The Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth has been installed with new navigational lights in a £1.35 billion project involving more than 10,000 people.
Hydrosphere thinks it has the solution to the problem of marine navigation buoys wandering off station because of exposure to the elements at their location.
Navigation lights have been installed to help night sailors on the winding channel of the UK’s Beaulieu River as part of ongoing investment in the services and facilities for mooring holders and visitors arriving at the Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour on the river.
Five years ago Hydrosphere sold five Mobilis JET 9000 navigation buoys to be used as temporary navigation aids during the construction of a wind farm off Scotland’s East coast. That project was completed and the buoys spent a couple of years in storage, before the customer decided to sell.
According to Hydrosphere’s John Caskey, replacing navigation aids because of casualties often involves expenditure that hasn’t been budgeted for. Therefore it is no surprise that, given the choice, many harbour masters and port authorities opt for replacement buoys that come with the cheapest price tag.
Real time data stream technology developed by French buoy manufacturer Mobilis is now ready to be used offshore.
John Caskey, Managing Director at Hydrosphere, which supplies and maintains navigational aids has put together the following guide to navaid maintenance.
During October, the Canada-headquartered navigation technology company Sabik Offshore and Netherlands based outfit Orga Aviation launched a collaborative initiative to create and commercialise an integrated marine aids to navigation and aviation obstruction solution specifically designed to enable 'safe sea and air navigation in the vicinity of offshore wind farms.'
The Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest seaport recently hired French manufacturer of Aids to Navigation Mobilis to design and install a bespoke mooring system with more capacity to handle the increase in vessel numbers and size, and to replace single point mooring buoys with larger multiple point mooring buoys.
Aids to Navigation supplier Hydrosphere has signed an agreement at Seawork 2016 to be the sole UK and Ireland distributor for the French made FullOceans range of buoys.
When two new buoys able to withstand exposed conditions in the outer channel at Barmouth Harbour, Wales, UK were required, the Mobilis T1200 was an obvious choice.
Every marine operator and boat owner at some point has experienced problems and challenges associated with safe and secure mooring, changing tides, river levels and conditions.
New engineering methods are being used to cut costs and provide safer navigation. The developments have come about through collaboration between aids to navigation supplier Hydrosphere and ABP Southampton which manages and maintains the navigation lights and buoys in Southampton Water, UK and its approaches.
Hydrosphere’ s Andy Reid tells MJ that the company has recently deployed five buoys at the Greater Gabbard wind farm which have the ability to transmit information to a base station, such as correct position and functioning as well as whether they have been hit by a boat.
Hydrosphere will be using this year' s Seawork, its ninth consecutive appearance at the exhibition, to demonstrate its growing range of buoys, lights and auxiliary navigation products from Carmanah, Mobilis and Vega Industries.
Chichester Harbour Conservancy in West Sussex has installed a new Vega VLB-44 solar powered flashing LED light supplied by Hydrosphere UK Ltd.
Hampshire UK based Hydrosphere makes another short journey to Seawork 2008, where it will be exhibiting a selection of key products from its range of navigation buoys and lights on Stand 24.
Following the recent appointment of Hydrosphere, the Hampshire based manufacturer and supplier of aids to navigation and monitoring equipment, as the exclusive distributor of Mobilis products for the UK and Ireland, the two companies will share a much larger combined stand at seawork2003.
After a long winter of development, the hampshirebased navaids supplier Hydrosphere UK Ltd will launch a new range of low cost navigation and regulatory buoys on Stand 126 at seawork2002.
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