Monday, February 20, 2017

Harbor Management News

Photo courtesy of BMT JFA

BMT Awarded Port Geographe Coastal Engineering Contract

Department of Transport (DoT) to provide services as Coastal Engineering Advisor for the Management of Beaches, Structures and Waterways at Port Geographe, Busselton. The contract will initially run for two years with options to extend annually up to a total five year period.   Port Geographe harbor is a coastal marina and residential canal estate developed in 1996 near the town of Busselton, Western Australia. The development has experienced ongoing problems due to large accumulations of seagrass wrack in the harbor and on adjacent beaches during winter months. Extensive coastal studies have

Xylem Acquires Tideland

.   Headquartered in Houston, with key locations in the Netherlands, the U.K. and Singapore, Tideland is a producer of analytics solutions in the coastal and ocean management sectors, sold under the Tideland and IMT brands. With navigation and analytical products and services used by ports and harbors, marine authorities, offshore oil and gas and wind power installations, Tideland generated revenue of approximately $48 million in 2015

Floating Laboratory to Visit Port of Indiana

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is sponsoring free public cruises on the educational research vessel W.G. Jackson at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor on June 10. The vessel is part of Grand Valley State University's Annis Water Resources Institute and houses an onboard lab for adults and children ages 10 and up to conduct hands-on science experiments. Cruises will depart from the Port of Indiana's public fishing dock at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT. The registration deadline for the cruises was June 5, but the public may visit the vessel during an open house from 1-1:45 p.m.

HMAS Collins (SSG 73)

Australia to Upgrade Collins Class Submarines

contract also covers design, development and manufacture of the hardware for two boats: the updating of the shore-based test facility and platform simulation trainer, and the installation of the updated system in the first boat. Senator Johnston said the majority of the work will be performed in Outer Harbor and Mawson Lakes in South Australia.  

Courtesy Boston Harbor Association

Boston Harbor Dredging Project to get Underway

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board today voted to approve to execute a Project Partnering Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and MassDOT to start the Boston Harbor Dredging Project.  A signed agreement allows the ACOE to bid contracts for construction on a Confined Aquatic Disposal cell (CAD cell), which is needed for the maintenance dredging of the Inner Harbor Main Ship Channel. Maintenance dredging will restore the inner harbor to 40 feet and is the first phase of the larger dredging project. Without maintenance dredging, the harbor will continue to silt

Herbert Joins Phoenix International

the Seine and assisting The Bent Prop Project with WWII aircraft location in Palau.   Before entering the private sector he served as a NOAA hydrographer aboard NOAA ships RUDE, RAINIER, and on two NOAA Navigation Response Teams based in Norfolk, VA and New York, NY. Survey areas included New York Harbor, Boston Harbor, Narragansett Bay, Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound, and the coastal regions and fjords of southeast and southwest Alaska. Mr. Herbert worked in support of fleet logistics at NOAA’s Atlantic Marine Center and received the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Employee of the Year Award

UKHO Chief Executive, Ian Moncrieff CBE with William Heaps at the award ceremony in Southampton.

William Heaps Wins UKHO Alexander Dalrymple Award

who formed the hydrographic office in 1795 and is a symbol of recognition for outstanding dedication and contribution to world hydrography. William was honored with the award for his contribution to hydrography over his career with ABP as Port Surveyor and Hydrographic Manager of the 22 ports and harbors within the ABP Group. As a specialist in Port Marine Safety, William provides guidance to Harbor Masters within the group. The award also acknowledges many areas of William’s work as past Chairman of the Hydrographic Society UK (THS UK), which he chaired for six years, and as U.K. representative

Molasses Spill Kills Fish in Honolulu Harbor

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed that the brown substance that is contaminating much of Honolulu Harbor and Keehi Lagoon and is the apparent cause of death for many marine animals, is molasses that spilled into the harbor from a pipeline under Pier 52.   The public is advised not to enter the ocean if they notice a brown color in the water. The plume of dark water is moving with the tides and currents from Honolulu Harbor into the Keehi Lagoon. From the lagoon, it is expected to dissipate into the ocean. DOH also advises the public not to consume any of the dead fish

Photo courtesy of Teledyne Marine Acoustic Imaging Group

Teledyne to Continue UTS Seminars

Technology Seminars (UTS), taking place in Hamburg, Boston and Singapore. The first UTS seminar in 2014 has already taken place in Qiandao Lake, April 15-16 in China with more than 115 delegates participating. At the three-day seminars in Hamburg and Boston the theme is: “Hydrography in Harbors and Inland Waters as well as Dredge Guidance and Construction Support”. Over the years TMAIG have developed a broad product portfolio that covers all aspects of hydrographic, dredging and construction work within harbors and shallow water inland applications. Who better to explain the benefits

Teledyne’s 2014 UTS Focus on Shallow Water Surveys

Seminars (UTS) in Hamburg, Boston and Singapore. These events follow 2014’s first UTS seminar which has already taken place in Qiandao Lake, April 15-16 in China with more than 115 delegates participating. At the three-day seminars in Hamburg and Boston the theme is “Hydrography in Harbors and Inland Waters as well as Dredge Guidance and Construction Support”. Over the years TMAIG have developed a broad product portfolio that covers all aspects of hydrographic, dredging and construction work within harbors and shallow water inland applications. Organizers have invited a selection

Port of Prince Rupert Adds Shore-based Radar

Transmitting data from three tower sites across the port’s coastal shores, the system provides coverage ranging from the northeast of Haida Gwaii to the Alaskan border.   “The addition of radar improves the capability of the port to proactively monitor and manage vessel movement in the harbor,” said Don Krusel, President & CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “This significant investment in safe navigation benefits many of our port stakeholders involved in the flow of cargoes through our port, and further safeguards the environment and mariners of British Columbia&rsquo

Walter Robertson and Craig Smith (Photo:  NS Decom)

NorSea Group, Scotoil Combine as NSDecom

equipment at the quayside through the cleaning and cutting process to the final reuse/recycle/disposal option. The main center of operations will be at NorSea Group’s purpose-built, deep-water decommissioning facility at Smith Quay in Peterhead. Relevant licences are also in place at Aberdeen Harbor and NorSea’s supply base in Montrose. “With the decommissioning sector being guided by SEPA, we recognized the importance of working alongside an experienced and well-established specialist waste contractor,” said Walter Robertson, MD of NorSea Group (UK). “Scotoil Services

Fairhaven's harbormaster and shellfish warden with ROV, Inset - Downe Twp with side scan sonar

Police and Dive Teams Rely on Underwater Search Equipment

Many government agencies and public safety dive teams are adding underwater search equipment to help make their operations easier, safer, and faster. Maricopa Sheriffs Department in Arizona, Downe Township Fire Rescue in New Jersey, the Fairhaven Massachusetts Harbor Master and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are a few of the diverse group of agencies using metal detectors, video cameras and sonars in their underwater search operations. Deputy Jeff Hanson, leader of the Maricopa County Sheriffs Department dive team, reported his group had been searching for almost a month, without

Coast Guard National Strike Force samples water in Honolulu Harbor

Post Spill: Analyzing the Water in Honolulu Harbor

Representatives from the Coast Guard National Strike Force, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducted water sampling as part of a joint effort to analyze the effects of the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor Sunday.   The combined team departed Coast Guard Station Honolulu Sunday morning aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium. The National Strike Force crewmembers from the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Strike Teams used a water quality instrument to monitor depleted oxygen and pH levels at various locations around the

Trainee & SSS unit trainer: Image courtesy of FW Fishers

JW Fishers' Side Scan Sonars Key in Somali Port Mine Clearance

JW Fishers inform that Bancroft Global Development is using its side scan sonars to locate and make safe Somalia's harbor in the capital city, Mogadishu, which was heavily mined during the civil war in that country. Somalia’'s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) launched the Mogadishu Port Rehabilitation Project and  assisting in this work is Washington-based Bancroft Global Development, an organization that receives some funding from the United Nations and the US State Department. Bancroft's objective explains JW Fisher, is to help African Union peacekeepers protect the Somalia government

Navigating New York Harbor: Photo courtesy of USN

New, New York Harbor Current Meter

NOAA uses data from a new current meter in New York harbor operated by New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology. The system provides enhanced real-time information to mariners travelling through the nation’s second busiest port. The Stevens current meter measures the  direction, speed, and volume of ocean currents in the harbor’s navigation channels, north of the Narrows between Brooklyn and Staten Island.  Its data will be used in NOAA’s Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®) system, which delivers real-time environmental observations, forecasts

SpotterRF Radar Selected by DOD for Capability Demo

immediate feedback on the radar system as NECC Sailors observed the new technology in a realistic military maritime environment. During the course of the demonstration several scenarios were run in which vessels ranging from a jet ski to an 11 meter RHIB traveled different paths into and around the Harbor.  The Spotter M600C was set up remotely on a tripod at the mouth of the Harbor and communicated back to the Stiletto vessel one mile away via Silvias Radio. There, participants could view detections in real time on a map displaying the location, distance and speed of the target. “The

Nigg Bay

EU Funds Study into New Aberdeen Harbor

The EU's TEN-T Program will invest over $940,000 for development studies for a new harbor at Nigg Bay in Aberdeen, Scotland. The harbor is to support the existing Port of Aberdeen with a view to a significant traffic growth forecast. The Port of Aberdeen handles around 8,000 vessel arrivals and 5 million metric tons of cargo a year. It is almost at its maximum capacity due to high levels of traffic, and the growth potential for the future is significant across several sectors. However, the port's location near the city center limits its expansion. Thus, construction of a new port is a solution

Oceans 15 MTS/IEEE Focuses on Change

The premiere North American conference and exhibition on marine technology will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on National Harbor from October 19-22, 2015. The conference is now accepting abstracts for technical presentations. The Technical Program draws its topics from the areas of interest of the co-sponsoring professional societies, the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Oceanic Engineering Society of IEEE (OES). The topics reflect the wide variety of ways in which marine technology and ocean engineering impact society every day, from advancements in ocean

Surveyors Find Torpedo-like Object off Scotland

has informed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team and the Senior Coastal Operations Officer based in Orkney. Royal Navy divers, from the Northern Diving Group at Faslane, are making a visit to Orkney this week and will use the opportunity to examine video footage of the object with the Orkney Harbor Authority before deciding what steps to take next.   Although the object presents no immediate danger, the Orkney Harbor Master has asked shipping vessels not to anchor in the vicinity of the area where it was found.  A precautionary 1,000-metre no-anchorage area has been put in place

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