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Marlan Maritime Technologies Ltd.

Maritime software, hardware and Research & Development

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Marlan Maritime Technologies Ltd. offers a unique solution for cost-effectively monitoring dynamic intertidal coastal zones using shore-based radar remote sensing. Shallow waters, beaches and sandbanks are traditionally some of the most difficult areas to survey and monitor, yet they play a vital role in protecting our coastlines from flooding and erosion. Due to increased pressure from rising sea levels, increased storm frequency and continued human development at the coast, many of these vulnerable areas are at risk of degradation and now more than ever, innovative and cost-effective monitoring techniques are required to properly manage our coastal environment, especially in densely populated coastal cities such as Liverpool. The newly developed Marlan radar survey system allows coastal managers, engineers and scientists to observe our dynamic coastline and the processes that drive long and short-term change. This new service provides information that was previously prohibitively expensive to gather enabling better data-based management decisions and informing more effective design and construction of coastal defences.

What prompted you to develop it?

Across the globe, vast amount of human assets including densely populated residential areas, industrial zones and infrastructure are at risk from coastal flooding and damage by erosion and during storms. There is currently a lack of long term monitoring of the changes that occur in dynamic coastal environments that protect these vulnerable areas. Engineers and scientists at Marlan have decades of experience working with radar and camera systems and through our collaboration with the University of Liverpool and The National Oceanography Centre we are now able to leverage that experience and use it to monitor our changing coastline; contributing to our motto protecting people, places and profits in maritime environments.

Is it in production or use?

Given the unique nature of the service and the significant niche problem that it solves, we are already at capacity for orders this year and expect to be able to deliver our service to many more customers over the next few years as we continue to build our fleet of equipment and staff. We have recently completed the first commercial deployment at Sefton Beach and are now preparing to deploy at a site on the South Coast and we are currently building a second survey platform to scale our operations and provide this service to more customers simultaneously.

Who inspires you?

When Xerxes the Great of Persia invaded ancient Greece he ordered a great bridge constructed across the Hellespont between Asia and Europe. A terrible storm descended and destroyed the bridge. In response Xerxes ordered the sea whipped, branded with hot irons and chains thrown at it in punishment, he then beheaded all of the engineers responsible for constructing the bridge. Lack of monitoring and prediction exacerbates natural disasters, and a lack of understanding of environmental phenomena leads to completely inappropriate responses to these events and this holds true now as it did in ancient times, albeit with less dramatic consequences for engineering failures. We have had the honour of working with some truly excellent people during the development of our product and these brilliant scientists, engineers and managers who have spent their entire careers trying to better understand the complexity of coastal systems. They inspire us to provide a service that gives them the greatest amount of information and allows them to make the best, data-driven decisions while managing and protecting our precious and vulnerable coast.

What do you hope to achieve in developing this innovation?

This service offers a unique method of continuously monitoring our coastlines cost-effectively providing a density of information that was incredibly expensive to obtain using traditional technologies. We hope that a network of these systems will provide unprecedented information on changing coastal morphology that will greatly improve coastal science and management. This will ultimately benefit society through better flood modelling and prediction, better management of coastal defences and a better understanding of a very complex and dynamic system.   


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Date of Application

May 2017