USCG Powers Smart Buoys with SailPlan Technology to Achieve Climate Goals
SailPlan, the maritime clean-tech company that helps ports and ship operators reduce emissions and improve air quality announced that the United States Coast Guard(USCG) has partnered with SailPlan to monitor marine Aids to Navigation (ATONS)in the Chesapeake Bay. By utilizing SailPlan’s technology, the USCG can easily monitor real-time high-resolution weather, air quality, and other data affecting navigation and make it available to mariners while reducing the cost of ATON maintenance to the USCG.
The deployment is part of SailPlan’s rapidly expanding portfolio of customers seeking to accelerate the connectivity of marine infrastructure and systems. The agreement provides a testbed for real-time monitoring and sharing of weather, current, tide, sea state, and air quality data while also providing real-time station-keeping data to the USCG.
“The U.S. Coast Guard is pleased to join SailPlan in this project as this work supports the worldwide “Successful Voyages, Sustainable Planet” effort led by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and LighthouseAuthorities (IALA)", said Dave Lewald, Program Analyst – NavigationSystems, USCG.
SailPlan and the USCG will collect data, perform studies, and increase infrastructure resilience while reducing ATON maintenance costs. The deployed technology will ensure that critical marine infrastructure remains on-station and in good working order without the need for routine in-person inspections.
“ATONs present a compelling opportunity to improve maritime transportation efficiency and resiliency by providing them with a digital presence. This contract with the USCG brings legacy marine infrastructure into the 21st century,” said Jacob Ruytenbeek, Founder and CEOof SailPlan. “SailPlan will benefit not only the USCG but also port authorities looking to monitor emissions compliance and air quality.”