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In Memoriam: Captain Don Walsh

;s degree and a PhD in physical oceanography from Texas A&M University.He enlisted in the US Navy in 1948 and later became the commanding officer of the submarine USS Bashaw (SSKS-241) before becoming the Navy’s first deep submersible pilot.The Society for Underwater Technology and Marine Technology Society will continue to honor Walsh through the annual Captain Don Walsh Award for Ocean Exploration. Dr Peter Girguis, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and Adjunct Oceanographer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, was announced the winner of the 2023

Vehicle assembly and service technician Josh Keller unties Saildrone 1084 from the tow line in Lake Michigan to deploy it for a 2023 U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes Fisheries survey. (Photo: Saildrone)

Marine Technology Society Awarded $3.9 Million for Ocean Enterprise Engagement

The Department of Commerce and NOAA on Monday announced $3.9 million to the Marine Technology Society (MTS) to establish a multi-year framework to engage the Ocean Enterprise as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. The Ocean Enterprise includes public, private, non-profit, tribal and academic entities that provide ocean observation, measurement and forecasting data or deliver operational ocean information products and services.“Ocean data and information powers America’s robust marine economy," said U.S Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. "As part of

St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada- OceanGate-June 2023: Polar Prince towing OceanGate Expeditions submersible vessels on a barge as it leaves for the Titanic wreck site to tour below the ocean.
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Op/Ed: We Cannot Let the OceanGate Tragedy Put a Pause on Ocean Exploration

regarding such expeditions.For manned submersibles, there is merit in considering restrictions based upon technical criteria. OceanGate refused to obtain DVL certification for Titan. This was one of several safety concerns raised by the manned underwater vehicles committee of the Marine Technology Society in a 2018 letter to OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush, who was among the victims in the mishap.The Titan also lacked critical technologies which could enhance submersible safety, such as a high precision inertial navigation system (INS), an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)

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After Titanic Sub Disaster, Industry Faces Scrutiny

American Bureau of Shipping or the European company DNV.Of roughly 10 submersibles that exist in the world and are capable of diving to the depth of the Titanic - nearly 4,000 meters below the surface - only OceanGate's Titan was uncertified, said Will Kohnen, chairman of peer-review group Marine Technology Society's (MTS) committee on manned submersibles.Most tourist submersibles explore coral reefs and other natural phenomenon at 500 meters or less.In 2018, Kohnen authored a letter warning OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush that forgoing third-party certification for the Titan could result in

(File photo: OceanGate Expeditions)

As the Clock Ticks on the Titan Sub, an Expert Explains What Safety Features a Submersible Should Have

the asset’s seaworthiness, and objected to OceanGate’s decision to perform dives without prior “non-destructive testing” to the vessel’s hull to prove its integrity.Also in 2018, a letter sent to OceanGate by the Manned Underwater Vehicles Committee of the Marine Technology Society, signed by 38 experts, expressed reservations about the submersible’s safety. They said the “[…] experimental approach adopted by OceanGate could result in negative outcomes (from minor to catastrophic) that would have serious consequences for everyone in the industry&rdquo

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Experts Raised Safety Concerns About Missing Titanic Submersible in 2018

third parties such as the American Bureau of Shipping, a leading classifier of submersibles, or the European group DNV, an independent quality assurance and risk management company that sets standards for the design safety of underwater vehicles.Will Kohnen, chairman of peer-review group Marine Technology Society's (MTS) committee on manned submersibles, addressed a letter dated March 27, 2018, to OceanGate founder and CEO Stockton Rush, who is piloting the missing vehicle. In the letter, Kohnen expressed what he said were widespread concerns about the Titan, and Kohnen said he later discussed

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Marine Technology Society Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Formed in June 1963, the Marine Technology Society (MTS) celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.In the early 1960’s, a group of business, academic, and government leaders recognized the need for a professional society to bring together scientists, engineers, and others interested in the rapidly growing fields of ocean technology and marine affairs. They convened a committee to establish the character, name, objectives, and basic policies of MTS – launched as a not-for-profit corporation in June of 1963.The founding members of MTS believed that advancements in the development and

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Oi Americas to Host Product Launches and New Technologies

, such as those needed for a sustainable Blue Economy, effective Energy Transition and Uncrewed Vehicle operations.Top of the to do list for visitors and exhibitors alike are the conference plenary sessions and technical program, developed this year in partnership with industry luminaries, the Marine Technology Society (MTS), and the Society of Underwater Technology (SUT).The conference program has been designed to ensure attendees get the best possible insights and most up-to-date knowledge from representatives of industry, government and academia and can be found at https://www.oceanologyinternationalamerica

Oi Americas Announces Key Partnerships for February 2023 Event

RX Global, the organizers of Oceanology International Americas (OiA), announced a new collaboration with the Marine Technology Society (MTS), a collaboration designed to complement an existing relationship with the Society of Underwater Technology (SUT) Houston Branch. The MTS San Diego Section will be delivering conference content and market support while SUT Houston Branch will continue to deliver technical sessions along with marketing the event to its members and the wider community.“We recognize the global leadership role the MTS plays within the marine technology landscape and are

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