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NOAA scientist recovers Fishers TOV towed video system after completing survey, Inset: Sterling Fire Department diver exits reservoir with their Fisher DV-1 drop video. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Scientists and Search Teams

York, Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Missouri Highway Patrol, Boston Police Special Operations Unit, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept., University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, Hartford Police Dept. in Connecticut, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Solano Dive Rescue Team in California, NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, Roswell Fire Dept. in Georgia, Flathead Lake Biological Station in Montana, and Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserves in Florida

CH2M diver with Fishers DHC-2, Inset – Grieg Seafarms aquaculture technician with Fishers DV-2 drop video (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Aquaculture and Marine Research

are Envitech Middle East and Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates, California Dept. of Fish and Game, University of Maine, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Aquafact Environmental Consultants in Ireland, United States Environmental Protection Agency Atlantic Ecology Division, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab, Bahrain Center for Studies & Research, Virgin Islands National Park, Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Delaware Dept

Image: U.S. Navy graphic by Mass Communication Specialist

US Navy to Name Attack Submarine USS Arkansas

 A Virginia-class attack submarine will be called the USS Arkansas, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced.   Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that SSN 800, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Arkansas.   “As we sail deeper into the 21st century it is time for another USS Arkansas; time to keep that storied name alive in our Navy,” said Mabus. “She will sail the world like those who have gone before her, defending the American people and representing our American values through presence.”   Virginia-class subs have

David Langley (Photo: Borets)

Borets Names Langley as HSE Manager

in Houston, Langley will be responsible for developing and implementing safety programs and policies that align with the company’s corporate standards for health, safety and environmental compliance. Langley earned a Master of Science degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Science in organizational management from Bethel University in Tennessee. He is an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Langley has received accreditation as a Certified Safety Professional by the

Wilmington OEM first responders with JW Fishers side scan, Inset – European military officers with Fishers sonar.

Military, Government Agencies Utilize Side Scan Sonars

objects on the bottom, or in the water column. A number of European military units have also purchased Fishers side scans for similar operations. A few of the many other teams using Fishers side scan sonars are Dong Huan Firefighting Company in China, Yell County Office of Emergency Management in Arkansas, Placer County Sheriffs Dept in California, the Brazilian Navy, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office in N.Y., Union Fire Company in Pennsylvania, Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security in Louisiana, Argentina’s Perfectura Naval - similar to U.S. Coast Guard, Wheeling Police Dept

Members of Boston Police Department’s Special Operations Unit with their JW Fishers SeaLion-2 ROV, Inset – Side scan image of boat found by Tafton Fire Company.

Pe and Dive Teams Gear Up for Underwater Search

Many government agencies and public safety dive teams are adding underwater search equipment to help make their operations easier, safer and faster. Boston Police Special Operations Unit, Tafton Fire Company in Pennsylvania, Benton County and Baxter County Sheriffs Departments in Arkansas and the Missouri State Water Patrol are a few of the diverse group of agencies using metal detectors, video cameras and sonars in their search missions. Every year, the city of Boston, Massachusetts hosts several major events which bring in millions of people. The police department’s Special Operations

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PPG PMC's Made-to-order Capabilities At Little Rock Facility

  PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) protective and marine coatings (PMC) business announced that it has manufactured more than 100,000 gallons of coatings in a new small batch process that began operation at its Little Rock, Arkansas, manufacturing facility in January.  PPG invested in the new batch process to satisfy customers’ needs for small quantities and made-to-order products such as military-specified coatings, PSX(R) polysiloxanes and MEGASEAL(TM) flooring coatings.   According to Diane Kappas, PPG vice president, Americas, PMC, “Through customer interviews

Quasar ROV being launched (Photo: Bibby)

Bibby Reports Thriving Subsea Business

global growth strategy and to meet the growing demand of its clients in the region. In a bid to further strengthen ties with the region, Aberdeen-based Bibby Offshore last week hosted Houston based HM Consul General, Andrew Millar, the senior official representing the government in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Alongside Aberdeenshire Council Provost Jill Webster, Chief Executive of Subsea UK Neil Gordon, and senior members of Aberdeenshire Council; discussions were held regarding Aberdeenshire’s extensive investment into the Subsea Industry and plans to further develop Bibby Offshore&rs

Tonawanda police diver with Fishers DHC-1, Inset - WJ Castle diver with Fishers MC-1

Underwater Cameras Help Police and Commercial Divers

to be processed as evidence in a criminal investigation. Some of the specialized equipment the team is using is JW Fishers MC-1 and DHC-1 underwater video systems and their metal detectors. A few of the many other agencies and companies using Fishers video systems are the Benton County Sheriff in Arkansas, Offshore & Ocean Eng. in Australia, Anderson County Vol. Rescue in Tennessee, commercial divers Underwater Solutions in Massachusetts, Hartford PD in Connecticut, CW Divers in New Mexico, Los Angelos County Sheriff, Search & Rescue Society of British Columbia, and Margarita Marine Service

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