The Dutch Government has coverted a platform in the North sea into an oceanographic measuring station and shipping traffic control post.
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Background: The Dutch Government has coverted a platform in the North sea into an oceanographic measuring station and shipping traffic control post.
The platform was built by Dutch businesmen and at one time housed the transmitters of pirate radio and television stations.
The pirate stations were outlawed some years ago and the Government took-over the structure.
Recently they began reconditioning the platform and installing sophisticated equipment for measuring water and wind conditions and air quality.
The platform is sited five miles (8 kms) from the shore, 11 miles (about 17 kms) north of the port of Scheveningen near The Hague.
In the future the Government will install equipment to gather data about currents and wave frequencies in the North Sea.
By then they hope the station will be unmanned. All data will be transmitted automatically to laboratories in the western Netherlands. Engineers and technicians will only have to visit the platform once every two weeks.