Port Operations

Use real-time wave and water level observations to help vessels and people move safely and efficiently.

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Access site-specific observations

Utilize hyperlocal wave, wind, barometric pressure, water level, etc. data to validate port conditions in real-time.

Promote safe transit

Integrate wave data into port management software or under-keel clearance calculation systems to ensure that vessels move and moor safely, and that pilot boarding operations proceed safely.

Optimize onsite work conditions

Establish baseline measurements for turbidity and other key metrics to know when — and when not — to initiate dredging, seabed mapping, and environmental assessment projects.

Spotter device


Spotter is a turnkey open-ocean buoy that gives you access to real-time ocean data at your fingertips: wind, waves, sea surface temperatures, and more. Get access to the device, data dashboard, and the API, all in one package.

It all comes in a small, easy-to-deploy package. Spotters are cost-effective, sustainably-powered, and designed to provide the flexibility you need for your projects.  


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Smart Mooring Device

Smart Mooring

Easily integrate a Temperature and/or a Pressure sensor with Spotter as a hub for power and connectivity. No configurations needed: just connect and access your Smart Mooring data right away from our API and dashboard.

With Smart Mooring, anyone from a citizen scientist to a natural resource manager can equip Spotter with any combination of sensors in the water column for immediate access to that data.

Port of Lyttelton - Sofar Ocean Spotter as primary offshore wave buoy
Port of Lyttelton - Sofar Ocean Spotter as primary offshore wave buoy

At the Port of Lyttelton in New Zealand, officials use Spotter as the primary source of offshore wave data.
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