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Coast Guard Working to Contain MC20 Leak

a containment system, and install it at the source to start collecting the oil. At present, the team is in the planning phase. Weather and sea state will largely dictate operations, which will involve cumulative weeks at sea, extensive dive and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations, and underwater equipment installation.  “While the safety of response personnel is paramount, we don’t want to delay response activities,” said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Kristi Luttrell, the Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) for the MC20 response. “We plan to leverage every weather window

Paul G. Allen (Photo: Vulcan)

Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Dies at 65

build sustainable communities. Allen was deeply invested locally in his hometown of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, but his endeavors regarding the ocean spanned the globe.In 2016, Allen purchased the R/V Petrel, a 250-ft. research and exploration vessel and equipped it with a suite of advanced underwater equipment and technology to make it one of the few ships on the planet capable of exploring to 6,000 meters. Following a 2017 retrofit, Petrel and its crew use state-of-the-art underwater technology for deep-sea expeditions, and the team has made a number historic subsea discoveries, most notably the

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Studying Aliens of the Deep

Perkins.A fellow member of the Wood lab at the time, Brennan Phillips, Ph.D.—now Assistant Professor of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island—saw Teoh’s designs and suggested he adapt it to capture sea creatures, which are notoriously difficult to grab with existing underwater equipment that is largely designed for the rough work of ocean mining and construction.The device that Teoh built consists of five identical 3D-printed polymer “petals” attached to a series of rotating joints that are linked together to form a scaffold. When a single motor applies a torque

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

and build sustainable communities.Allen is deeply invested locally in his hometown of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, but his endeavors regarding the ocean span the global.In 2016, Allen purchased the R/V Petrel, a 250-ft. research and exploration vessel and equipped it with a suite of advanced underwater equipment and technology to make it one of the few ships on the planet capable of exploring to 6,000 meters. Following a 2017 retrofit, Petrel and its crew use state-of-the-art underwater technology for deep-sea expeditions.No. 4Professor Cui Weicheng, Shanghai Ocean UniversityDirector, Hadal Science

JW Fishers set up shop in a booth in the Lucas Oil Stadium and brought its entire product line to display, demo and discuss. (Photo: JW Fishers)

JW Fishers Showcases Tech for Firefighters

Present day fire departments not only fight fires, but also answer medical calls, conduct rescue missions, assisting in evidence recovery, and execute underwater search operations. Underwater equipment manufacturer JW Fishers Manufacturing provides tools for fire departments across the globe.In April of 2018, JW Fishers attended the annual Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The first conference was held in 1929 in Chicago and was organized to discuss training measures, standards and firefighting best practices. By 1939, attendance had reached a high of 247 people

RV Petrel (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

US Navy to Survey Downed Aircraft in the Philippine Sea

(SUPSALV) personnel aboard the 250-foot RV Petrel will depart from the Philippines to survey and map the ocean floor of the wreck site using a side-scan-sonar and remote operated vehicle (ROV). The Allen-owned research and exploration vessel is equipped with some of the world’s most advanced underwater equipment and technology, making it capable of exploring depths to 6,000 meters.   After the survey, SUPSALV will analyze the data and assign a vessel, equipment and personnel as the Navy makes every effort to recover the aircraft and fallen sailors for recovery efforts.  

Workers assembling subsea equipment at Aker Solutions factory in Brazil. Photo: Aker Solutions

Interview: Woodson Ferreira, Aker Solutions, Brazil

installed in the offshore environment spans little more than two decades, which has generated opportunities to work with products and materials from different technologies, from the least to the most complex. “In the scope of inspection services, Aker Solutions operates in the whole range of underwater equipment and in the provision of qualified personnel to work in the offshore units with the client, giving the necessary support for inspection and maintenance activities. In the offshore area, one of the main challenges is the programmed inspections of equipment associated with well production stoppage

MacArtney 6 t umbilical winch (Photo: MacArtney)

Assodivers Orders Winch from MacArtney

Requiring a trenching umbilical winch for deployment of underwater equipment, Assodivers has placed an order with MacArtney for more winches.   The scope of supply of the order for Assodivers includes a trenching umbilical winch and an electric-optical slip ring. The winch is characterized by a self-contained, all steel welded construction with protection frame, drum, level wind, gear box, electric motor and switch board.

Wheelhouse of the USS Ward (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

Wreckage of USS Ward Found in the Philippines

waters. Now 76 years on, her example informs our naval posture," said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.   The high-tech vessel used to find USS Ward, R/V Petrel, is a 250-foot research and exploration vessel purchased by Mr. Allen in 2016. Petrel's advanced underwater equipment and technology makes it one of the few ships on the planet capable of exploring to 6,000 meters deep (more than 3.5 miles). Following a 2017 retrofit, Petrel and its crew use state-of-the-art underwater technology for deep-sea search and exploration expeditions.    "The Petrel

Official U.S. Navy file photo of a Bluefin-21.

Unmanned Vehicles Aid Search for Argentine Sub

search operations at 3 knots at a maximum depth of almost 5,000 feet for 30 hours, while the Iver 580s can operate at a depth of 325 feet, traveling at 2.5 knots for up to 14 hours.   In addition to the four UUVs, the U.S. is also providing aircraft, personnel and other assets including underwater equipment specifically designed for submarine search and rescue to assist the Argentine government in its multinational hunt which has also drawn support from Brazil, Chile, Peru, the U.K. and Uruguay.   ARA San Juan is a diesel-electric submarine built in the 1980s.  

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JW Fishers’ ROVs Used for Tank Inspection Services

by many different entities. From military, police, fire and rescue teams searching for lost evidence or drowning victims to commercial diving companies performing inspections on various types of tanks and ship hulls, ROVs have become a staple in underwater search and survey operations.   Underwater equipment manufacturer JW Fishers said its Seaotter-2 and SeaLion-2 are the ROVs that many agencies purchase when they need the right tools for the job. A variety of options are available from a mountable sector scanning sonar (SCAN-650) to a Remote Metal Detector (RMD-1). Using an ROV in tandem with

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