The project with on-board environmental monitoring of the sea state fits perfectly well with the GoTa Ship Management objective to actively support research and development relating to shipping and sustainability. The idea is also to be up-to-date with and contribute to sustainable development.
Research for better understanding of algae blooming and much more…
At GoTa Ship Management we push developments in sustainability and we want to take responsibility for the state of the oceans. That’s why we are so excited about our collaboration with the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI).
Tavastland could have been a regular RoRo vessel but it is not. She is a vessel that guards the sea while transporting paper and other products. At the depth of three meter under the water surface, sea water is constantly pumped into an on-board mini-laboratory.
The sea water is analysed automatically with respect to parameters such as salinity, temperature, turbidity, chemical and biological composition. Data is sent to the SMHI every 20 seconds. Real time data can be seen online at the Ferrybox web page.
Tavastland is regularly deployed on contract traffic on behalf of StoraEnso between North of Finland and the European continent. The project proceeds on the basis of placing environmental-monitoring equipment aboard vessels running on scheduled routes, removing the need for SMHI to dispatch its own surveillance vessels. The collaboration provides very frequent and cost-efficient access to environmental data.
References to picture:
1. Salinity meter, 2. Oxygen meter, 3. Flow meter, 4. CDOM meter, 5. Cyanobacteria measuring, 6. Chlorophyll measuring, 13. Refrigerator for water samples, 14. Refrigerator for water samples