Finishing the work in Roche's Point

Today, a team of Sea-Technicians returned to Roches Point in order to reinstall the camera that we had removed to repair a short while ago. It was the first time that Jonathan, the new intern, travelled to the lighthouse located at the entrance of Cork Harbour. Furthermore he had never been in this kind of building, so it was very surprised with all. Jonathan is a Brazilian chap who is studying Energy Engineering in CIT, in Cork.

The first part of the morning Jonathan and I had to configure in the National Maritime College’s wet lab the setup of the IP Camera. A SEA-Tech senior engineer was here to help but we mostly did it all on our own. First things first, (RTFM) we needed to read a manual and know how it works. For instance, we looked how it was powered, in this case just with a network cable, since four of the eight pines can be used to it, we have learnt more about Power Over Ethernet (PoE). Then we had to find out the correct IP address of the camera to connect with it and check in the webui and the quality of the lens. ETO Students in NMCI who are graduating with a Marine Electrotechnology (BEng) also learn this stuff, because it’s useful of ships too.

Once we finished with this step, we needed to think the way of installing in the lighthouse and the material we could need to fix it. Easier said than done what all you have is your imagination and some field notes!

As SEA-Tech’s Senior Engineer, Arnaud explains us every time, the preparation before the travelling is very important, and everything that we will need must be in the proper place in our mobile workshop minivan. Once we were sure, to be sure that nothing was left behind, we left the NMCI and got to the lighthouse, where we completed the installation of the camera.

Nowadays, ICT is everywhere, at home, in the office, in hospitals or petrol stations and maritime is not an exception. SeaTech offer solutions to marine communication that worth being considered. Talking about Lighthouses, SeaFi is a good alternative to conserve their environment; being used as relay stations, which broadcast signals and allow administration data, orders, reports or images/videos to be sent ashore and received in a timely manner, long before the ship safely ties alongside. It is a pity that these buildings will be changed or destroyed, since they often are history and part of our coastline. I hope that their lights never turn off.

Honestly I feel that it is being a good experience for me, being able to learn new fieldwork working methods that certainly are going to have good impact on my professional future.