• 2019 November 24 10:12

    Miros says WaveFinder boosts offshore operability by 15%

    Local wave and weather conditions are critical factors when undertaking offshore operations, and time is money when operators are waiting on weather. Real-time wave measurements can dispel some of the guesswork historically associated with the planning and execution of marine operations such as pipe laying, subsea installations, heavy lifting operations, work-overs, or inspections.

    Precise knowledge of the sea state during such operations is an essential requirement that only becomes more critical as offshore activities move into ever-greater water depths and hostile frontier areas. Without systematic, local environmental monitoring, marine operations sensitive to wind, wave height, wave period and vessel  motion can be subject to delays, cost overruns, safety issues, and asset damage.

    The solution is a reliable and accurate on-board system for continuous, real-time wave and motion monitoring and recording. The dry-mounted, radar-based Miros WaveFinder comprises a vertical radar and a high-performance motion sensor (MRU). The system measures air gap, i.e. the distance from the bow down to the water surface, wave height, wave period and vessel motion, all in real time.

    ALPHA FACTOR: EXPANDING WEATHER WINDOWS

    The "alpha factor for waves", is defined as the ratio between the operational limit and the design wave height. The objective of the standard is to ensure that marine operations are performed within defined and recognised safety levels. A vessel-mounted wave monitoring system can be used as a means to increase the "alpha factor". A  recently published paper from ocean surface monitoring specialist Miros confirms the significant value of real-time wave monitoring for  offshore operators. The research paper demonstrates that safety margins may be reduced, and weather window increased, by as much as 15%.

    Type tested and approved by DNV GL, the WaveFinder is capable of providing wave data of acceptable quality in sea states up to at least 6m significant wave height, replacing guesswork and assumptions with hard data and facts. The technology also eliminates the need for on-board meteorologists or costly wave buoys, enabling savings of up to 80%.

    WaveFinder is Cloud-integrated, allowing seamless sharing of data between the vessel and all other stakeholders off- and onshore. This allows for better decision-making based on common operational data. It also provides easily accessible historical data for better planning, tendering and even incident analysis.

    WaveFinder eliminates the need for on-board meteorologists or costly wave buoys, enabling savings of up to 80% (Based on annual buoy rental cost of USD 170,000 and a 4-hour average deployment and retrieval time).

    Miros is a technology company that specialises in measuring the ocean surface. The company provides sensors and systems for environmental monitoring to the global offshore and maritime industry. Miros' portfolio of dry sensors provides accurate, real-time data for weather sensitive operations offshore, as well as offering input to asset integrity systems and coastal monitoring. The primary applications of Miros' sensors include wave and current monitoring and oil spill detection.




2020 December 1

18:51 Kongsberg Digital announces release of first cloud-based simulation service for maritime radar training
18:32 Oil shipments via CPC Marine Terminal in 11M’20 fell by 5.8% YoY
18:16 ABP appoints new Divisional Port Manager for Wales & South West
17:59 Onezhsky Shipyard lays down second serial crab catching ship for Russian Crab Group
17:40 Rosmorport took part in discussion dedicated to Russia’s digital transport and logistics
17:26 Wilhelmsen's Additive Manufacturing service delivered CE-Certified 3D printed lifting tool for Wärtsilä
17:14 Stena Line takes delivery of third new ferry to join Irish Sea fleet in 2020
17:05 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Artemis with Glencore
16:43 Bunker prices rise in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
16:24 Sea Terminal “Tuloma” obtaines status of Arctic Capital PDA resident
16:18 NYK concludes long-term charter agreement for two methanol-fueled chemical tankers
16:05 Samskip ramps up presence in Central Eastern Europe
15:39 Ships of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet begin new training year in the Mediterranean
15:07 Georgia Ports Authority reaches a major milestone on its Mason Mega Rail Terminal
14:58 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to Canada, Mexico East Coast and USEC, USGULF & USWC
14:52 Zvezda Shipyard lays down yet another Aframax tanker for Sovcomflot
14:13 Small missile ship Ingushetia of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet returns from Mediterranean Sea
13:48 Astrol-2, second dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59, put into operation
13:27 Record number of 15 winners for MPA’s International Safety at Sea Awards
13:21 Turbine installation at Belgium’s largest offshore wind farm crosses the finish line
13:06 RS introduces requirements for additive manufacturing products
12:50 ICTSI Iraq delivers record performance
12:32 NOVATEK commenced LNG sales of ISO containers to China
12:30 Finnlines orders Wärtsilä engines and hybrid systems for its two new eco-friendly ferries
12:09 SITC International signs newbuilding contracts with Yangzijiang Shipbuilding
11:51 MOL completes new research and development center in Százhalombatta
11:30 Russian Railways' network loading fell by 3% in 11M’ 2020
11:07 Port of Mackay maintenance dredging set to begin
10:55 Damen supports 4th International Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” as its General Sponsor
10:38 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec. 1
10:22 Admiral Gennady Nevelskoy ferry completes its commissioning trials
10:04 Wan Hai Lines to launch China – East India V (CI5) Service
09:46 Minerva Bunkering introduces the Advanced Delivery Platform
09:40 Oil prices continue decreasing
09:23 Baltic Dry Index as of November 30
09:15 Five-year cooperation agreement signed between the ports of Marseille and Montreal
08:34 Traffic dues for Kiel Canal will be suspended until the end of 2021

2020 November 30

18:36 Mina Rashid retains its title as the world’s leading cruise port at the World Travel Awards 2020
18:07 Seagoing vessels will pay a single tariff at North Sea Port from 1 January 2021
17:55 DP World’s Jebel Ali Port joins International Association of Ports and Harbours
17:36 Brittany Ferries’ new ship sets sail online
17:13 IAPH climate and energy working groups meet
16:48 Gasum continues to expand bunkering services
16:40 RWE and DEME Offshore install collars on offshore foundations
16:25 Fair treatment of seafarers and the COVID-19 pandemic on IMO Legal Committee's agenda
16:01 Report on maritime automation legislation commissioned by Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications pays attention to ensuring safety
15:37 Rosmorport conducted pilotage and docking of LNG tankers to temporary LNG Offshore Transshipment Complex in Barents Sea
15:14 "Wind Hunter Project" starts zero-emission project with wind propulsion and hydrogen
14:52 Port of Gdansk expects its tonnage to exceed 48 million tonnes in 2020
14:39 ABS and DSME sign JDP to explore using solid oxide fuel cells on-board VLCCs
14:30 Gazprom posts RUB 202.21 billion loss in 9M’2020
14:04 Uralhimmash shipped new equipment for NOVATEK’s facility in Ust-Luga
13:41 Average spot market price for Russian M100 product climbed to RUB 14,029 pmt
13:20 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Polymnia with CLdN Cobelfret
12:56 Collaboration and digitalisation highlighted for Singapore’s maritime safety efforts at MPA’s International Safety@Sea Event
12:33 RF Government expands Vladivostok seaport territory
12:10 Abu Dhabi Ports supports the fight against COVID-19 with capacity to store and distribute 70M vaccines
11:49 LNG bunker fleet could increase fivefold by 2030
11:48 NIBULON launches a 90-m non-self-propelled vessel
11:27 RS optimizes Rules for Classification and Construction of Sea-Going Ships