NOAA Installations to Boost Shipping Safety in Louisiana

Physical Oceanographic Real Time Systems were installed this week in Morgan City and Port Fourchon. They will provide real-time water level information and other data to mariners.

Two important ports in southeast Louisiana now have NOAA's Physical Oceanographic Real Time System (PORTS®) installed, the agency announced this week. These are multi-sensor systems that will increase navigation safety and allow for increased efficiency on ships transiting through the Port of Morgan City and Port Fourchon.

NOAA describes PORTS as "an integrated system of oceanographic and meteorological sensors that provide mariners with accurate and reliable real-time information about environmental conditions in seaports." The agency's news release quotes Rich Edwing, NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services director: "Real-time knowledge of the currents, water levels, winds, and density of the water can increase the amount of cargo moved through a port and harbor and enable mariners to safely use available channel depths. Even one additional foot of draft can substantially increase the profit of a shipment."

The PORTS system provides information on water levels, currents, wind speed and direction, air and water temperatures, barometric pressure, and salinity.

According to the release, Morgan City is a newly established foreign trade destination and Port Fourchon is one of the nation's busiest energy ports, servicing 90 percent of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico oil and gas industry and handling more than 20 percent of the nation's energy supply each day. The Port of Morgan City system was the 24th seaport to join the national PORTS network, and the Port Fourchon system was dedicated May 13.

"Because our seaport services so many oil tankers, an accident could have a detrimental impact on the environment in our area. PORTS is critical for protecting not only the goods and services that come in and out of our seaport, but also for protecting the environment from damage caused by an oil spill," said Port Fourchon Executive Director Chett Chiasson.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2019, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; pending OSHA recordkeeping rulemaking; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - January 2019

    January 2019

    Featuring:

    • PREVENTING ERRORS
      Production vs. Safety 
    • EMERGENCY SHOWERS & EYEWASH
      Meeting the Requirements for Emergency Equipment
    • CONSTRUCTION SAFETY
      The State of Contractor Safety
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      The Three Keys to Effective Chemical Management
    View This Issue