The CSIR recently announced the signing of a three-year, multi-million dollar contract with Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) for the maintenance of existing Datawell Waveriders and wind stations at all eight existing ports. The two organisations recognize the partnership as an important step towards improving the safety of shipping and port operations. CSIR technicians, according to the new partnership, will service and maintain existing wind monitoring and water level recording stations on a regular basis in order to ensure continuous, reliable and good data.
The CSIR will provide TNPA with real-time access to wave, current and wind information. This will include tidal and under-keel measurement and monitoring. Current, wind, tidal and wave conditions are considered incredibly important for safe shipping and port operations and in the design of structures, such as breakwaters and for hind-casting of sea state conditions.
TNPA is a division of Transnet Limited and is mandated to control and manage each of the eight existing commercial ports, which are: Durban; Richards Bay; Saldanha; Ngqura; Mossel Bay; Cape Town; East London and; Port Elizabeth. The eight ports are on the 2,954km South African coastline. “This is a positive development and places the CSIR in a great position to continue to support a key state-owned company,” said Kenny Kistan, Acting Executive Manager: CSIR Smart Mobility. “We hope that through our research and development capabilities and technological solutions we can assist the TNPA to become more efficient, agile and responsive to contribute to the growth and development of South Africa,” Kistan added.
The CSIR has been providing data and decision support systems for over 3 decades. This includes providing information on the Integrated Port Operation Support System (IPOSS) to the TNPA. The IPOSS comprises of data that the CSIR measures from the wind, wave and currents off of the ports. The information is delivered in real-time.
Edited by Kojo Essah
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