Navy ship maintains environmental monitoring buoys from north to south of the country

This system has five buoys distributed along national waters

The hydro-oceanographic vessel D. Carlos I departed on April 12, from the Lisbon Naval Base, to carry out, during the next month, the maintenance of the multiparameter buoys of the Integrated Environmental Monitoring System for the Portuguese Exclusive Economic Zone (MONIZEE).

This system has five buoys distributed along national waters from north to south of Portugal, off Leixões, Nazaré, Cabo Espichel and Faro.

«The maintenance of these buoys, carried out periodically, is essential to maintain the proper functioning of the sensors and the transmission of meteorological and oceanographic parameters in real time», explains the Navy.

The operation of collecting and placing the buoy, given its complexity, «requires specialized means and teams» and, for this reason, a technical team from the Hydrographic Institute and two divers from the Portuguese Navy are on board the NRP D. Carlos I.

The ship is on a mission until the 14th of May and, during this period, it will also participate in the AQUIMAR project – General characterization of aquaculture areas for the establishment of marine cultures.

This project aims to identify the places with the greatest aptitude for the practice of aquaculture and characterize the oceanographic, physicochemical, geochemical and biological conditions of the selected areas​.​