Ship Instrumentation

Safety on the ocean depends on accurate weather observations, and Vaisala provides the critical data you need.

    OPERATE CONFIDENTLY

    Knowing the sea state and all the weather conditions your marine vessel will encounter is vital to the safety and operation of your ship. Fortunately, you can make confident decisions knowing that reliable and accurate sensors, as well as complete weather monitoring solutions, are available from Vaisala.

    Vaisala’s weather instruments and systems are best in class and built to withstand winter conditions, humidity, or hot weather — so you can be confident they are always at work improving your ship’s safety.

    Our reliable and accurate instruments and flexible systems can be customized to your needs. They are field proven in thousands of installations from pole to pole, and even in outer space. Vaisala’s instruments are compliant with required maritime standards and designed for harsh navigation conditions, so you can trust them to work wherever you sail.

    SAFETY & SUPPORT

    Vaisala’s weather instruments and weather observation solutions for navigation are unmatched due to our technology and manufacturing methods. They are designed by top scientists and engineers, and our sensors are built in our own clean room and calibrated in our accredited calibration facilities before delivery. They are tested in the most demanding environments from pole to pole, so that you can rely on them for safe navigation.

    Vaisala is "global and local," with more than 20 offices worldwide and a large representative network. This means fast delivery and response times for our customers and partners. Our global service network and performance contracts guarantee you are not left alone with maintenance or spare parts.

    MASTER ROUGH SEAS

    Weather observation systems from Vaisala are complete systems that provide real-time and accurate meteorological data to ensure safe navigation and presence at sea. Vaisala’s proprietary Weather Observation System is based on our reliable sensor technology and Maritime Weather Station, which is designed specifically for marine environments.

    The Maritime Weather Station from Vaisala enables flexible and user-friendly data collection, communication, and reporting of weather information. It integrates all needed instruments into a single weather station with versatile powering, communication, and calculation options. Enhanced by Vaisala’s Maritime Observation Console Software, the data you collect can easily be viewed and studied from an on-board workstation with user-configurable displays.

      INTEGRATED BRIDGE SYSTEMS

      Sudden changes in wind speed or direction are potentially dangerous and may have severe consequences on navigation. Therefore, accurate, real-time wind data is vital for keeping the vessel on its course. Vaisala’s wind sensors and displays are easy to integrate with your ship's bridge systems and processes, to support efficient and timely decision-making.

      Vaisala provides a wide range of accurate, reliable, and robust wind sensors for demanding weather conditions and applications. Our ultrasonic wind sensors are an excellent alternative to the cup and vane mechanical sensors. Ultrasonic sensors contain no moving parts and are virtually maintenance-free. A heated model is also available. As a testament to their reliability, the US National Weather Service relies on Vaisala’s ultrasonic technology.

      To ensure the safety of navigation, the International Marine Organization (IMO) is developing new provisions and performance standards on wind measuring equipment. Vaisala’s wind sensors and indicators are designed to fulfill the IMO criteria.

      DYNAMIC POSITIONING

      Accurate, real-time wind data is imperative for Dynamic Positioning (DP). When wind direction or speed suddenly changes while your vessel is trying to maintain its position, it can be difficult to take corrective action fast enough.

      Vaisala provides a wide range of accurate, reliable, and robust wind sensors for demanding weather conditions and applications. Our ultrasonic wind sensors are an excellent alternative to cup and vane mechanical sensors. These ultrasonic sensors contain no moving parts and are virtually maintenance-free, and we offer a heated model.

      Vaisala’s wind sensors and displays are easy to integrate with your ship's bridge systems and processes, and help support efficient and timely decision-making, which ultimately impacts safety. As a testament to their reliability, the US National Weather Service relies on Vaisala’s ultrasonic technology.

      ADVANCED SHIP WEATHER SYSTEM

      When you require weather information that is very detailed, including meteorological, oceanographic, or aviation weather support data, an Advanced Ship Weather System from Vaisala is the right choice. All weather parameters can be monitored with our Maritime Observation Console display software, while user-configurable alarms ensure safe operations.

      Vaisala’s Automatic Weather Station selects the windward wind sensor, eliminating the effects of air-flow distortion caused by ship superstructures. Data logging provides access to historical data for easy reporting, and data quality control ensures reliable observations.

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      Your Navigation Safety is Our First Priority

      Rely on Vaisala’s weather measurement instruments and solutions to make decisions with confidence. Our broad range of products work in the harshest maritime conditions to protect lives and maintain smooth ship operations.

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