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JCG expands Wave fleet

13th March 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has expanded its unmanned ocean observation fleet of Wave Gliders to the ninth regional district in Niigata, Japan, the JCG announced on 7 March.

This expansion is part of the JCG’s multi-year, ocean monitoring programme to provide enhanced, real-time situational awareness of ocean currents, wave activity, and weather along Japan’s coastlines.

Manufactured by Liquid Robotics, Wave Gliders are environmentally safe and an effective way to expand national ocean observation systems. With the use of a network of unmanned systems, JCG is able to provide access to continuous, real-time meteorological and oceanographic information from seas where monitoring ships often cannot operate without putting personnel at risk.

The JCG has deployed fleets of Wave Gliders in four regional districts, forming the first unmanned ocean observation network in Japan’s history. The JCG is publishing the environmental data for free and in real-time to Japan’s commercial fisheries and tourism industries.

Gary Gysin, president and CEO of Liquid Robotics, said: ‘We are honoured to support JCG’s leadership to improve the level of maritime monitoring and safety around Japan through the use of autonomous ocean observation platforms like the Wave Glider. Together with Hydro Systems Development, we are excited to support the next phase of growth and are committed to their continued success.’

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