INNOVATION: Wayne Farrell of Greenspan and the buoys that are bound for China. Photo: Trevor Veale
INNOVATION: Wayne Farrell of Greenspan and the buoys that are bound for China. Photo: Trevor Veale Trevor Veale

China commissions Greenspan’s buoys

THE SUCCESS of a 2012 project which saw Greenspan Technology develop eight buoys to put into Singapore waters for water quality monitoring has seen the commissioning of a similar project for China.

Greenspan's Project Neptune buoys have the ability to forecast in advance where crude oil or nutrient spills would be in six, 12 or 24 hours. The China project uses the same design and technology.

With six stations in total, China commissioned four floating buoys and two shore-based systems in the Shandong region in China, which is on the Bohai Sea - a major oil-producing region.

Greenspan has undertaken earlier projects to monitor water quality, focusing on the Fisheries Sea Cucumber industry, being a high value crop from the region.

"It's all about protecting the environmental resource while China develops the marine economy," said Wayne Farrell, of Greenspan.

One of the buoys is a full demonstration station for use at the channel partner's office.

"We are hoping this will lead to future orders," Wayne said.

"Our channel partner in China has been strategically following China's Maritime Agency's five-year plans with proactive investment in growth areas."

The Maritime Agency is releasing tenders for the monitoring of the environment to ensure the environment is protected, with around 14 buoys expected to be commissioned in the next two years.

Designed, engineered, fabricated and assembled locally, the million dollar project engaged more than 20 local businesses, which have contributed a range of products and services to manufacture the buoys.

A team of four specialist staff from Coffs Harbour will travel to China to work with the locally based staff to deliver the project.



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