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Offshore Buoy Needs Sea Lion Protection

October 3, 2013

Buoy with Protection Barrier: Photo credit AXYS

Buoy with Protection Barrier: Photo credit AXYS

AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) working in conjunction with Sound and Sea Technology (SST) designed the barrier to ensure that seals and sea lions are prevented from climbing onto AXYS' WindSentinel offshore buoy during long term deployments in sea lion habitation areas. It has recently been constructed on the WindSentinel that will be deployed by the United States Navy off the West Coast of California.

"The sea lions that inhabit the California coastal waters weigh around 300 Kg on average and our concern when deploying the WindSentinel is to ensure not only the safety of the equipment on deck, but also the safety of the sea lions.”" explains Graham Howe, International Business Development for Renewable Energy at AXYS. “The solution developed by our colleagues at SST ensures the protection of the system from the sea lions and also allows for ease of access when servicing the system.”"

The US Navy WindSentinel will be deployed in the fall of 2013 as part of a study to characterize the accuracy of floating LiDAR systems.

About SST
Sound & Sea Technology, Inc. (SST) is a small business enterprise that was established in March 1999 to meet the need for experienced, senior-level expertise in ocean engineering for a broad range of maritime, undersea, and coastal protection projects.

About AXYS Technologies Inc.
AXYS Technologies, Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes and maintains remote environmental data acquisition, processing and telemetry systems.

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