Environmental monitoring of major redevelopment at Dublin Port

Created on Friday, 06 October 2017 16:31
Written by Gillian Mills

Marine data products and services provider, Techworks Marine Limited, is to provide environmental monitoring platforms during Dublin Port Company’s redevelopment of Alexandra Basin.

Techworks Dublin Port

Deployment of a Techworks Marine CoastEye Monitoring Buoy in Dublin Bay  

Assisted by Commissioner of Irish Lights Vessel, Granuaile, four CoastEye Monitoring Buoys will be strategically positioned around Dublin Bay to give real-time detailed sea-state data on turbidity, wave and current profiles. The buoys will also act as a platform for acoustic detection of whale and dolphin activity throughout the project.

Techworks Marine supplies marine data solutions to clients throughout Ireland and as far afield as Sweden, Turkey and Jamaica – all connected to Dublin through its CoastEye Global Monitoring Portal. Based in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, the company was recently voted among the top 100 marine companies globally by Marine Technology Reporter magazine.

“This new contract will now showcase our proven capability in the development of robust, reliable and secure marine data systems right here on our own foreshore in Dublin Bay,” explains Charlotte O’Kelly, managing director and co-founder.

“As an Irish company, we are extremely proud to have been awarded this contract, and we have deliberately made an effort to team up with other innovative Irish companies to provide cutting-edge, best-in-class solutions, to ensure our clients will have robust, reliable and secure marine data for the full contract duration,” she adds.

Two of the buoys will be tethered using a new innovative mooring system from Irish start-up company, TFI Marine. The system “significantly reduces” peak loading, and simultaneously being elastomer, provides a more silent mooring, thus enabling improved acoustic monitoring,” Noel Halloran, CEO of TFI Marine explains.

The buoys will send data to Techworks cloud-based CoastEye Global Monitoring Portal via 4G networks or via satellite every 20 minutes, explains Phil Trickett, CTO and co-founder.

“Our clients, Dublin Port and their environmental specialists, will be able to monitor the environment continuously at the offshore site. These buoys will continue monitoring over the coming period of years and are a major asset to ensure environmental protection and will provide unique datasets,” he adds.