Sea-trials of R.S. Algoa’s recently installed Scientific Data System (SDS) successfully completed

Sea-trials of the Sea Technology Services designed, and recently installed, Scientific Data System (SDS), aboard the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) ship R.S. Algoa, were successfully completed during her recent cruise from Cape Town to Durban.

The Scientific Data System is a network based, underway data collection and display system, designed to collect, integrate, log and display various scientific, navigational and meteorological sensors, instruments and systems aboard a research ship.

STX Europe, the Finnish shipyard that built S.A. Agulhas II, commissioned Sea Technology Services in 2011 to design the SDS hardware and software, based on current computer technologies. A web browser, wireless-based solution that allows anyone aboard the ship, to link into the SDS with a PC, notebook or smartphone and have instant access to live parameter displays and voyage databases.

SDS passed all acceptance testing and trials cruises on S.A. Agulhas II and grew in popularity as a general “one-glance” situation display on the vessel, to the extent that Sea Technology Services undertook to develop additional graphic user interfaces, after feedback about the usefulness of SDS beyond its original specification.

With the successful utilisation of the Scientific Data System on S.A. Agulhas II during her passages to the Southern Oceans, the ship’s owners, Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), awarded Sea Technology Services a contract to design, install and integrate a similar system on R.S. Algoa.

The SDS system for R.S. Algoa incorporates the features of the S.A. Agulhas II SDS system  plus additional modules and upgrades to interface with the existing sensors and systems aboard.

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