Weather forecasts are plentiful and readily available but there is very little information available to mariners about the ocean i.e. ocean currents, tides, waves and other phenomena. Tidetech was founded in order to fill this 'black hole' of oceanographic data by commercially creating data products to help improve the choice of routing of ships by making the most favourable use of tides and currents (weather conditions too) for the voyage in hand. Fuel savings at extremely low cost thus become available to the ship operators.
Routing display, North Atlantic track: Image courtesy of Tidetech
Tidetech has now teamed up up with Computer Aided Engineeringsoftware specialists NAPA to supply tidal current prediction data for route optimisation, initially for South East Asia and UK–Europe. The companies decided to join hands after a successful three-months trial aboard a cruise ship using Tidetech’s Singapore and Malacca Straits models.This new agreement between Tidetech an... [More]
Perpetual motion over the oceans in perfect silence with no helmsman seems like a stretch of the imagination at first sight, shades of the Marie Celeste, but the autonomous maritime drone has become a reality with Liquid Robotic’s Wave Glider which has been successfully operated by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, Woods Hole and others to obtain oceanographic research data.
Recently the California-based company, with a marine operations arm in Hawaii, announced it had gained a $22 million support investment from lead financier VantagePoint Capital Partners to work on the development of drones that may herald their deployment in diverse roles – naval warfare, customs and immigration surveillance, anti-terrorism, and anti-piracy.
Wave Glider – Photo: Liquid Robotics
Wave Glider Essentials
Current flagship Wave Glider is just 2.08 meters in length with a mass of 90 kg, while below a much smaller ‘glider&rs... [More]
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