­

Sea-based commerce and trade transport accounted for 99% of the total volume (45 million tonnes) and 95% of the total value (€128 billion) of the goods traded (imports/exports) in Ireland in 2010. Therefore, Irelands Sea Lines of Communications including harbour channel traffic are critical to our existence in Ireland. Millions of tons of cargo on ocean-going ships pass through major shipping channels that spans the length of port’s waters.

 

These large cargo ships are difficult to manoeuvre, especially in narrow channels, and so they pose safety risks to recreational boaters in smaller vessels.

Taking all necessary steps to stay

Read more

Screen Shot 2014 05 28 at 19.45.23

Henrique de Boer is an  student with Cork Institute of Technology from Brasil. But for us in SEA-Tech he is a well qualified colleague, actively contributing to the SeaFi project in Cork harbour. He follows a long tradition of technicians and engineers who learnt their professionnal skills in SEA-Tech. Their names are Camille, Antoine, Valerian, Philip, Peter, Levente...

Never a dull moment in SEA-Tech, it is actually Levente Laposi who coined this expression! It is true a student in SEA-Tech has never spent long making photocopies or filling papers. Instead we board ships, work on quays, trawlers, islands, lighthouses... Learning

Read more

Here she comes… early start in Cork harbour, the first liner of the year has arrived, 69,130 tons of luxury carrying up to 2,074 passengers. Its facilities include a golf course, a theater and cinema, a solarium, two pools, a spa, a fitness center, a 2 story dining room called the Romeo & Juliet, the Windjammer Cafe, 4 themed bars, a shopping center, a piano bar, an observation center, and even a rock-climbing wall. During the winter period the ship is based at Fort Lauderdale for Caribbean cruises. In the summer period in 2014 she'll offer cruises to Northern Europe where she

Read more

celtic-voyager-seafiThese days, we've been working aboard RV Celtic Voyager. It reminded me those eight millimetres movies my dad used to play for us, "le monde du silence". RV Calypso was a former British Royal Navy minesweeper converted in the 50's into a research vessel for the oceanographic researcher Jacques-Yves Cousteau, equipped with a mobile laboratory for underwater field research. It has been been a model for marine researchers around the world for decades.

 

calypsoDid you know former MP, Thomas "Loel" Guinness bought Calypso in July 1950 and leased her to Cousteau for a symbolic one franc a year. He

Read more

CoastalStaWe are setting up a few new SeaFi coastal stations in Cork Harbour, the SeaFi Horizon network allow vessels equipped with S360 antennas to get a wireless data signal from the Cork Buoy outside the harbour all the way to Ringaskiddy but in a couple of month, it will extend to Tivoli Dock.

 

The wireless radio  signal delivers to the bridge of ships in range, a flow of information, such as wind direction, temperature, wave-height, or IP camera images, we have located around the harbour over the past few months.

SeaFi Horizon can also be connected to the internet, with

Read more


Sounding of ship's bells and whistles is part of the life of aship, in the history and tradition of the maritime industry, time keeping has a long tradition. In fact, when you cannot sea out there, time could drive the ship, submarine navigation relied for years on a good chronometer and charts... Dead reckoning is the process of calculating one's current position by using a previously determined position, or fix, and advancing that position based upon known or estimated speeds over elapsed time and course. Easier said than done believe me... Nevertheless time is key on a ship and since the

Read more


SeaFi-IMERC-Innovation-2013-technoblog
L-R: Karyn Morrissey, University of Liverpool; Paul Butler, Enterprise Ireland; Arnaud Disant, Sea-Fi / SEA-Tech; David McDonald, Sea-Fi, Donagh Buckley, EMC; and Gillian Keating, Cork Chamber of Commerce. Credit photo: Navy Press Office

Around 2005, having learnt my trade (messaging) in ISOCOR for a few years, I started going around coining the terms Marine IT which soon became Marine ICT as communications are now part of Information Technology (IT). Needingless to say the idea of sending an email at sea at the time sounded ludicrous to most seafarers. People kept telling me it would not work, a computer would never float. I

Read more

Over the summer we kept talking about Bruno Sroka and his incredibly daring France to Ireland crossing under a kite surf using nothing but the wind and his incredible courage to cross the seas. After a few month of work we are glad to announce Bruno has released a brand new website.

Now fully availble in English as well as French, Bruno's new website also talks about Ireland...

Visit Bruno's new website

 

We are big fans of Bruno's photos and we are trying to get Bruno back to Ireland soon (on a plane this time). Don't forget to bookmark: http://www.brunosroka.com/

Read more

Eight bells, end of the middle watch...20130903 061814

Today started bright and early (04:00hrs), Stephen Hyde the circum navigator keeps reminding me a good day should always start with a walk, it freshen up the mind and gets the body in motion. The image of a skipper walking the cockpit from port to starboard and back is somehow amusing. Since he once had me scrubbing decks with fresh water in the middle of Atlantic, the amusement never last long, combat ships have treadmills and cruiseliners fully equiped gymnasiums. Stephen probably did many deckwalks during the 1083 days he travelled around the

Read more

gerryOWhile most of the week was spent with the Irish Navy preparing LE Orla for next week sea trials of SeaFi, today we have connected M.T. Gerry O'Sullivan to the Port of cork SeaFi network.

 

A day aboard a tug is always a treat if you have the mind of an engineer. At first sight a tug is designed to pull and that's about it. But it does far more than just that... Pulling, pushing, firefighting, rescue, salvage, they can do it all. To gain the services of a pilot, vessels in and out Cork harbour must contact

Read more

6 to 36 volts and nothing else... 

{youtube}xwsJWiaFzI8{/youtube}
Fisheries in the UK monitoring

 

Succorfish is one of the world's leading tracking companies and works closely with SEA-Tech in Ireland and worldwide leading authorities to develop and manufacture intelligent, cutting edge asset tracking systems and data transfer technology.

 

For the next six months Port of Cork will be testing SC2 VMS aboard MV Denis Murphy. This morning under a lashing rain, SEA-Tech Engineer Arnaud Disant and Port of Cork Electrician, Steven Hogan, installed an SC2 monitoring device aboard Denis Murphy with a view to monitor the next

Read more

 

 
Video clip featuring the very first images captured by our new motion sensor triggered camera on Spike Island.

Today, with help from Cormac Gebruers from Halpin Centre for Research & Innovation (NMCI), Frank and Michael (Cork Co Co) on Spike Island, Billy and Bart aboard Bryan J two of our projects went live. First a weather station located 50 meters above the sea level in the very middle of Cork Harbour, which I believe will be soon a strong resource for the local yachting community and second another marine surveillance camera pointing toward the oil terminal, three more are

Read more

I share my office with two great guys, former SAR helicopter pilot who started a little while back the first UAV training centre in Ireland at the very heart of the National Maritime College of Ireland. UAV stands for Unmaned Aircraft Vehicle. Each time we partner on a trade show or a public event and we start presenting Skytec and SEA-Tech (despite the IMERC family resemblance the two company aren't related) people look at Steve & Mike with great interest, because we now all know what a drone is. But when I start talking about Marine Data Communication all the

Read more

A couple of years ago SEA-Tech delivered a presentation in the National Maritime College of Ireland, for the INS, CMRC, IMERC, and Transas about the potential risk of DoS attack agains AIS systems equiping ships over 300GT (over 100 000 vessels around the world). Although it never been seriously intended the conclusions of this presentation led people to think nothing should ever replace entirely aboard a ship the presence of human inteligence.

Yesterday Juha Saarinen published a very interesting article on SC Magazine describing how a team of university students have demonstrated that it is possible to subvert global positioning system

Read more

There are days, when you wake up and you have no idea what you are about to step into... Today was one of those days. A page of history was written by Bruno Sroka and his team... and what a team!! Great people, strong minded, simply inpiring!

It is late, but I want to write this while all this is still vivid in my mind. My last email with Bruno was yesterday (Thursday) around 21:00hrs. We also had a long phone conversation, earlier in the day, on what would be the best approach to land as close as possible to

Read more

 

FIRST BELL:

Today started bright and early with a stopover by the naval base of Haulbowline to discuss with Commander William Roberts of the best possible approach for Bruno in the next few days. Commander Roberts was in 2012 the commanding officer taking STY Creidne to the tall ship.

FORENOON WATCH:

Landing to Ireland, with almost no wind, can be challenging. Hopefully, the National Space Centre in Elfordstown also contributed imediatly and we got invaluable information for Bruno that could not be found anywhere on the internet.

We are just out of a long phone conversation with Bruno

Read more

 

 First man to challenge the Cap Horn on a kitesurf

After challenging Cap Horn in 2008, the English Channel in 2012 in five hours and many other extreme kite surfing challenges, Bruno Sroka (Kite Surf World Champion) will be coming to Ireland in the next coming days.

 

Since 2012 SEA-Tech has worked close to the Irish Naval Service on projects involving kites propulsion. In the National Maritime College of Ireland, the IMERC group keeps talking about wind in Ireland, in fact, a few days ago our eminent colleagues Gerry Sutton and Judy Rea took RTE

Read more

 

Today RTE News (Paschal Sheehy) mentionned the databuoy we worked on in June. Our colleagues Judy Rea and Gerry Sutton explained the importance of the Beaufort lab, envisionned by Prof Tony Lewis and officialy announced on a sod turning ceremony by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney. Marine Data Communication is a direct condition for collecting information at sea. SeaFi will be instrumental in the development of marine energy in Ireland.

Later in the afternoon we were all invited to Spike Island for the 75th aniversary ceremony of the handover of

Read more


­