Falmouth is the third largest natural harbour in the world and is an extremely busy port providing facilities for large commercial vessels, recreational craft and superyachts.
It is operated by Falmouth Harbour Commissioners (FHC) with whom Triskel Marine Limited (TML) have worked closely to provide a broad range of instrumentation and monitoring to facilitate monitoring and management of the port.
TML has installed a wide range of monitoring instrumentation around the harbour, all of which reports back to a dedicated website. This allows the port authorities to see all key information at a glance for both current and historical conditions.
The range of monitoring instrumentation installed at Falmouth harbour is as follows:
- An autonomous weather station on the ‘Black Rock’ navigational mark at the entrance to the harbour, measuring wind speed (average & gusts), wind direction, atmospheric pressure, temperature and local system battery voltage.
- Tidal height measurement station mounted on Custom House quay.
- A mobile data buoy with both a weather station and a current speed/direction sensor, typically positioned at a variety of locations in the inner harbour.
- A second mobile data buoy with both a current speed/direction sensor and a turbidity probe (for monitoring effects of dredging operations) also typically positioned at a variety of locations in the inner harbour.
The Falmouth installation has been running for over 5 years and is a key tool for the harbour’s management team.