Fastwave Voyager Oil Spill Tracking Buoy


Fastwave's new Voyager oil spill and ocean current tracking buoy provides near real-time ocean surface current velocity and sea surface temperature data from anywhere in the world's oceans.

It has been specifically designed to meet client requirements for ocean current trajectory modelling and oil spill response preparedness. The reporting duty cycle can be remotely adjusted by the user. At a typical reporting interval of 3 hours, the Voyager has endurance of approximately 250 days. Compact size, simple operation and rugged constructuion makes the Voyager ideal for rapid deployment in emergency situations. It can be drop deployed from a vessel or platform up to a height of 15m , or deployed  from an aircraft with a parachute. The Voyager is the latest in a long line of tracking buoys produced by Fastwave since 2005, with clients including BP (USA), Chevron Australia, Conoco Phillips, Woodside Energy, Fugro, Saipem, RPS, BMT, Jacobs and many others.   
Due for release in the next few months is a version of the Voyager with an integrated Chelsea Technologies fluorometer (pictured).  In addition to oil spill tracking and sea surface temperature monitoring, the fluorometer will enable the detection of hydrocarbons in the surface layer. This will allow more accurate definition and tracking of oil spill boundaries, and assist with the identification of naturally occurring seeps. Retro-fitting drifter buoys with fluorometers may also be possible.     
Chelsea Technologies Group has a proven range of in-situ sensors optimised for monitoring crude and refined oil from coastal margins to deep ocean. Originally designed for military use these highly reliable, robust, high sensitivity fluorometers are in use around the world. . All sensors are suitable for use in gliders, undulating vehicles, moored, profiled or diver hand held. Fastwave distributes Chelsea Technologies sensors in Australia.