SeaDarQ Oil Spill Detection Radar makes US debut in Miami

The well-established oil spill detection system with radar – SeaDarQ conducted a live demonstration in partnership with the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami, Florida. Hosted by NortekUSA, this technical demonstration including a simulated spill using popcorn, has once again proven SeaDarQ’s capability to detect oil in various locations and weather conditions. The operation was attended by visitors from the US and the Caribbean.

Technical staff from the Nortek SeaDarQ radar group deployed a system locally on the roof of the Marine Sciences building. The radar antenna faced the inlet to Biscayne Bay and monitored the area within a range of 2 km. Ninety gallons of popcorn were spilled from small boat at a distance of 600 m from the radar. SeaDarQ detected the spill and registered it in the form of snapshots and recordings.

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Using high quality marine X-band radar, the Nortek oil spill detection system can not only monitor oil slicks, but also highlights the affected area and predicts the trajectory of spill movement. The key feature of SeaDarQ is a unique filtering technique sensitive to small signal differences allowing detection of small size spills. As a result, the SeaDarQ system with radar and vertically polarized antenna delivers accurate and real time data of oil spill position and movement.

Mr. J.  Huisman at the North Sea Agency at the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment has described the SeadarQ as a “high reliable system”, which “assures the high level service for smooth operation of the systems” during the oil spill.

Current SeaDarQ users include 8 standby vessels from the European Marine Safety Agency (EMSA) and customers in Brazil, China, Italy and Dubai, as well as the well-known Dutch oil response vessel ARCA. SeaDarQ represents the best solution to oil recovery specialists, combining oil spill detection with hydrographic data to optimize prevention and cleaning operations.

View the movie from the demonstration here.