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New Industry Association IOSTIA Launched

.   IOSTIA said its goal is to provide programs and services that create new opportunities and encourage a favorable business environment for science and technology companies that sustainably utilize the oceans.   The group will also develop a serious, substantive and unified voice in Washington on issues that matter to ocean science and technology companies.   And with nearly two-thirds of blue-tech companies located outside of North America, IOSTIA will also be international in scope and substance, engaging the foreign embassies located in Washington to assist international companies

An Air-Deployable Expendable Ice Buoy is deployed in the high Arctic near the North Pole from a Royal Danish Air Force C-130 aircraft operating out of Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, as part of the International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP). Photo: United States Navy

US Navy Buoys into the Arctic Ocean

 The U.S National Ice Center (USNIC) in coordination with the Office of Naval Research, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, the Danish Joint Arctic Command, Environmental and Climate Change Canada and University of Washington deployed buoys into the Arctic Ocean during a joint mission.  The joint mission was conducted to collect weather and oceanographic data to enhance forecasting and environmental models thereby reducing operational risk for assets in the Arctic.   "Polar lows are like hurricanes of the north and the data collected from these buoys will help us with

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Fugro to Open ‘Hydrography Center of Excellence’

be responsible for growing and diversifying Fugro’s government portfolio in both Land and Marine Divisions across the Americas, with a strategic emphasis on coastal zone management. Millar formerly served as the regional hydrography service line director, and is relocating from San Diego to the Washington, D.C., area.   Filling Millar’s former post is Mark MacDonald. A professional engineer in geomatics, MacDonald has 20+ years with Fugro, conducting and leading projects throughout the world, and recently serving as the director of operations in San Diego. He is relocating to Houston

Tank testing KONGSBERG Seaglider

Fullscale Production of Kongsberg Seaglider Begins

Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. (KUTI) has started full scale production of the innovative KONGSBERG Seaglider Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) from a new fabrication centre at its facility in Lynnwood, Washington. This follows KUTI’s acquisition of the exclusive license to develop, manufacture and market the innovative Seaglider system from the University of Washington in May 2013. Seaglider was developed at the University of Washington in Seattle with funding from the U.S. Office of Naval Research. It is an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), or

CSSF Inks Agreement with University of Washington

Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility and University of Washington sign 2014 agreement for installation of US Regional Scale Nodes cabled observatory The Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility (CSSF) has announced its provision of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services in 2014 to the US Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) cabled network through the University of Washington (UW)'s Regional Scale Nodes component of the OOI. The ROPOS ROV (owned and operated by CSSF) will install secondary infrastructure, moorings and sensors to the cabled infrastructure installed in 2011 and 2012. The installat

Omega Morgan specially designed a truss beam for the installation of the collapsed Skagit River Bridge.  Piles could not be driven under the Akrow Bridge (part of the Skagit Bridge) so the company’s 70-foot trussed beam was specially made to support the new 950-ton bridge. (Photo courtesy Omega Morgan.)

Omega Morgan Eyes Aging Bridge Projects

Omega Morgan, a 22-year-old specialized moving company, has its eyes on the aging bridges in the Pacific Northwest. After successfully employing the jack-and-slide method of efficiently moving bridge spans into place for two high-profile projects, the company sees more opportunities in Oregon and Washington. In January, Omega Morgan moved Portland’s 1,100-foot-long, 3,400-ton Sellwood Bridge across the Willamette River in a single day, in one piece and on an angle, drawing national media and big crowds. Then in Washington State on the night of Sept. 14, an OM crew of eight jacked up a

The initial shallow profiler undergoes testing at the University of Washington. DeepWater Buoyancy’s syntactic foam systems (in orange) will provide uplift and platform stability for the Regional Scale Nodes portion of the Ocean Observatories Initiative. Photo: Mitch Elend, University of Washington.

DeepWater Buoyancy Chosen for Ocean Observatories Initiative

DeepWater Buoyancy has been awarded a major contract to supply flotation to the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory for the cabled observatory component of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The OOI, a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is planned as an integrated infrastructure of science-driven platforms and sensor systems to measure physical, chemical, geological and biological properties and processes from the seafloor to the air-sea interface. The company was selected after a competitive bidding and assessment process that evaluated product

Subsea salvage work: Photo USN SUPSALV

Phoenix International Awarded US$75-M Subsea Navy Contract

variety of Navy-owned equipment. The contract also provides a vehicle for SUPSALV to obtain commercial systems, as needed, to supplement the Navy's equipment capabilities. Work will be performed in Largo, Maryland, and is expected to be completed by August 2015. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity (N00024-14-D-4102)

Arctic icebreaker

Alaska, Washington to Build Arctic Icebreakers

  Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington, have introduced a bill that would authorize the Navy to build up six icebreakers for use by the U.S. Coast Guard. The senators believe that the Coast Guard and the Navy need the icebreakers — which cost billions of dollars — to complete their missions and keep up with Russia and China’s growing icebreaker fleets and activity in the Arctic. “Icebreakers protect America’s Arctic interests and support Washington state shipbuilding jobs,” Cantwell said in a statement. Senator Dan

TerraSond Wins USACE Surveying and Mapping Contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awards TerraSond an A-E Hydrographic Survey and Mapping IDIQ contract for the USACE Walla Walla District in Washington State.   “This is our second consecutive IDIQ contract with the USACE Walla Walla District, and we are very pleased to have been awarded this multi-year contract again to support the District’s forthcoming projects in the Northwest,” said Chris Kemp, TerraSond’s General Manager for the Northwest US.   TerraSond has been supporting the USACE since 1995 under nine separate multi-year IDIQ contracts, and

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Buoy Controller System Delivers Live Data

DANTE Buoy Controller System delivers live data to U.S. IOOS   The University of Washington recently deployed a new oceanographic observing buoy featuring Soundnine Inc.’s DANTE System.    The new buoy was deployed February 11, 2016 in Bellingham Bay (Puget Sound) in collaboration with The Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction, UW, Western Washington University and Northwest Indian College.    The DANTE controller collects data from a suite of meteorological and oceanographic instruments. Two sensors are 60 feet underwater and use S9’s Ulti-modem

An undated file photo of an aerial view of the Washington Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

UPDATE: Several Injured, Reports of Fatalities in Navy Yard Shooting

WASHINGTON  -- Several people were injured and there are reports of fatalities in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 16. An active shooter was reported inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building (Bldg. 197) on the Washington Navy Yard at 8:20 a.m. (Eastern Time). Emergency personnel remain on scene and a "shelter in place" order has been issued for Navy Yard personnel. The Naval Sea Systems Command's headquarters is the work place for about 3,000 people. The organization is comprised of command staff, headquarters directorates, affiliated Program Executive

Beached Dock: Photo credit USCG

Dangerous Drifting Dock Tracked Down by NOAA

NOAA successfully forecasted the path of a possible Japan Tsunami Dock adrift  off Washington Coast. The dock washed up on the rocky northern coast of Washington state just before Christmas. NOAA's Amy MacFadyen describes her role in projecting the path of the partly-submerged dock, a real danger to shipping & possibly the environment: "We suspect—though we are still waiting for confirmation—that this dock began its oceanic journey in March of 2011 at the Port of Misawa, Japan, following the devastating Tōhoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Four docks were

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US Awards $20 Mln for Wave and Tidal Energy Projects

capture higher flow velocities and will help reduce the cost of installation and on-water operations, ultimately lowering the cost of energy. This project will demonstrate and monitor turbine performance during its deployment in the Western Passage off the coast of Maine. Oscilla Power of Seattle, Washington, will integrate cost-reducing technology advancements into its Triton wave energy converter. Oscilla's unique device design features tethered connections between a surface float and an underwater heave plate. This allows for energy extraction in multiple degrees of freedom, which will aim to reduce

Michael J. Eakin (Photo: AUS)

Associated Underwater Services Hires Eakin

Michael J. Eakin has joined the Associated Underwater Service’s (AUS) management team as a Senior Estimator and Director of Business Development.   Working out of the Seattle office, Eakin will oversee customer relations, product line development, sales and marketing nationwide. He will also provide estimating services for Western Washington as well as the West Coast.   Eakin brings over 25 years of experience to an already experienced staff of marine and underwater constructors.

EIVA Sponsors Study Program

EIVA has entered into a partnership with the College of Charleston and University of Washington on the BEAMS Program.   This joint journey will center around knowledge sharing and training across the Atlantic Ocean, concerned with matters below the water’s surface. When EIVA learned of the College of Charleston and University of Washington BEAMS (benthic acoustic mapping and survey) Program, the opportunity of establishing a partnership focusing on knowledge sharing was an obvious ship to board. We believe we have an obligation to partake in the further development of the survey

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Z-Boat Shipped to University of Washington Tacoma

Teledyne Oceanscience Z-boat 1800-RP to survey in remote locations for University of Washington Tacoma   Teledyne Oceanscience has shipped a custom Z-Boat 1800-RP to The University of Washington Tacoma to be used by Dr. Dan Shugar, Assistant Professor of Geoscience, when he heads out on two remote locations in Alaska and Canada this summer.   The custom integration for the University of Washington Tacoma included the Rugged Z-Boat 1800RP, Teledyne Odom Hydrographic MB2 Multibeam, Teledyne RD Instruments RiverPro ADCP, a camera, IMU and onboard computer.    In early August

US Approves $25 Mln Radar Sale to the Philippines

territorial waters. The radars will be installed on two Philippines Navy ships and the principle contractors will be VSE Corp and Saab.   The radar sale will allow the Philippines to beef up its maritime security and helps reinforce an important U.S. regional security relationship at a time when Washington is concerned about what it sees as China's overreaching claims in the South China Sea.   The Philippines has for decades been one of the closest U.S. allies in Asia, but the relationship has been strained recently as President Rodrigo Duterte has voiced disdain and mistrust of Washington

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