On-line weather forecasting tool enhances safety at Port of Halifax

by MM&D Online staff

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA—The official launch of the SmartATLANTIC Herring Cove Buoy website took place today in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This new website provides real-time data from the inshore weather buoy that was originally deployed in the waters off Herring Cove, Nova Scotia on November 7, 2013. The data includes high-resolution weather and wave forecasting for the Halifax Port Authority and will be used for education and scientific research.

Its purpose is to provide real-time weather and directional wave information online for shipping operations and recreational boaters. With accurate data, shipping companies will have additional information to safely navigate their vessels through the waterways leading into the Port of Halifax. This technology improves the port’s reliability, and supports better planning and more efficient operations by shippers and others using it.

Transport Canada will contribute $171,000 of the total cost of $366,000 under the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP) Intelligent Transportation Systems. Nova Scotia provided $150,000 in start-up funding. Annual operating and maintenance costs will be funded for 10 years by the Atlantic Pilotage Authority and the Halifax Port Authority.

“We are pleased to support this project,” said Labi Kousoulis, 
Nova Scotia’s minister of the Public Service Commission. “This sophisticated tool will provide significant benefits for our position as a transportation and trade gateway, and help improve safety for mariners and the flow of marine commerce in and out of the Port of Halifax.”