AXYS Port Sentinel Stands Guard for Squamish Terminals

February 5, 2010

AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) announced today that its Port Sentinel weather monitoring solution has been installed at Squamish Terminals in Squamish, British Columbia. The Port SentinelTM has been in operation for just over a month and is successfully capturing continuous weather conditions at the terminal, including wind, air temperature, relative humidity and barometric pressure data. This weather data is then transmitted via Automatic Identification System (AIS) radio telemetry to transiting vessels in the area. These vessels can now make more informed decisions about berthing at the Squamish Terminal. Prior to this installation, transiting vessels had to make berthing decisions based on partial or incorrect weather information.

AXYS_Port_Sentinel_Squamish2The next phase of the monitoring project involves installing a submerged ocean current profiler alongside the Squamish Terminal pier. The ocean currents data would then be combined with the meteorological weather information and included in the transmitted AIS message to further enhance knowledge of the current conditions at Squamish Terminal.

AXYS Marine Systems Manager Don Bryan commented, “A large portion of our business now comes from international markets, so the opportunity to apply our environmental monitoring technology here in BC is exciting for us. With the Port SentinelTM solution installed, Squamish Terminals now has the ability to provide its customer base with objective and up to the minute weather conditions at the terminal. This should ultimately translate into decreased berthing costs for vessels accessing the terminal. We are pleased to be involved with this local, made-in-BC project.”

Financial details were not provided.

For more details on the AXYS Port Sentinel solution, please click here.

Squamish Terminals is a deep-water, break-bulk terminal located at the north end of Howe Sound – 32 nautical miles north of the Port of Vancouver. With an intermodal transportation infrastructure (including access to rail, ocean and truck), 2 berths, 3 warehouses, specialized handling equipment and an experienced team, Squamish Terminals efficiently handles cargo bound for North America and around the world. For further information contact Doug Hackett, Vice President, Information Services and Administration at doug_hackett@sqterminals.com or visit: http://www.sqterminals.com/index.htm.

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AXYS Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes and maintains remote environmental data acquisition, processing and telemetry systems.  For further information contact AXYS at:  info@axys.com or www.axystechnologies.com.