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Moog Supplies Camera System for WHOI Research Vessel

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Research vessel Atlantis II underway with rugged, marine camera system from Moog Moog Inc. Space and Defense Group has supplied the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) with a new, rugged camera system for launch and recovery of the Alvin submarine aboard the research vessel Atlantis II. The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command mandates that the crew of Atlantis II be able to see the latch pin, which is part of the launch and recovery system (LARS) for use with Alvin. When WHOI upgraded and returned its Alvin submarine to service, the submarine’s size obscured the view of the latch pin from the “doghouse,” or aft compartment where the crew operates the hydraulic controls for the LARS. WHOI selected the Moog EXO Stainless Steel Corrosion Resistant Camera System to mount on the Atlantis II A-frame to provide visibility. The operator working in the Atlantis’ doghouse needs to see the locking mechanism that prevents Alvin from dropping, if the rope ever failed, and this is why WHOI and Moog mounted the camera system on the ship’s A-frame. It is necessary to keep the camera focused on this pin during launch-and-recovery operations. When the LARS is not in use, the camera doubles as a security camera for either at-sea deck operations, or for dock-side security. The Atlantis and her A-frame experience jittering from a complex series of hydraulic rams. Ordinary marine cameras cannot take the intense vibration

Land Joins WHOI as General Counsel, VP for Legal Affairs

Chris Land (Photo: WHOI)

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has appointed Christopher Land to be its General Counsel and Vice President for Legal Affairs. Land assumes his post on March 3.  As general counsel, Land will provide advice, opinions and representation on all areas of law affecting the Institution. Among his duties will be engaging in Institution strategy and business development; providing counsel and advice concerning compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations

Navy Research Vessel Launched with Siemens Propulsion

February 22 marked the launch of Neil Armstrong, the first of two Navy oceanographic research vessels to be launched with Siemens Blue multi-drive low voltage system. Neil Armstrong was launched in Anacortes, Washington. Siemens said the use of Siemens Blue improves the vessels reliability due to failsafe features that help the vessel owner lower maintenance costs, increase efficiency and improve operational ease for the vessel and crew

Iron Supplements Tested as Means to Improve Ocean Health and Climate

Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will host a public forum to discuss the pros and cons of “iron fertilization” of the oceans as a means to mediate global warming. The forum, entitled “Ocean Fertilization: Ironing Out Uncertainties in Climate Engineering,” is a public follow-up to an interdisciplinary science workshop conducted at WHOI in September. The free event will be held at 2:30 p.m

Nortek Technical Symposium 2013

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Register is now open for the 2013 Nortek Technical Symposium in San Diego, California on September 20-21, Nortek announced. This year’s event features keynote speakers from Ocean Observatories Initiative, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Attendees and presenters also include a host of other scientific researchers, engineers, system integrators and operational clients

Woods Hole Group Clinches Multi-Year O&M Contract

  Woods Hole Group will be working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services for the operation and maintenance of Physical Oceanographic Real Time System along the East Coast of the USA, and along the Gulf of Mexico coast in Texas and Louisiana. NOAA PORTS® is a network of sensors in ports and harbors providing access to information improving maritime commerce and safety.  

Oceanology International to be Held in New Orleans

The premier Oceanology International Americas 2003 Exhibition/The Oceanography Society Ocean (OI) Conference will be held inn New Orleans, La., at the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center on June 4-6. Organized by Spearhead Exhibitions Ltd., OI is part of the second "Americas" version of Oceanology International. This year, the event features an exciting integration of Spearhead’s exhibition expertise and the technical reputation of The Oceanography Society, combining the best of both

Gladding-Hearn Delivers Research Boat to WHOI

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has taken delivery of Tioga, a new coastal research vessel from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. Designed by Roger Long Marine Architecture, the all-aluminum vessel, replaces the Institution’s aging 46-foot vessel Asterias. The new vessel’s shallow-V planing hull measures 60 ft. overall, with a 17.7-ft. beam and 5-ft. draft. The vessel is U.S. Coast Guard-certified for up to 49-passengers.

US Navy Adds New Research Vessel

Carol Armstrong, sponsor for the R/V Neil Armstrong , breaks a bottle across bow during a christening ceremony at Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., shipyard in Anacortes, Wash. Joining Carol on the platform are Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, left, chief of naval research, Dick Nelson, president, Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., and Kali Armstrong, granddaughter of the late astronaut. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Yesterday marked the christening of the U.S. Navy’s new state-of-the-art Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) scientific research vessel R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) at the Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes, Washington. According to the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the newest research vessel will join its six-vessel research fleet next year. Each vesselis assigned to a U.S. oceanographic institution or university

WHOI Scans Ocean for Fukushima Radiation

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With concern among the public over the plume of radioactive ocean water from Fukushima arriving on the West Coast of North America and no U.S. government or international plan to monitor it, a new project from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is filling a timely information gap. Just two weeks after launching the crowd sourcing campaign and citizen science website, “How Radioactive Is Our Ocean,” WHOI marine chemist Ken Buesseler’s project has received more than

USCG, Royal Canadian Navy Conduct Jt Exercise

Joint Exercise

  U.S. Coast Guard crews from Southeastern New England conducted various evolutions with the Royal Canadian Navy to train and improve the inter-operability of the two nations’ militaries and surface search and rescue assets. Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Station Provincetown

Examining the Fate of Fukushima Contaminants

Researchers deployed time-series sediment traps 115 kilometers southeast of the nuclear power plant at depths of 500 meters and 1,000 meters. The two traps began collecting samples on July 19, 2011—130 days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami—and were recovered and reset annually. (Makio Honda, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)

A fraction of buried, ocean sediment uncovered by typhoons, carried offshore by currents   An international research team reports results of a three-year study of sediment samples collected offshore from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in a new paper published August 18, 2015

Richardson Confirmed as Next CNO

Adm. John M. Richardson (U.S. Navy photo)

Adm. John M. Richardson, director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, was confirmed by the Senate as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Aug. 5.    Richardson will replace Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert who has been CNO since September 2011. Vice Adm

Allied Marine Crane Outfits R/V Neil Armstrong

(Photo: Allied Marine Crane)

The U.S. Navy’s research vessel Neil Armstrong (AGOR-27), scheduled for completion this year, is equipped with a modern array of oceanographic research equipment. To handle this equipment, Allied Marine Crane, a division of Allied Systems, Co

Climate Change Boosts Galapagos Penguin Population

A new study compared sea surface temperatures with endangered Galapagos Penguin population counts and found that the penguin population doubled while waters cooled around their nesting islands. (Courtesy of Snowmanradio/Flickr)

New study finds shifting winds and ocean currents helped double endangered Galapagos Penguin population   Shifts in trade winds and ocean currents powered a resurgence of endangered Galapagos Penguins over the past 30 years, according to a new study led by researchers at the Woods Hole

UNOLS Seeks Nominations for Council Positions

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is an organization of academic oceanographic institutions working in cooperation with agencies of the U.S. Federal Government to ensure broad access to modern, well-operated, state-of-the-art research vessels, submersibles, aircraft

UNOLS Seeks Fleet Improvement Committee Chair

R/V Atlantis (Photo: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) informs it is seeking nominations to fill a Fleet Improvement Committee (FIC) Chair position.   The position, which becomes vacant in Fall 2015, would see the selected candidate assume leadership after the 2015 Annual UNOLS

USCG Assists Sinking Vessel East of Nantucket

Coast Guard Cutter-Sanibel1

  The Coast Guard is responding to a fishing boat taking on water 130 miles east of Nantucket, Massachusetts, Saturday. At about 12:45 a.m., the fishing vessel Athena’s crew reported to Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders in Woods Hole, Massachusetts

USCG Terminates Charters Boat Voyage In Buzzards Bay

a crew from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Massachusetts, boarded the vessel

  The Coast Guard terminated the trip of a 23-foot charter vessel today in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, due to an expired operator's license and evidence of illegal fishing. During a random safety boarding, a crew from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Nomination for Next CNO Announced

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announces during a Pentagon press briefing that he has recommended Adm. John M. Richardson as the next Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1s

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced today during a Pentagon press briefing that he has recommended Adm. John M. Richardson as the next Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). A career submarine officer, Richardson is currently director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program

USN Announces 2015 Young Investigators

Department of the  USN

  It's a career-defining moment for 36 college and university faculty April 30, as the Department of the Navy announces the recipients of its 2015 Young Investigator Program, one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the country.

Oil Under Ice

Helix Oil Skimmer being deployed off the USCGC HEALY.

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab       How did an urgent requirement to build a road to Alaska end up helping to design submarines and to recover oil spills in the Arctic ice?

USCG Rescues 2 Fishermen near Block Island

Coast Guard crews rescue two fishermen from their sinking vessel 10 miles south of Newport, R.I., on March 23, 2015. Crews from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, Coast Guard Station Point Judith, and Air Station Cape Cod res

  Coast Guard crews rescued two fishermen from a sinking vessel 10 miles south of Newport, Rhode Island, Monday. At approximately noon, the two person crew of the 38-foot fishing boat More Misery notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole

Fishing Boat Adrift Near Nantucket

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Jake Ayers)

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a stranded fishing vessel 32 miles east of Nantucket, Massachusetts, Wednesday.   Watchstanders at Sector Southeast New England in Woods Hole, Massachusetts received a distress call via channel 16 VHF from the five-person crew aboard the 75-foot scallop vessel

USCG Free Boat from Ice Near Woods Hole

A Coast Guard aids to navigation team from Woods Hole, Mass., assists the fishing boat Capt. RM Chase in Woods Hole on Feb. 28, 2015. The fishing boat became lodged in ice on their way back to New Bedford, Mass., from a fishing trip. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Aids to Navigation Team Woods Hole)

  A Coast Guard crew responded to a fishing vessel trapped in ice in Woods Hole Passage, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Saturday. At about 3 p.m., the crew of the fishing boat Capt. RM Chase notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England that they became lodged in ice

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