Foster’s Daily Democrat
September 10, 2020
New technology will helps ships and submarines navigate the Piscataqua River.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., vice chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, announced Thursday the agency will install a new marine navigational system at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
The Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System, or PORTS, is an integrated series of sensors which provide critical, real-time information on oceanographic and meteorological conditions, such as water levels, currents, weather and more. The system will be installed at the shipyard and is designed to increase safety and efficiency for military, commercial and recreational vessels navigating the waterway. Local mariners and agencies will be able to access the information provided by this system, helping them better plan vessel transits and prevent mishaps. Shaheen said she fought to secure approval and funding for this project.
“Any tidal and current information available to pilots and mariners navigating Portsmouth Harbor and the Piscataqua River, particularly with large ocean-going vessels, will be a welcomed addition. The Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems will strengthen the safety of the harbor and surrounding communities,” said Geno Marconi, director of the NH Ports and Harbors.
“This important addition to the Piscataqua River’s maritime infrastructure will enhance safety and efficiency in these challenging waters,” Shaheen said. “This waterway is critical for marine transportation, including cargo and freight businesses, fishermen and especially the submarines undergoing maintenance at the shipyard that are so important to our national security.”