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Shipboard Weather Stations

For Military, Research, and Commercial Applications

Shipboard WEATHERPAK with GPS antenna

WEATHERPAK® Marine Weather Stations for Harsh Environments

WEATHERPAK marine weather stations provide professional level meteorological measurements in a compact, rugged, and easy-to-install system. They incorporate the most advanced meteorological sensors available and support critical military, scientific and commercial operations worldwide.

WEATHERPAK marine weather stations operate where extreme temperatures, salt spray, exhaust, high winds, fog and heavy rain are frequent. They are built for quick deployment and service with modular components that can be set up or swapped out in a matter of minutes.

Coastal Environmental Systems, Inc. offers both standard WEATHERPAK configurations and customized solutions that scale to our customers’ demanding needs. We consult with customers on all aspects of their project, including: system design, sensor selection, data processing and transmission, telecommunications, power, and installation.

Key Features

WEATHERPAK Construction

  • WEATHERPAK contains all the standard meteorological sensors and eliminates all cables and connectors. (Cables and connectors are the weakest points on any marine system.)
  • Double O-ring seals fully protect all electronics from the harsh marine environment.
  • The WEATHERPAK external housing is constructed of Military-Standard 6061-T6 anti-corrosive aluminum, coated with a baked-on thermoplastic resin.
  • Additional sensors can be integrated into the system via a waterproof junction box

Installation and Maintenance

  • WEATHERPAK marine weather stations come with Coastal’s quick-release mast mount.
  • A WEATHERPAK weather station can be removed or replaced in service in less than 60 seconds.

Measurement

  • Integrated GPS and compass calculate both true and relative winds.
  • Dual WEATHERPAK systems report both port and starboard wind data; manual or auto detection of up-wind is available.
  • WEATHERPAKs internal data processor is a fully configurable data logger.

Data Transmission

  • Weather data is transmitted to an onboard display and/or integrated to the ship’s network.
  • Communication protocols include: NMEA 0183, RS232, RS485, TCP/IP, and more.
  • Integration with radio, mobile, or satellite telecommunications is available.

INTERCEPT® Software and Touch-Screen Display

Coastal provides two options for data collection and display:

INTERCEPT Software (for users with their own onboard computer

INTERCEPT software will automatically gather, organize, archive and display data from WEATHERPAK marine weather stations.

Software Features:

  • Runs on Windows®* or Linux®** operating systems
  • Web-based for access from anywhere on a local area network
  • Customized and secure user accounts
  • Intuitive and easy-to-read user interface
  • Easily accessible and exportable data logs
  • Graphical display of wind data from all stations
  • Tabular summary of weather data from multiple stations (if applicable)
  • Station status information
  • User-configured alerts, alarms and customized diagnostic messages.

*Windows: registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation
**Linux: registered trademark of The Linux Foundation

Marine INTERCEPT Display

INTERCEPT Touch-Screen Display

The display features Coastal's proprietary INTERCEPT software for data collection, storage and processing.

Display Specifications

  • Display: 10.1" WXGA TFT LCD with LED backlight
  • IP65 plastic front bezel
  • Weight and dimensions:
    • 2.38 - 4.8 lbs (1.08 - 2.18 kg)
      depending on radio
    • 10.27 x 7.66 x 3.25 inches
      (26.09 x 19.46 x 8.26 cm)
  • Multiple mounting configurations:
    • Wall-mount articulating (swiveling)
    • Heavy-duty articulating desktop
    • Panel mount
  • AC or DC power options

Standard WEATHERPAK® Marine System and Optional Components

Standard WEATHERPAK Marine System and Optional Components
Dual Point WEATHERPAK Marine System
Components   Communication Options  
WEATHERPAK Housing White
  NMEA 0183 Output
Data Logger
  Serial to INTERCEPT
GPS
  IP to INTERCEPT
Compass
     
Quick Release Connector Mount
  Power Supply Options  
      Ship's DC Power (12 V DC)
Sensors     AC/DC Power Converter
Ultrasonic Wind Sensor
  Solar Power System
Barometer
     
Temperature/Relative Humidity Sensor
  Optional Accessories  
Mechanical Wind Sensor
  INTERCEPT Software
Stainless Steel Wind Sensor
  INTERCEPT Console Display
Barometer (0.23 mbar)
   
No-moving-parts Rain Gauge
  Standard System Components =
Solar Radiation Sensor
  Optional System Components =
Visibility and Present Weather Sensor
     
Lightning Detection
     
Marine Motion Sensor
     
Cloud Height
     

Global References

Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) WEATHERPAK®

Coastal partnered with the NOAA VOS program to develop WEATHERPAK shipboard weather stations to collect and transmit weather observations from commercial vessels at sea. Data from these weather stations is used to improve weather forecasts, warnings, and general monitoring of the state of the oceans and climate.

Features Include:

  • VOS WEATHERPAK weather stations are completely autonomous and independent of ship’s power and navigational equipment.
  • Direct transmission of SYNOP messages via Iridium satellite to servers anywhere in the world.
  • Solar power systems are rated for most latitudes and shipping routes.
  • Mounting hardware is rated for winds of 120 mph (54 m/s).
  • Quick-release technology allows for easy maintenance by port meteorological officers or other shipboard technicians.

Military

  • US Navy
  • US Coast Guard
  • Armada de México
  • Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory
  • (NPOL) – India
  • Chilean Navy
  • NATO
  • Israeli Navy
  • Marine Nationale (France)
  • Hellenic Navy (Greece)
  • Pakistan Navy
  • Peruvian Navy

Meteorological Agencies and Research Institutes

  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)
  • Hong Kong Observatory
  • National Council for Science and Technology of Mexico (CICESE)
  • National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) – Philippines

Industrial

  • ExxonMobil
  • TRANSAS
  • Shell Oil
  • Ecopetrol
  • Transocean
  • Boeing
  • Arabian Oil Company
  • Noble Corporation