Principales PLOCAN offers access to its facilities in order to promote R&D&I in the marine-maritime sector. In addition, PLOCAN provides specialized services consisting of technology testing and demonstration, consulting and integrated management, and training and training. ACCOMMODATION: This service includes the accommodation of marine equipment, devices and technologies for testing activities, experiments or other resources of users in any of the ICTS facilities. Accommodation services involve regulated rights and conditions for the use of the facilities as well as associated services such as transport, installation, maintenance, monitoring, uninstallation, permits, accommodation, insurance and others. The cost of using the vehicles, equipment, facilities and technical support is equivalent to the result of adding 25% of indirect costs to the direct costs (approved by the Executive Committee in May/2013).// DATA PROVISION: PLOCAN's observational capabilities provide a series of data and information from its facilities that are available to users. This service is free. Additionally, users can request specific data or information that can be obtained through the icts resources within the scope of the integrated observatory (coastal, oceanic and extended). The cost of using the vehicles, equipment, facilities and technical support is equivalent to the result of adding 25% of indirect costs to the direct costs (approved by the Executive Committee in May/2013).// OPERATIONS: The operation of the multipurpose offshore platform, vehicles, instruments and other marine devices. This service uses PLOCAN's operational resources and capabilities to make the multipurpose offshore platform and singular vehicles available to users, under regulated conditions. This service may involve associated services related to installation, operation, maintenance, transportation, insurance, uninstallation and others. In May 2013 the Executive Committee approved the daily cost for the use of the glider with a minimum access of 3 weeks including insurance, operation (launch, piloting and recovery), data processing and technical support necessary for its operation. For the rest of the vehicles, equipment, facilities and technical support, it is equivalent to the result of adding 25% of indirect costs to the direct costs (approved by the Executive Committee in May/2013).
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PLOCAN offers onshore and offshore facilities to promote long-term observation and sustainability of the oceans, providing a cost-effective mix of services. PLOCAN is able to provide multidisciplinary access and logistical support through its onshore installation and two marine test beds (Port of Taliarte and offshore region). These facilities are located on the northeast coast of the island of Gran Canaria, integrating the ocean platform into the offshore test bench. Multipurpose Offshore Platform: The infrastructure, built on a caisson resting on the seabed, consists of the following different levels, each for a different use: HELIPORT: Located above the command center, capable of housing helicopters up to a maximum length of 18 and 6 tons. Currently, under legalization procedures. COMMAND CENTER (86 m2): Elevated on the deck, with 360º vision. All control and operation activities of the platform and the test site are managed from here. BUILDING: Divided into two floors, the housing laboratories (297 m2), classrooms (39 m2), kitchen (64 m2), dining room (80 m2), living room (37 m2), etc. PLATFORM LEVEL: This is a hangar (590 m2) and an open work area (546 m2) where there is an open test tank (6.0 x 7.8 m). It has a telescopic crane to stack containers. The test tank will facilitate sea trials and the launch of specific underwater vehicles and equipment at sea. BASE LEVEL (1,215 m2): Houses the facilities rooms and energy management equipment. The main facilities of the platform are two floating docks of dimensions 3.0 x 6.7 m. in the south corner of the structure, personnel transfer basket (by crane) capable of transporting up to four standing passengers or 2 people plus stretcher (Maximum gross weight: 800kg), telescopic crane with a 17.70 m, Wastewater treatment plant: 2 grey treatment plants (for recycling 3,500 l/d) and sewer water (about 94% reduction in BOD, 93% in SS and 80% in CDO); tanks of 3x11 m3 that obtain seawater from different depths and tanks of 2x16 m3, one with seawater that will undergo a desalination process and pass to the other where fresh water accumulates, desalination system with a capacity of 16 m3 / d, freshwater tank, hand tools and other small equipment, two pallet trucks with a maximum load capacity of 2.5tn. It has a 15MW underwater electrical and communications infrastructure that will allow the connection of marine technologies that carry out tests on the high seas during their demonstration phase. It consists of two cables installed at a depth of 40m of water, located on the test bench, approximately 2km away from the coast. It will be a knot between marine devices and the national network on land. It consists of two medium-voltage submarine hybrid cables (13.2kVac cable for the evacuation of electricity, optical fiber for communications and 400Vdc cable for powering auxiliary equipment). The test bench is supported by the onsa land headquarters, located in Taliarte next to the Port of Taliarte, about 8km from the airport and 20km from the city of Las Palmas GC and the Ports of Las Palmas. The area has meeting rooms, meeting rooms, workshops, operations control rooms, underwater vehicle workshops and calibration tanks for underwater vehicles, laboratories (wet and dry), classrooms, offices and multipurpose rooms.
SAILBOUY: Autonomous surface vehicle. Mod. Sailbuoy. Year: 2016. Serial Number: 1605. Manufacturer: Offshore Sensing (Norway). ROV AND ACCESSORIES: Remote operation vehicle. Mod. Seabotix Vlbv - 950 (950 m). Serial number: EBR-1000-0614-066. Payload: Bowtech HD b/n camera, Bowtech HD color camera, Tritech Micron MK3 sonar, 2GL arm. Manufacturer: Seabotix (USA) GLIDER SLOCUM: Sliding platform Slocum Subsea platform Mod. SLOCUM G2-Deep (1000 m.) Hybrid. Serial Number: 492. Manufacturer: Teledyne Webb Research (USA). LARS (LAUNCH AND RECOVERY SYSTEM): Launch and Recovery System. Mod. Compact LITE. Serial Number: 18846. Manufacturer: POMMEC (Netherlands). Designed and built to use the least amount of deck space, with IMCA diving standards and their specific requirements and with the following global dimensions: 2.5x2.2x4.3 m. Maximum weight of 3.2 tons. WAVEGLIDER ASSV: Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV). Mod. Wave Glider SV2. Serial Number: 3051. Manufacturer: Liquid Robotics (USA). HYPERBARIC CHAMBER: 1.8 meter container hyperbaric chamber with air compressor and air bank included. Mod. IB - 180. Year: 2015. Manufacturer: IBERCO (Spain). MEGA CRANE 2.000KG: Gantry crane with a maximum load capacity of 2 tons. MILI-Q WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM: Type II and I+ water production. Model: Elix for Type II water production and Milli-Q Advantage for Type I+ water production. Millipore, Merck. FLUOROMETER: performs fluorescence, absorbance and turbidity measurements using the appropriate Application Module. It has excellent sensitivity and a wide measuring range. It is equipped with a Chl a-Extracted-Acidification module for determination of chlorophyll a in seawater samples and calibration of chlorophyll sensors. LAMINAR FLOW CABIN: Reduce contamination with particles in the handling of samples. Model: Class 100 Helios 72, ALS. TITRATOR SYSTEM WITH 5 ML/20 ML EXCHANGE UNITS: Determination of dissolved oxygen and alkalinity in seawater samples. Titrino 888, Metrohm. FUME HOOD: It is a type of local ventilation device designed to limit exposure to hazardous or toxic fumes, vapors or dusts. FACILITIES IN THE PORT OF TALIARTE: The Port of Taliarte is established as a base port, with a capacity of 100 m of its own berthing line with water and electricity supply, 4.5 m of minimum draft and facilities (2,000 m2) for its two current vessels (25 and 40 meters in length). The port has an access ramp to the sea that facilitates vehicle testing operations, two warehouses of 40m2, two 1000mm pipes for the sea-land-sea connection and multiple communication and control systems. OFFSHORE AND ONSHORE CONTAINERS: 20-foot, 10-foot offshore and onshore containers for storage. RADAR HF (2017): RADAR HF. Radar for monitoring surface sea currents. Model: Seasonde de CODAR. NAVIGATION RADAR: Surveillance of maritime traffic at the test site. Model: X-band radar 12 kW. TWO VESSELS: Two ships operated by PLOCAN personnel. BOAT 1: PLOCAN 1 boat with capacity for 12 people. Length 11,84m, Width: 3.50m, Maximum speed: 45 knots. PLOCAN 2 with capacity for 5 people. Length 5.20m, width: 2.18m, maximum speed: 40 nudes. CDTICMar EQUIPMENT: CIC - Integrated Land-Sea Communications Center: land-sea connection point between the facilities: the test bench, the ocean platform and its ground station. It includes communications technologies such as: satellite, WiMAX, TETRA and marine band. IPD - Data Processing Infrastructure and Technology: Constitutes the place where information is processed. It presents resources to provide services based on Cloud Computing and virtual servers. The infrastructure features a NAGIOS alarm control system, 8 HP Proliant SL2500 servers, an HP 3PAR StoreServ 7200 storage area network (SAN), and two HP R5000 INTL uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. IDF - Demonstrations and Training Support Infrastructure: Dissemination and collaboration environment that functions as a space for the organization of events in the maritime and maritime sector, training center, presentation of products and commercial services between companies, universities, public institutions and suppliers and customers. It includes a 2x3 Samsung UD55C video wall, a Polycom RealPresence500 video conferencing system, 5 Dell Optiplex 9020 workstations, 5 Fujitsu Lifebook E754 HM86 laptops, 5 Samsung Galaxy Tabs 10.5" tablets. DRON: Flying robot of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), remotely controlled with on-board sensors and GPS. Model: Phanton 4. SECURITY CAMERAS (3 UNITS): Axis fixed dome cameras are compact cameras with a domed housing. They are discreetly and strategically located in the PLOCAN infrastructures for the supervision of all the elements installed at the test site. MINIVOLUMEN VEHICLE: COMBI TRENDLINE LONG 2.0 TDI 140CV vehicle supporting logistics activities at the test site. AUXILIARY BUOYS (2UNITS): Auxiliary buoy, with a 1.6 m hull made of rotomolded polyethylene and filled with expanded polystyrene foam, which ensures flotation in case of a broken skin. Its steel structure supports the mooring and tower evenly, distributing loads on the upper surface of the hull.
The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a public consortium created in 2007 between the then Ministry of Education and Science, now the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO), and the Government of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, with the aim of building, equipping and operating a set of marine infrastructures for research in the field of marine sciences and technologies. In 2012 this agreement was updated by agreement between the General State Administration (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness) and the Government of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands. Finally, on December 29, 2015, the General State Administration, by agreement of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the Government of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, signed a new agreement to modify the "Collaboration agreement between the Ministry of Education and Science and the Government of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands for the creation of the Consortium for design, construction, equipment and operation of the Canary Islands Ocean Platform". PLOCAN is a Singular Scientific-Technical Infrastructure (ICTS) belonging to the ICTS Map of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. PLOCAN is part of the Map of Singular Scientific-Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) that includes facilities, resources, equipment and unique services dedicated to cutting-edge research and technological development of the highest quality, in addition to promoting the transmission, exchange and preservation of knowledge, technology transfer and innovation.
PLOCAN has a staff that oscillates around 30 qualified professionals with scientific-technological and economic-administrative training, and with a high level of languages.