Fri 09 Nov 2018 12:10:00 PM EET
A smart navigation buoy system has started in October to deliver real-time measurement data via satellite of oil and some other water quality parameters in the Baltic Sea water. It is located in south of Helsinki in the Gulf of Finland. The monitoring data gives later great advantages to oil spill response actions of authorities and it eases revealing illegal oil discharges. The system is part of the SYKE’s Grace project cooperation and it is made by Meritaito Ltd. The data is freely available in Internet.
The test data of the smart navigation buoy system is freely available in www.luodedata.fi
User name: grace / password: oil
Photo: The yellow Smart buoy is located south of Helsinki, but quite far out facing the open sea, close to main farway to south.
The real-time remote measurement is a big advance in oil detection and environmental monitoring. It is significantly quicker with satellite data transfer and can provide more accurate data compared to old systems. A network of oil detecting smart buoys could easily be used to form an early warning system for oil pollution. The sooner oil spill response is started the better are the results.
The Meritaito (SeaHow) Smart Buoy concept is a combination of a polyethylene navigation buoy and modern sensor technology with wireless real-time data delivery. The concept has been tested and found to be reliable earlier with other sensors for different qualities. This time the test will give information on the durability and reliability of the oil monitoring sensors.
SeaHow navigation buoys are designed for ice covered areas and therefore high sea is not a problem for the buoy itself. The first oil-detecting Smart Buoy was deployed in 2016 near the Neste Refinery at Porvoo in the Gulf of Finland. The data was then delivered by the GSM network instead of satellite data transfer.
The on-line oil monitoring data can e.g. later be linked directly to the awareness system of the oil spill response authorities. Buoys placed along fairways and monitoring 24/7 could also reveal and confirm illegal oil discharges. Furthermore the results can be used by e.g. ports that are requested to survey an area where they are active. The monitoring data is also valuable for the environmental authorities responsible for assessing the environmental status of the marine environment.
The Smart Buoy technology for monitoring of oil is being developed within the EU Horizon 2020-funded project GRACE coordinated by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. The Finnish company Meritaito Ltd-SeaHow and their subcontractor Luode Consulting Oy are responsible for the Smart Buoy development work.
The GRACE project - Integrated oil spill response actions and their environmental effects - started in the spring of 2016 and focuses on developing, comparing and evaluating the effectiveness and environmental effects on different oil spill response methods in cold climate. Furthermore the project develops real-time observation of underwater oil spills and a strategic tool for choosing oil response methods. Read more in project’s web site www.grace-oil-project.eu
Kirsten Jørgensen, GRACE project coordinator, SYKE, +358 295 251 245, email@example.com
Seppo Virtanen, SeaHow by Meritaito +358 408 232 122, firstname.lastname@example.org