Observation stations within the SHIP station network transmit their observations in the form of FM 13-IX SHIP, FM 18-X BUOY, Light Vessel, Marid, Marine logbooks, NAVY, OWS, PLAT/RIG, and VOF messages which are combined and described by the SHIP message. This is because a great many ships do not include a valid call sign in their reports; the call sign may be missing or invalid. When this occurs, Midas will substitute the call sign value “SHIP”. Measurements are taken worldwide from sea based stations (ships, rigs, platforms and moored buoys). The SHIP message contains observed elements such as weather, cloud, temperature, precipitation, wind, visibility, and pressure.
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Transmission of SHIP messages.
In order for a SHIP message to be transmitted by an observation station, specific instruments are required to perform to certain standards. These include an anemometer, thermometer, station observer, visiometer, barometer, hygrometer, and raingauge. The SHIP message is a combination of multiple messages in which measurements are taken worldwide from sea based stations (ships, rigs, platforms and moored buoys). The messages include FM 13-IX SHIP, FM 18-X BUOY, Light Vessel, Marid, Marine logbooks, NAVY, OWS, PLAT/RIG, and VOF messages. FM 13-IX SHIP, FM 18-X BUOY, VOF and PLAT messages are submitted automatically at 0100Z daily. Marine logbooks, OWS and NAVY messages are submitted intermittently. Ingest scripts run at the BADC every 20 minutes, converting the incoming files to the self describing BADC-CSV format, but neither the processed or raw data are placed into archive until the following day. The relevant parameters are stored in the MIDAS dataset on the BADC website.
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