The Southern Ocean around the bottom of New Zealand is well known for being amongst the world’s most dangerous seas.
The Foveaux Straight between Bluff and Stewart Island is a busy access route for both local and international mariners and can be a very challenging. Adding to this are various reefs located within these waterways.
An important Aid to Navigation for this area is the Sector Light located at Howell’s Point Reserve in Riverton near Invercargill that looks south across the Foveaux Straight to Stewart Island. As the existing light was no longer operational, a replacement was needed to offer local mariner’s a visual aid to navigation to avoid the local hazards.
Given the location, the solution mandated that the light meet long range visibility requirements (9 NMs/White & 6NMs /Red), have clearly defined Red/White sectors, be suitable for emergency battery powered operation and most importantly come with well proven reliability.
Sabik's ODSL200 Omni Directional Sector light was selected for this project. In addition to offering the latest LED high precision sectored light output, this lantern is also equipped with the optional web-based LightGuard Remote Monitoring package. This allows authorised users quick and easy access to the lantern’s status and condition, including battery levels from any computer in the world. As such, there is no need to visit the location to check or confirm the light’s status. In the unlikely event of any issue, an email alert will be automatically sent to the nominated email address(es).
In addition to the Remote Monitoring, the lantern is also equipped with our LightGuard Bluetooth control. The ODSL200s are also designed to require minimal maintenance, other than cleaning of the lantern's protective exterior lens and weathershield. So, when the contractor is performing cleaning maintenance, they can use their smartphone to test the light and if need be the ODSL200's datalog can be downloaded from the lantern using the Bluetooth app and then forwarded to us by email or text to review quickly and accurately whilst they are still onsite.
This can be done quickly without any special tools, equipment or specialized training and most importantly without having to open or remove the lantern from its mounting structure, so therefore not affecting the lantern's precise alignment in relation to surrounding reefs.
The ODSL200 is designed to provide many years of reliable performance in even the harshest of locations like the Foveaux Straight, so we are pleased to be able to have been involved in providing the local mariners this latest High Precision Omni Directional Sector Light to assist them with their safe navigation around these often dangerous waters.
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