ST. JOHN'S, June 2 /CNW/ - Rutter Inc. (TSX: RUT) Rutter Technologies, a
subsidiary of Rutter Inc., is pleased to report that a successful independent
trial was carried out to test the viability of its Sigma S6 Radar processing
system for oil slick detection. This trial proved that the Sigma S6 System
could detect oil on the sea surface from a moving vessel using conventional
marine X-band and S-band radars.
The trial was carried out with the permission of the Norwegian government
under the supervision of the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating
Companies (NOFO) and the Norwegian Coastal Administration. The Norwegian
Coastguard hosted the trials. Planning and reporting was conducted by
Norconsult, Norway's largest consulting engineering group.
Commenting on the successful trial, Byron Dawe, President of Rutter
Technologies, Products Division noted, "Our Sigma S6 radar technology has
already proven itself as a valuable resource for ice navigation and in small
target detection applications ranging from search and rescue to security. We
are extremely pleased that this trial has shown yet another application for
the S6. Using Rutter's Sigma S6 radar processor, a vessel can now reliably
detect and track an oil slick. As well, the technology enables the vessel to
track an oil slick at night or in low visibility conditions," Dawe stated.
"These results have significant positive implications for environmental
monitoring and oil spill clean up activities at a time when public
expectations with respect to environmental stewardship are at an all time
high," said Mr. Fraser Edison, Rutter Inc. Executive Vice-President.
"Organizations challenged to find, delineate and clean up spills, have a new
technology to help them do that. What is particularly significant is that the
Sigma S6 technology allows teams deployed for oil spill containment and
recovery to track these slicks while they are moving toward them," said
About The Trial - The trial consisted of three individual tests conducted
in an area north of Andoya Island, Norway. Initially winds were ENE 7-9m/s and
sea state 4. Later in the trial (into the second test) the wind calmed to
4-5m/s and the sea state fell to 2-3. The first test involved a 1200 litre
oil-in- water emulsion spill and the Sigma S6 was able to detect the slick on
short pulse with a conventional X band radar at a distance of 1 nautical mile.
The second spill of 2400 litre oil-in-water emulsion was detected at 1
nautical mile using both the X and S-band radars. The third test involved a
600 litre oil- in-water emulsion spill with the slick being detected using the
X-band radar. All spills were detected while the ship was moving.
About Rutter - Rutter Inc. is a global enterprise focused on providing
innovative electronics and engineering solutions. Rutter Technologies
specializes in the provision of voyage data recorders, advanced radar
technology, interfacing solutions, marine safety lights and other innovative
products. Rutter Technologies also offers turnkey outsource manufacturing
services. With offices in Canada and Europe, and a worldwide dealer and
service network, its mission is to deliver world class technologies and
manufacturing solutions that enhance the safety, security and efficiency of
operations. For more information see www.rutter.ca.
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but not limited to, change in technology and general market conditions. Due to
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For further information:
For further information: Byron Dawe, President, Rutter Technologies,
Products Division, (709) 368-4213; Dan Herder, Corporate Secretary, Rutter
Inc., (709) 368-3174