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Folkestone

  

Additional Information

 Wave buoy location  51° 03.76' N  001° 07.67' E
 WMO code  6201017
 Approximate water depth  12.7 m CD
 Approximate spring tidal range  6.5 m
 Storm threshold  2.5 m
 Met station location  51° 04.77 N  001° 10.19' E

 

Wave parameters are recorded using a Datawell Directional WaveRider Mk III buoy. The buoy was deployed on 08 July 2003 from the MV Wessex Explorer, at which time the magnetic declination at the site was 2.1° west, changing by 0.14° east per year.

The met station was replaced with new equipment in April 2015

15/08/2017 Scheduled service
18/01/2017 Scheduled service
18/07/2016 Scheduled service
27/04/2016 BT have now fixed a fault near the shore station and the data stream has resumed.
25/04/2016 Connection issues preventing data upload are being investigated.
16/02/2016  
Scheduled service (wave buoy)
05/01/2016 Scheduled service (met station)
13/07/2015 No data being received due to computer issues at the shore station. Will be resolved ASAP.
20/06/2015 Scheduled service
03/02/2015 Buoy redeployed
20/01/2015 Attempted re-dployment today aborted due to adverse sea conditions
19/01/2015 Attempted swap out of buoy due to unexpected depletion of batteries at last service. Problems with GPS position of replacement buoy means redployment will have to occur after work has been done on buoys back at port tonight.
04/12/2014 Scheduled service
30/04/2014 Scheduled service
08/11/2013 Scheduled service
16/05/2013 Buoy redeployed
30/04/2013 Buoy came adrift but was recovered same day
01/11/2012 New rain gauge now operational
19/09/2012 Scheduled service and re-battery
01/03/2012 Scheduled service
16/07/2011 The buoy has become adrift and reported by Dover Coastguard as beached near Folkestone.  Attempts are underway to recover it.
06/01/2011 Scheduled service
27/04/2010 Scheduled service, buoy in good condition once cleaned
09/11/2009 Scheduled service. Due to poor paint coverage the hull was swapped, top hatch remained the same.
26/06/2009 Scheduled service and GPS antenna replacement
27/01/2009 Scheduled service
18/07/2008 Buoy came adrift at 13:00
29/01/2008 Scheduled service
10/01/2008 GPS position is not updating
04/01/2006 The GPS position is not being updated. The fault is being investigated.
09/08/2004 The buoy was re-deployed on 29 July, but there are problems with the receiver
01/07/2004 The buoy was located 36m east of Ipswich. It has been recovered and is being checked and serviced before re-deployment.
28/06/2004 The buoy was been located approximately 36 miles offshore and is being recovered. The bungee had been cleanly cut, so it appears that it was cut free, rather than the buoy breaking free in the storms.
23/06/2004 Buoy has moved off its mooring, recovery attempts are underway
13/05/2004 W@ves21 software has been updated and all wave parameters are being properly processed
30/03/2004 The buoy was serviced on 28/03/04 but the RxD receiver has become de-tuned
24/02/2004 There is a problem with the W@ves21 software, which is not storing the wave parameters properly. The data are recoverable, but are not available in real-time. Datawell are investigating the problem.
04/08/2003 Receiver replaced
30/07/2003 Fault found to be failure of receiver at shore station. Replacement ordered.
28/07/2003 Intermittent faults with data reported and investigated

 

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