The United Kingdom National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) satisfactorily completed a new trial on the PLOCAN test bed this week, after two straight months of activity. The main objective of the trials, entitled PLOCAN_Trials_2018, was to test new autonomous oceanic devices, on this occasion, a wireless, submarine telemetry system for great depths, using a multi-platform solution consisting of a mooring line, a lander) and two Wave Gliders (autonomous surface vehicle).
A Sailbuoy autonomous ocean surface observation device from the PLOCAN fleet of vehicles has been sent out on a mission by staff from the consortium as part of the European MARCET and AtlantOS projects to tackle operational and observation tasks included in the implementation plans of the two projects.
Last week, the city of Porto hosted the operational trials of the European SWARMs Project. Its general objective is to broaden the use of un-manned submarine vehicles and facilitate the creation, planning and implementation of maritime and off-shore operations by reducing operational costs and by enhancing safety. .
Two teams of three runners from the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands took part in the Carrera de las Empresas (Companies’ Race) held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on the 22nd of April, in an event that has seen the number of athletes increase year after year.
The PLOCAN teams performed well to come in 12th and 14th out of a total of 81 teams in the 5-km mixed category.
There were 3,771 participants who took part in the Companies’ Race - 600 more than last year – representing 415 companies. On top of this overall number of runners, there were also 300 children taking part in this festival, in a race specifically for them.