The environmental monitoring and exploration of the sea, as carried out by science and industry, demand for automatic measurement and supervision of various crucial water parameters. SubCtech presents a potent and cost efficient platform with its OceanPack™ measuring system. It consists of several high-end SubCtech products. It comprises for instance the proved LI-COR® pCO2 analyzer with the data management SubCtech NetDI® data logger. This data logger is additionally equipped with various connection types to enable the integration of many other probes or analyzing systems. The simple modular design of the OceanPack™ and its automatic service makes it very economical and universally applicable.
The integrated „auto-calibration“ function, for e.g. the pCO2 analyzer and optional automatic cleaning routine, enables the applications without supervision. The OceanPack™ features a very user-friendly handling. The monitoring system and its reliable, enduring activity is suitable for vessels and demanding offshore work under rough environmental conditions. Battery operations – e.g. on buoys or remote measuring stations – are possible, as the power consumption is very low. The optional RS-485 industrial bus allows controlling for example external pumps or valves. It enables at the same time the integration of external measuring equipment, such as meteorological instrumentation (Top-Box™, optionally equipped with additional sensors). The OceanPack™ is inured to system breakdowns, since it works with highly reliable databases and configurations. The data is stored on CompactFlash (CF) or SD cards.
- Robust, versatile and standard 19” racks
- Optional portable by hand
- Water system fully removable for easy service
- CO2 tolerant debubbler mBubbler® for gas analysis
- Built in NetDI® data logger
- The data logger marks data automatically with quality flags
- Auto-zeroing calibration for high-accuracy long-time operations
- Easy integration of instrumentation through NetDI® data management system connected simultaneously by up to 30 serial interfaces (AADI Aanderaa, BBE, LI-COR, SBE Seabird, Sea&Sun, SYSTEA Nutrient Analyzers, TriOS, Turner, Seapoint, WetLabs, E+H etc.)
- Expandable through the optionally RS485 bus, e.g. to connect Meteorology sensors or external pumps etc.
- Automatic cleaning procedure includes flagging of collected data
- Easy handling and intuitive overall design
- Quick-lock fittings without the need of have tools for cleaning water tubes
- Internal sea-water pump for below or above the waterline installation, e.g. 5-15 l/min
- Sea-water resistant valves are not affected by high sediment loads
- NetDI® data logger with data protocols enables interfacing to mostly all known sensors, analyzers, samplers etc.
- The LI-COR®pCO2analyzer is already included and fully configured
- Robust Flat-Membrane-Equilibrator (Patent pending)
- The data logger marks data automatically with quality flags
- 7” Touch-Screen with quick-look function for real-time data
- Automatic cleaning with different methods to remove and prevent bio-fouling, incl. special cleaning units for optical sensors such as fluorometer or oxygen optodes
- GPS geo references for all data and position event control
- Optional online telemetry data transfer and alarm services
- Water sampler, closed and cooled bottles. Optional 100% sealed bottles
- Nutrient analyzer units incl. automatic self-cleaning filter
- Connection to external devices such as ADCP, Thermosalinograph etc.
- Expandable to full pCO2 Sea-Air-Exchange (SAE) underway system incl. Top-Box™ with Air-CO2 analyzer and meteorological sensors
- Integration into the ship data management system such as Werum DSHIP
- Pre-consulting support
- Installation and training during harbour acceptance test (HAT) and sea acceptance test (SAT)
- Service provides on a regularly base to optimize your working resources, particularly during short harbour times
|Large OceanPack™ AUMS with (left to right) water sampler, water analyzing rack, nutrient analyzing rack||Top-Box™ MK3 with high-end LI-7200x Air-CO2 analyzer and meteorological sensors connected|
|An OceanPack™ installed in the engine room for permanent unattended operation||OceanPack™ with a water regulation and control units (under the desk) beside other instruments in the wet lab|
|OceanView™ Passenger display to visualize required flow-through parameter in real-time during CTD casts and other routines on deck||2l bottles from the automatic ship water sampler with SubCtech’s unique closed bottle closure mechanism|
|Service on the automatic self-cleaning filter for the nutrient analyzers (below)||The exchange of the water sampler bottles is easy with the moveable drawer|
|Sensitive sensors such as the pH electrode can be removed for fast semi-automatic calibration without tools||As the OceanPack™ data logger takes conducts all acquisition jobs, the scientist has more time for his job calibrating the Turner 10AU fluorometer – fully integrated into the water supply with automatic cleaning|
|Automatic special cleaning for optical sensors such as fluorometer||Quick-lock connectors and robust instrument holders withstand extreme North-Sea conditions|
|The Water-Intake controller closes the intake tubes automatically during stops or in case of malfunctions||Autonomous Water-Intake controller with motor-driven ball-valve, leak sensor makes operation during manoeuvring in the harbour easy|
„The instrumentation will greatly enhance the continuous oceanographic measurements made by the Belgica by taking advantage of the significant technological improvements since the design of the existing (salinity, temperature) systems.
It is quite simple: during navigation, sea water is pumped on board through a pipeline from the front of the ship. This water is automatically run through several instruments installed in one of the laboratories of the Belgica. Many parameters can now be measured continuously (salinity, temperature,…) including new important ecosystem parameters such as nitrate, phosphate, silicate, dissolved oxygen, CO2, turbidity, alkalinity and phytoplankton pigments.
In addition, the new equipment allows automatic acquisition and preservation of 16 water samples, rendering Belgica operations significantly more efficient by reducing onboard human resources. Data will be available soon in near real-time via MUMM’s public web site and following quality control, from the Belgian Marine Data Centre“
(The Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models and the Scheldt estuary (MUMM), department of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS))