Offshore Monitoring & Remote Sensing
Capt.Sekhar, Director, AlphaMERS

Applications of offshore monitoring are applied in reducing the risk of oil spills, monitoring weather at the pilot station of a port, security application, mitigating the prospect of terrorist attacks, monitoring of thermal effluents from coastal power plants etc. In this the data is stored and it can be retrieved according to user’s needs. This article throws light on the offshore monitoring technology.

Technology in remote monitoring has come of age. Its useful applications increase in the marine and offshore sector by the day, where accessibility and weather windows are quite often in ‘erratic supply’. The solution for every requirement is always a suitable combination of a platform (often a buoy), with sensors, power management systems, data management systems and data telemetry system.

The monitoring system is configured to store data for later retrieval or real time transmission to the user’s PC. Data is stored for transmission in intervals from ten minutes to daily or weekly. Else data is stored and periodically it is retrieved in intervals that could vary from weekly to quarterly. Much depends on the user’s needs, whether data is for record keeping and historical analysis or real time needs like security and environmental monitoring. The configuration of the system, data storage and telemetry requirements are configured accordingly.

One popular application is monitoring the weather at the pilot station of the port, which lies at an exposed and distant location. The harbor master of a port is able to sit in his office and watch the parameters on his monitor. These parameters are wind speed, wave or swe