Seeing in Total Darkness in a Maritime Environment
The advantages of thermal imaging
Practically all of us associate the sea with holidays and fun, but it can be a dangerous place, especially in nighttime and bad weather. Yachts collide with other vessels, run on cliffs or other objects resulting in heavy damages and sometimes even loss of life. Some of these accidents happen in open water, others while navigating in harbors and ports.
Our eyes are the first line of defense against these hazards. Unfortunately, eyes are not the best detectors at night or in bad weather. Any accident at sea does not only have severe consequences for the vessel but also for its passengers and crew. A number of tools are available to help us detect potential dangers before they become a real hazard.
Thermal imagers are very effective in marine environments. They can detect objects floating in the water which may damage a vessel, or even worse, sink it. Other vessels, shipping lane traffic, buoys, and bridges are all seamlessly detected by thermal imaging.
Although there are other technologies available for helping you to navigate during the night and to help you prevent catastrophes, thermal imaging outperforms them, has some advantages over them or it can complement them.
(Left) A bridge in total darkness as captured by a standard camera. (Right) Thermal image of the bridge in total darkness. Even up to several kilometers away, seeing threats is an easy task for thermal imaging cameras.