Tideland navaids at Offshore Energy13
Wed, 04 September 2013
The Tideland SolaNOVA-65 lantern, which warns off craft in the region of dolphins' habitat, is a self-powered unit incorporating solar panels and an integral battery
Tideland Signal will be showing its comprehensive range of aids to navigation (AtoN) equipment and systems for offshore oil and gas platforms, offshore wind farms, ports and harbours on stand 11.012 at Offshore Energy 13 at the Amsterdam RAI from 15-16 October.
Tideland Signal has many years' experience protecting offshore installations of every type around the globe with AtoN lanterns, buoys, radar beacons, fog stations, solar power systems and AIS (Automatic Identification Systems). Among the team manning the stand will be Jansen Marine Agencies B.V., Tideland's agent in the Netherlands.
In the renewables sector, Tideland systems have been selected for a number of complete OWFs and the company's comprehensive range now includes lighting for helicopter operations and aviation obstruction lights (AOL). All equipment complies with National Authority requirements as well as the International Association of Lighthouse Authority's (IALA) Recommendation O-139 covering the marking of man-made offshore structures.
A highlight of the Tideland stand will be the latest Nova-65, a compact lantern featuring proprietary optics which provide a 360° beam at 5°, 10°, 20° or 30° vertical divergence. The 5° or 10° divergence lens is suitable for fixed aids to navigation while the 10°, 20° or 30° lens provides exceptional performance on buoys.
Tideland will also be highlighting the equipment and services provided by its Power Systems Division. These include Solar PV, Hybrid Solar PV and its new range of zone 1 PV modules.
Tideland Signal’s mission is accomplished with the support of its subsidiary Safe Sea Services along with its partner Floatex S.R.L.
Tideland Signal's self-contained SolaNOVA-65 lanterns mounted on Floatex elastic beacons are being used in Genoa University's Arion Life project designed to protect dolphins swimming in the Mediterranean.
The main objective of the project is to improve the conservation status of bottlenose dolphin, as well as other cetaceans and turtles that are protected by habitat legislation but very exposed to threats from human activity and resource exploitation. The project is designed to address the dangers posed by commercial and leisure craft, including collisions and noise pollution. It focuses on areas with a high level of tourism and fishing activity such as Portofino, where the first of the two buoys has been installed.
The Floatex buoys are positioned to warn commercial shipping as well as fishing and sport boats away from the most sensitive habitat areas. In addition to Tideland's powerful LED lanterns, they carry a range of electronic equipment, including underwater microphones. This is part of an automatic communication system that identifies the presence of the dolphins and reports back to a dedicated web site which is also accessible via screens located in local yacht havens