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Did you know that 90% of coastal seas have no tidal data available?

Posted by Penny Haire on 26 January 2021 9:59:55 AM

Traditionally, there has been little tidal information available to the public other than height predictions for major (standard) and minor (secondary) ports; even fewer tidal current predictions are available to Mariners other than a limited number of tidal diamonds and tidal stream atlases. These data have traditionally been published by official sources, such as Hydrographic Offices.  

Although useful for indicating conditions at the start and end of a journey, this data on its own doesn't provide the level of detail that mariners need for their chosen waterborne activity. In this article, we cover the traditional methods for tidal measurement and their shortcomings and modern technological advancements that can revolutionise the maritime industry in terms of tidal information.

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Topics: tides, tidal model, high resolution model, tide-surge forecast

The Currents in Singapore Strait are Extremely Complex. Here's Why.

Posted by Penny Haire on 25 January 2021 2:49:35 PM

At 16km wide, and stretching 105km long between the Strait of Malacca and the Karimata Strait, the Singapore Strait is a crucial gateway between Asia and Europe. Due to the high number of ships transiting the area, the Singapore Strait can become incredibly congested and requires a tight traffic management system to ensure that vessels are coming into port at the right time, every time.

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Topics: currents, tides, speed optimisation, route optimisation, high resolution model, Malacca Singapore Straits, ship efficiency

36th Americas Cup - Auckland Tidal Currents

Posted by Penny Haire on 10 December 2020 3:20:15 PM

Like many sailing fans, we can't wait for the action to begin in the 36th Americas Cup in Auckland. Wind speed and direction, as you'd expect, will be the main factor that determines sail and foil choices, and of course, tactics on the course. What about tidal currents? With the speeds that these boats go, you'd be forgiven for thinking that current will be irrelevant.That's not the case though. Here's why:

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Topics: America's Cup, high resolution model, yacht racing

New! Narragansett Bay high resolution tidal model

Posted by Penny Haire on 23 September 2020 10:12:43 AM

Due to high demand we have released a limited edition high resolution tidal model for Narragansett bay and Rhode island Sound in time for the Rolex New York Yacht Club Race Week.  The region covered includes all racing areas in the Bay and to the South at 110 m resolution at 60 minute intervals.

Data is available as GRIBs or PDF images like the ones below, for the North and South race areas.

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Topics: sailing, yacht, tidal model, high resolution model, yacht race, NYYC, Narragansett Bay

Long Island Sound tidal current model ready for the Vineyard Race

Posted by Penny Haire on 3 September 2020 6:53:30 PM

 

We are very excited to release our new model of Long Island Sound in time for the Vineyard Race this Friday. With a resolution of 110m the model covers the race area in incredible detail, showing for the first time how the tidal currents flow around key locations across the course.

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Topics: currents, Expedition, sailing, yacht, racing, optimised route, high resolution model, grib, yacht race, Vineyard Race

'Won and Lost' in the Derwent

Posted by Penny Haire on 6 December 2019 8:47:37 AM

How tricky currents play a part in the closing stages of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race

The last few miles of a Sydney to Hobart race has often determined the ultimate winner. Capricious, shifty wind and 'bullets' - gusts that come screaming down the steep hillsides lining the course are often to blame. Not to mention the notorious night time 'shut-down' - where the wind disappears entirely.

The role of currents here has been overlooked - most likely because little information has been publicly available. This is set to change thanks to a new hydrodynamic model produced by the Coastal Environmental Modelling Team at CSIRO which Tidetech will be making available for the Sydney, Melbourne and Launceston to Hobart races this year as part of a package of Grib files and analyses.

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Topics: Sydney to Hobart, yacht, tidal model, high resolution model, grib, yacht race, Sydney to Hobart finish

FREE Tidemap offer extended for Rio Olympics

Posted by Penny Haire on 4 August 2016 12:40:00 PM

 

Tidetech Commercial Marine is extending free access to ‘Tidemap’, its new browser-based metocean data viewer, for the duration of the Rio Olympics. Tidetech has provided the high resolution tidal model to a number of the Olympic sailing teams for their training programs and for tactical planning.

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Topics: tidal model, Olympics, high resolution model, Rio, Guanabara Bay, Tidemap

Singapore Malacca Straits model upgraded to include tidal surge

Posted by Penny Haire on 19 May 2015 12:16:00 PM

 

It’s been three years since we released the Singapore and Malacca Straits 800m high resolution tidal model. This model benefits vessels using route and speed optimisation systems in this busy stretch of water by taking advantage of accurate tidal speed, direction and height data to create bunkerage savings..

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Topics: currents, tidal model, high resolution model, Malacca Singapore Straits, tide-surge forecast

50m resolution model for 2016 Rio Olympics

Posted by Penny Haire on 19 May 2015 12:05:00 PM

 

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve developed a 50m tidal model for Rio – our highest resolution tidal model yet – and it’s being used by several Olympic sailing teams in preparation for the 2016 Games..

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Topics: currents, racing, tides, Olympics, high resolution model, Rio

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