Klaipėda Seaport to offer safer mooring for ships

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Intelligent engineering solutions company Fima has installed the first horizontal current profiling and wave measurement equipment near the entrance to Klaipėda Seaport, which will make ship traffic and mooring at the port safer. This device will furnish the ship traffic control service with accurate information on water currents across the navigational channel of the port. The actual data from the measurement equipment will be continuously displayed at the ship traffic control service’s workstations. This information will then be relayed to pilots so that they can arrange safer and more efficient ship traffic and mooring at quays.

“It is critical that the seaport staff is able to promptly register fluctuations in water currents, which requires reliable seaport hardware. The state-of-the-art ultrasonic profiling and wave measurement equipment will enable the staff to monitor currents as they occur with great precision, which will make controlling the ship traffic and mooring at the port easier,” said Algirdas Grincevičius, Director of Fima in the Klaipėda region.

The new equipment will help specialists accurately determine the direction and strength of sea currents at any point across the section of the navigational channel as far as 200 metres off the coastline. The measuring device has been deployed at a depth of 7 metres and can be easily lowered to the working position and then lifted back again via a stainless steel framework anchored to the quay.

According to Gediminas Skuodas, Deputy Head of the Technologies Department at Klaipėda State Seaport, the horizontal current meter will be much easier, cheaper and quicker to maintain, and the readings from the meter will help navigators and the port’s personnel with their work.