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September 2016 Issue

EdgeTech Modernizes Boone
County Water Rescue Tools

EdgeTech recently delivered a 4125 side scan sonar system to Boone County Water Rescue that was immediately deployed in the region weekly for bridge and pier surveys.

The new equipment was also called on to find a missing person in a nearby waterway. The team completed the task and brought an emotional, but important closure for the family.

Hawaiki Submarine Cable, TE
SubCom Launch Marine Route Survey

Hawaiki Submarine Cable LP and TE SubCom launched a marine route survey August 4, a significant stage in the deployment of Hawaiki, the 14,000-km transpacific cable system scheduled for completion in mid-2018.

Hawaiki will link Australia and New Zealand to the mainland United States, as well as Hawaii, with options to expand to several South Pacific islands.

Savannah Sees First Vessel
Through Expanded Panama Canal

The MOL Benefactor is the first vessel to call on the Port of Savannah through the new locks of the expanded Panama Canal. At a capacity of 10,100 20-ft. equivalent container units, the Benefactor is also the largest ship ever to call at the port.

The massive container ship, scheduled to move over 3,000 containers at GPA’s Garden City terminal, is also the first Savannah call of the G6 Alliance’s new NYX service.

DLBA Receives ISO Certification
Naval architecture and marine engineering from Donald L. Blount and Associates (DLBA) has been certified by the American Bureau of Shipping Quality Evaluations (ABS-QE) as conforming to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015.

DLBA is one of the few high-performance marine design firms to receive this certification, the company said.

CLIO Offshore Launches Survey,
ROV and Recovery Services

CLIO Offshore now offers client packages focused on survey, ROV and recovery projects down to 6,000 m deep. The containerized packages are designed for fast and efficient mobilization to drive operations from conceptual stages to completion.

Project solutions may encompass a suite of individual tools and services to supplement existing operations or complete project delivery and management to meet a specific objective successfully.

Maritime Vessel Tracking Hardware
Launches to International Space Station

JAMSS America Inc. is anticipating the arrival of its new Automatic Identification System (AIS) signal processing hardware on the International Space Station (ISS) that seeks to enhance maritime awareness and operations on Earth. The project, Global AIS on Space Station (GLASS), launched recently aboard a SpaceX Dragon rocket for a scheduled one-year demonstration period.

BMT Designers & Planners to Lead Effort for
Historic Coast Guard Sailing Barque EAGLE

BMT Designers & Planners is leading the effort to repower the historic U.S. Coast Guard training barque EAGLE. The $1.5 million project involves engineering, design, supply and logistics support to install a new MTU 8V4000 engine, ZF gearbox, propeller, automation system and other related components.

BMT will partner with Johnson & Towers and Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

GEE Completes Acquisition of EMC
Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) recently completed acquiring Emerging Markets Communications (EMC). The combining of the two creates one of the world’s largest providers of satellite-based connectivity and media for the mobile market, including maritime. It will also enable better customer service and provide customers with up-to-date information on products, maintenance and field support.

Texas A&M Nautical Archaeology, Galveston
Maritime Students Participate in Workshop

Earlier this year, six graduate students from Texas A&M’s Nautical Archaeology Program in College Station, Texas, teamed up with two Maritime Studies undergraduate students from Texas A&M Galveston to participate in a week-long Remote Sensing Workshop taught by AECOM’s J.B. Pelletier.

Students went aboard the RV Trident for two days to view a shipwreck site and record magnetometer and side scan sonar readings using the software learned earlier in the week.

Global Marine Completes Cable
Installation For Research Observatory

Global Marine Systems Ltd. has completed the final part of installing cable for the NEPTUNE deep-sea research observatory. NEPTUNE and VENUS are included in the North America Zone maintenance agreement.

The successfully completed maintenance operations by Global Marine have reconnected scientific instruments that had been out of action since the node/TRF was damaged by suspected fishing activity in January 2015.

Oregon State University Announces
Location For New Marine Studies Building

Oregon State University (OSU) President Edward J. Ray announced that the new $50 million center for global marine studies and education will be built at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The 100,000-sq.-ft. facility is an integral part of OSU’s ambitious Marine Studies Initiative, designed to educate students and conduct research on marine-related issues, from rising sea levels and ocean acidification to sustainable fisheries and economic stability.

Ray said that he believed the new facility can be built to sustain a 9.0 earthquake and an associated tsunami.


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