A new service for shipping industry

Thu 17 May 2012

In another first of its kind product, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) scientists developed and released an “Ocean forecast system along the ship routes' a tailor-made service for navigational and operational safety of the shipping industry.

The product would provide ocean state parameters such as wave, swell, wind, sea surface temperature and high wave alert along the ship's route.

A foreign company was currently providing only wind and wave forecast whereas the product of INCOIS covered other important parameters, including the swell, according to its Director S.S.C. Shenoi.

Pointing out that swell waves were dangerous, he said that many a time the sea would appear to be calm but once in a while these high energy waves come along and bang the ship.

He said INCOIS was at present providing a three-day forecast by updating the information on daily basis. The forecasts have been validated using a few methods. The forecast will be sent through e-mail to the captain of the ship, according to Dr. T.M. Balakrishnan Nair, Head Information Services & Ocean Sciences Group.

Apart from shipping industry, the service will be useful to dredging firms, oil industries and those in energy

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