Barnacle Systems Wins Ecostar Award for Innovation in Environmental Sustainability
Barnacle Systems is recognized for the development of BRNKL Rapid Deploy, revolutionizing coastal protection and Coast Guard operations.
VICTORIA, BC, November 9, 2023 – Barnacle Systems, a leader in innovative maritime solutions, proudly accepts the Ecostar Award in the “Innovation” category. The award recognizes the BRNKL Rapid Deploy, a system designed to address challenges in ocean protection.
The BRNKL Rapid Deploy actively contributes to environmental protection by preventing derelict boats from sinking unknowingly and releasing hazardous chemicals into the ocean. When placed onboard a vessel, it alerts the Coast Guard to potential risks, reducing the threat of pollution and minimizing the impact on marine ecosystems.
Before the introduction of this technology, the Coast Guard would inspect each abandoned vessel in person. The Rapid Deploy allows for real-time remote monitoring, letting the Coast Guard prioritize efforts on the most critical tasks. As of June 2023, a total of 45 Rapid Deploy units have been delivered to the Canadian Coast Guard to monitor hazardous vessels across Canada.
Beyond its immediate impact on coastal protection, the development of the BRNKL Rapid Deploy has raised awareness among national communities about the risks posed by abandoned vessels. The BRNKL Rapid Deploy serves as a catalyst for informed action.
“We are honoured to receive the Ecostar Award for Innovation, recognizing the impact of the BRNKL Rapid Deploy in protecting our nation’s coastlines,” said Brandon Wright, CEO at Barnacle Systems. “Working alongside the Canadian Coast Guard has been a privilege, and we are committed to expanding the reach of our systems to give our oceans the protection they deserve.”
Barnacle Systems remains steadfast in its dedication to environmental stewardship, and the Ecostar Award serves as a testament to the positive impact of the BRNKL Rapid Deploy on environmental protection.
About the Ecostar Awards
Since 2015, the Ecostar Awards have recognized outstanding environmental achievements and leadership on Vancouver Island. The awards are presented to Vancouver Island-based businesses, non-profits, academia, governments and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional environmental and social initiatives. Learn more at www.ecostarawards.com
About Barnacle Systems
Barnacle Systems Inc. is an award-winning manufacturer of security and monitoring products for boats. Barnacle has developed products that protect recreational, industrial, and military vessels in over 40 countries around the world. Learn more at www.brnkl.io
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The BRNKL Rapid Deploy is a remote monitoring system for tracking and receiving alerts from abandoned boats that threaten coastlines. It’s a portable and solar-powered system that provides notifications over cellular and satellite communications if a hazardous boat becomes a threat to the environment or to maritime navigation.
The system is placed on board a vessel of concern, and sends alerts to the managing group if the boat begins to drag its anchor, begins to sink, catches fire, or if an intruder gets on board. The product features remote monitoring, GPS monitoring with a geofence, and pitch/heel/list monitoring to monitor the state of the vessel in the water.