate data in real-time which will enable precision planning and decision making at this busy port.”

Robert Proctor, Oceanographer at OceanWise said: “We are excited to be working with Valeport again delivering this dynamic new system to HHA who are an important new customer for us. We proudly work with over 70% of the UK’s major ports delivering fit for purpose systems and equipment, that helps our customers monitor the environment and share weather, tidal and other data easily and efficiently.”

For more information on environmental monitoring systems visit: Valeport Tide Gauges


About OceanWise

OceanWise Ltd is an independent company specialising in all aspects of marine environmental data acquisition, data and knowledge management and GIS providing customers with comprehensive and cost effective end-to-end marine and coastal data management and decision support including:

• Intelligent Marine Mapping (Raster Charts, Raster Charts XL, Marine Themes and Marine Themes DEM)

• Marine Data Management Policy and Strategy Advice and Training

• Enterprise GIS and Productivity Tools (Maritime Toolbar and Workflow Extensions)

• Environmental Data Sharing and Publishing (Ocean Database and Port-Log.net)

For more information about OceanWise, please contact Mr John Pepper, Marketing Director, at john.pepper@oceanwise.eu or visit www.oceanwise.eu


-Valeport is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation.

-Valeport designs and manufactures instrumentation for the oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric communities with a worldwide customer base that includes: defence, environmental, oil and gas, renewable energy, construction, dredging and civil engineering sectors.

-Valeport has supplied to the subsea sector since it was established in 1969. Now an independent, family owned business, Valeport employs more than 80 people from their base in Devon and works with a global network of agents to ensure a responsive and efficient worldwide service.

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