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Malau Gets Tide Station

Vanua Levu, for the first time, now has its own tide station. This was made possible through a joint operation between the Fiji Hydrographic Service (FHS) and the Korean Hydrographic
24 Jan 2019 12:36
Malau Gets Tide Station
Republic of Fiji Military Forces Naval Division senior hydrographic surveyor Lieutenant Jervis Robinson (standing fifth from the right), and Marine Information Technology Corpo- ration assistant manager Taerim Kim (fourth from the left-standing), with the tide station installation team at Malau Wharf in Labasa on January 23, 2019. Photo: :Shratika Naidu

Vanua Levu, for the first time, now has its own tide station.

This was made possible through a joint operation between the Fiji Hydrographic Service (FHS) and the Korean Hydrographic and Oceanographic Agency (KHOA).

The team started installation work at Malau Wharf in Labasa on Monday and complete it today.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces Naval Division senior hydrographic surveyor Lieutenant Jervis Robinson said the project was part of the ongoing Official Development Assistance (ODA) project by the Republic of Korea (ROK), which started in 2016.

The aim of the project is to assist the FHS monitor and address issues pertaining to climate change, including sea level rise.

Malau was chosen because of shipping in the area and the non-existence of a real time tide station in the area.

“This is the first station to be installed in Vanua Levu,” Lieutenant Robinson said.

“Before we used prediction since the 1900s for tidal changes. This machine will help in giving more accurate information about the tide. The station will be maintained by FHS.”

A team of three technicians from the ROK had assisted the FHS crew in installing the station.

“The tide station will provide accurate, real time tidal information for the greater Malau area,” Lieutenant Robinson said.

“In addition to tidal information, the station will provide oceanographic data including water temperature, salinity and other associated data types.

The tide station will be used to provide real time data for tidal modelling and assist in the determination of Mean Sea Level Rise in the Northern Portion of the Fiji Group.

Associated uses of this information are in support of shipping in the Northern Vanua Levu group.

Marine Information Technology Corporation assistant manager Taerim Kim said the cost of installation was close to US$50,000 (FJ$106,363.86).

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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