Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: A wave rider buoy costing around Rs.1 crore along with its accessories will be installed at a depth of 20 metres off the Gangavaram coast on Monday.

The buoy, which was inaugurated by Andhra University Vice-Chancellor Beela Satyanarayana on Sunday, will give information on tsunami, cyclones and potential fishing zones.

The buoy is being installed under the initiative of Ministry of Earth Sciences. The AU’s Centre for Studies on the Bay of Bengal will study the data furnished through the buoy and transmit the information online.

AU will play a big role in the venture jointly with the National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) with the collaborative efforts of the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa and Visakhapatnam, Indian Coast Guard, Navy, AP Marine Police, Visakhapatnam and Gangavaram ports.

The buoy will have multiple sensor systems capable of generating data on the ocean state and extreme events like storm surges and tsunami. Its sensors can withstand all odds including wave action and wind action, humidity and temperature.

It will collect data continuously. It is equipped with warning mechanism like fluorescent colours and LED lamps to alert fishing and shipping operations. High frequency of antenna located on the top of buoy will transmit data to a nearby signal station. The server located at AU can be accessed by user agencies.

“The installation of the buoy in this part of the Bay will be useful for shipping as well as fishing apart from warning on weather,” DIG of Coast Guard G. P. Raj said. He said the fishermen should maintain a distance of 500 metres while venturing into the sea at Gangavaram.