Port to receive sensor for real time data
Port Fourchon will receive an environmental sensor this week that will provide real time information on numerous weather activities. The advanced technology will be installed by a subsidiary of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Called PORTS (Physical Oceanographic Real Time System), the real time system measures water temperature, wind speed, air pressure, air temperature and wave height in six minute intervals. PORTS is critical for protecting not only the goods and services that come in and out of the port, but also for protecting the environment from damage caused by an oil spill.
The information can be accessed via the Internet, toll free telephone call or on a soon to be released app for mobile phones.
“This technology will hopefully help to further minimize accidents at the port as well as provide useful real time information on weather conditions in the region. This will be a big help whenever tropical weather systems approach the area,” said Chett Chiasson, Executive Director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission.
Port Fourchon will be the 25th seaport in the United States to receive the technology.
To view, go to www.tidesand currents.noaa.gov/ports then click on the “Port Fourchon” link on the left side of the page.
Posted on Fri, May 15, 2015
by Doug Cheramie, Contributing Writer