Technicians of PLOCAN participated in rescue drills of maritime accidents programmed by the SAR Coordinating Centre (RCC Canary Islands) and the 802 Air Force 46 Wing Squadron in north, west and south waters of the island of Gran Canaria.
During the simulation exercises, a buoy of PLOCAN with a positioning beacon is hooked to a life raft which is left to implement search and rescue maneuvers and the information management. Furthermore, data of surface and wind currents is collected as a support in decision-making during search maneuvers. The collected data is integrated into modeling software which allows to know the most likely trajectory that the life raft will take in the next few hours. When the search and recovery maneuvers are completed by the Spanish Air Force, the results of the model are validated taking into account the actual trajectory followed by the life raft.
The Spanish Air Force and PLOCAN have been cooperating during the last 10 years and they signed a collaboration agreement in 2015 that has been recently renewed for the study of the marine currents in the Canary Islands. PLOCAN advises on the management of oceanographic data and information (actual data and predictions) in accidents at sea and during simulation exercises of maritime accidents periodically developed by both institutions.
PLOCAN has a data service of different observation platforms which offers actual and historical data and a prediction service (Meteorological and Oceanographic Support System of the Port Authority – SAMOA) in collaboration with State Ports. Moreover, it offers specialized maritime modeling software for the study of drifting objects and dispersion of pollutants.