Water quality monitoring at the Ghent-Terneuzen Sea Canal
North Sea Port is actively involved in the ‘Internet of Water’ project initiated by imec, VITO, Vlakwa, Vlaamse Milieu Maatschappij, De Watergroep and Aquafin with the support of the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO). Within this four-year research project, which was launched in 2019, Flanders is rolling out a dense network of smart sensors to monitor the water quality in the Ghent-Terneuzen canal. The goal is to continuously monitor parameters such as acidity (pH), salt concentration and temperature by 2023. Smart sensors have been placed at four locations on the Ghent-Terneuzen canal, specifically at Grootdok and Rodenhuizedok in Ghent and Autrichehaven and Zevenaarhaven in Terneuzen.
As a traffic artery for seagoing and inland vessels and as a source of cooling and process water for industry, the Ghent-Terneuzen Sea Canal performs a distinct economic function but needs to take account of nature development and biodiversity, high-quality living environment, sustainable water supplies and sustainable management for the wider region.
Source: North Sea Port