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The OceanPack-RACE® has been developed since 2009. Following the successful Volvo Ocean Race 2017/2018, the OceanPack-RACE® had been improved rigorously according to the specifications of the sailors and scientists.
The priorities and results were:
The 6th generation OceanPack-RACE® is a highly optimized "Underway" or "FerryBox" system especially for racing yachts. Weight, size and energy-consumption are minimized; Frame and Debubbler made of ultra-light weight and robust Carbon No user operation is needed after system power-on. The pCO2 analyzer and a Thermosalinograph (TSG, CTD) are standard sensors. The pCO2 data can optionally be referenced with standard gas(es), so that qualified data can be recorded in the SOCAT database. Complete system with data supply, data storage, power supplies and optional touch screen.
750x550x250mm, 16kg dry weight
<30W with sea water pump running, <14W standby
|UPS:||uninterrupted power supply with super capacitors|
|Water pump:||Self-priming and unaffected by air bubbles.|
|Debubbler:||mBubbler® developed for ocean racing yachts|
|House-keeping:||EM flow-meter, no moving parts, corrosion free|
|Processing:||UNESCO formulas for sea-water analysis|
|Storage:||8GB, up to 32GB flash memory|
|Data access:||USB 2.0 port for data download and firmware and
remote controlled or time controlled.
|pCO2 analyzer:||LI-COR® LI-850
Range 0 … 1000 ppm or 3000 ppm, max. 20000ppm
Accuracy +/- 0.5 ppm (calibrated)
Resolution 0.01 ppm
Flat-membrane equilibrator (patent pending)
|pCO2 calibration:||Zero offset auto-calibration
Optional external calibration gases,
2.5l per calibration
|Geo-referencing:||GPS external receiver, or with ship navigation data|
|Other sensors:||Options for more sensors or Micro-Plastic Sampler|
|Included:||Carbon frame with electronic box (optional carbon)
Water supply with filter, pump and debubbler
pCO2 LI-850 analyzer, auto-zero calibration
NetDI® data logger and controller with
|Not included:||Other sensors or analyzers, GPS,
Span-gas auto calibration,
Data display, Remote control box (helm),
Windows data display/PC
Telemetry e.g. satellite (Iridium) or cellular
Optional automatic gas calibration incl. light-weight reference gas tank for unattended automatic operation. The automatic calibration is needed to fulfil the quality standard requirements of the SOCAT database.
|Tank:||0.5 to 2.0l tank with pressure regulator|
|Consumption:||0.5 l/min x 5min = 2.5 l per calibration|
|Installation:||Beside the RACE system, anywhere, any direction|
External data display and diagnostic unit. During races the display box is removed to save weight and energy. Function: In-port service, all other automatically controlled
Independent marine GPS receiver, for geo-referencing of data. Optional, the ship navigation data can be used in NMEA-0183 format.
SIRF-III, FAS / WAAS / DGPS
|Cold start:||45 sec (max, cold)|
|Installation:||On deck, or nearby (IP 67)|
Compact, high-performance C,T probe is operated as the Thermosalinograph for seawater salinity analysis. The sensor is qualified according WOCE / UNESCO standard.
|Type:||Seven-electrode conductivity cell, PT-1000|
|Manufacturer:||Idronaut or SST|
|Weight:||240g, installed into Debubbler|
|Conductivity:||Range: 0 - 70 mS/cm
Accuracy: ± 0.003 mS/cm
|Temperature:||Range -2 - +36 °C
Resolution ± 0.002 °C
Accuracy 0.001 °C
|Calibration:||Recommended after 12 months|
On board Volvo-Ocean-Race © Photo Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race
On board Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero, Turn the Tide on Plastic compete in the Around the Island Race. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 02 August, 2017
Testing on racing sailing yachts: EU project development www.commonsenseproject.eu. © Photo by Jean Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendeé Globe
pCO2 and Salinity data from expedition PITTARIK on DAGMAR AAEN by ARVED FUCHS sailing in the Arctic with the 4th generation of OceanPack-RACE. © Data processing by Uni Hamburg, Uni Flensburg
Test on ALDEBARAN in the Northsea during the „Meereswettbewerb“
Bark EUROPA sailing 12 months in the Antarctic © Photo Bark Europa, The Netherlands – www.barkeuropa.com
Bark EUROPA with the 2nd generation prototype on board anchoring at Port Lockroy (Graham Land – Antarctic Peninsula). © Photo Joanna Szczepanska – Bark EUROPA – www.barkeuropa.com
Expedition vessel DAGMAR AAEN from ARVED FUCHS sailing in the Arctic with the 4th generation of OceanPack-RACE. © Photo Arved Fuchs – www.arved-fuchs.de
All data incl. pCO2 of all time, but still „white holes“ in large areas in the south and north hemisphere of the world. (c) Takaschi et. al.
Round-the-world ocean-races are sailing exactly there, where datas are rare. In the chart above the former tests with BARK EURPOE (south) and LA LOUISE (north – not in the chart) as part of the MARTEC OSC development program.
"The scientific data … will represent a significant contribution to the already existing observation network. This approach will open the way to the participation of new communities in the observation of our Earth."
Jacqueline Boutin, researcher at LOCEAN (Oceanography and climate Laboratory), and Fabienne Gaillard confirmed.
"Your device is definitely awesome, and I’m absolutely delighted."
Jérôme Chladek, Scientist at Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Hamburg.
"The SubCtech technology is exactly the system we were looking for."
Martin Kramp, Project Manager SailingOne, Oceanology International 2010 Conference