Marine operations are particularly sensitive to environmental and weather conditions. Undertaking real-time measurements and analysis, and forming appropriate risk assessments based on wind and weather data can help to eliminate or mitigate the potential challenges of project delays, cost overruns, property damages and safety – as well as take some of the guesswork out of the “waiting game”.

Time is money, as they say… and in unpredictable weather situations in marine operations, this could not be truer. We’re living in a time when, as Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty report in their annual Safety and Shipping Review, superstorms and unstable climate patterns pose ever-greater challenges for companies operating in the maritime sector. There is tremendous scope for unanticipated downtime – and accompanying loss – due to bad marine conditions.

For marine operations that are particularly sensitive to environmental and weather conditions, such as wind, wave height, wave period and vessel motions, systematic monitoring is essential from end-to-end throughout operations.  What’s at stake without this insight? No surprises here:

  • Project delays
  • Cost overruns
  • Safety
  • Property damages

Many unpredictable factors conspire when it comes to weather and wave conditions, but undertaking real-time measurements and analysis, and forming appropriate risk assessments based on these data can help to eliminate or mitigate the aforementioned potential challenges – and take some of the guesswork out of the “waiting game”.

Expanding marine operations’ operational parameters

The Miros WaveFinder™ shipboard wave monitoring system can deliver the kind of insight that helps eliminate waiting and maximizes efficiencies. How? For example, thanks to better pinpoint-accuracy in real-time wave monitoring, the Alpha factor is increased, allowing for reduced safety margins and a widening of weather windows of as much as 15%. The ultimate outcome is that marine operations can use continuous real-time sea state monitoring to continue to work in sea states closer to the maximum limit/wave height set. Modern technology has meanwhile eliminated the need for expensive wave buoys or full-time, onboard meteorologists.

In its latest release, the WaveFinder™ has full cloud-integration allowing seamless sharing of data between the vessel and all other stakeholders offshore or onshore. This allows for better decisions, based on common operational data, as well as easily accessible historical data for planning, tendering and even incident analysis.

The future is in the cloud. If you want to find out more about our ship-borne wave sensors and related cloud solutions, please get in touch (sales@miros-group.com) to learn how we can help increase weather windows and reduce waiting on weather.

 

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