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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.

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

Photo: Soundnine

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

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

Photo: Teledyne Oceanscience

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

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

Image courtesy of OCEARCH

Shark Boat Heads to Washington to Inspire STEM Students

OCEARCH is wanting to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education more compelling to students with a new curriculum being unveiled shortly in Washington, D.C. The Motor Vessel OCEARCH, a 126’ one-of-kind research vessel powered by two Cat engines and three generators and equipped with a 75,000 lb. custom shark lift, is visiting the D.C. area on Wednesday, September 18, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET at the Diamond Teague Park and Marine Terminal located at 100 Potomac Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. Created by the Curriculum Development Team of Landry's Inc., specifically

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

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)

Sailors render a salute during the commissioning ceremony for the Virginia Class Submarine USS Washington (SSN 787) at Naval Station Norfolk. Washington is the U.S. Navy's 14th Virginia-class attack submarine and the fourth U.S. Navy ship named for the State of Washington. (U.S. Navy photo by Class Joshua M. Tolbert)

USS Washington Commissioned

The U.S. Navy’s newest Virginia class submarine, USS Washington (SSN 787), was officially commissioned during a ceremony on board Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on October 7.   Washington, named in honor of the 42nd state, is the 14th Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine to join the Navy's operational fleet. Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, served as the submarine’s sponsor.   Washington is the fourth of eight Block III Virginia-class submarines to be built. The Block III submarines are built with new Virginia Payload Tubes designed to lower

Newborn Killer Whale Presumed Dead in Washington

The first calf born in two years to an endangered killer whale population off the coast of the Pacific Northwest has been declared missing and presumed dead just weeks after its birth, experts said on Tuesday. The mother of the baby orca was seen for three days in a row swimming in the waters off Washington state without her calf at her side, a sign it was dead, said Howard Garrett, co-director of the Washington-based Orca Network. "For the first two years, a calf is glued to its mother's side. This calf hasn't been seen with its mother, and that's conclusive that it died," Garrett said

(Photo: Energy Department)

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

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

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

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

RV Thomas G. Thompson (Photo: University of Washington)

US Navy-owned Research Vessel Back in Action

(AGOR-23) has gained a new lease on life following a recently completed 18-month upgrade to improve operating systems, bolster its research capabilities and extend its working life for the U.S. Navy and scientific organizations.The Navy-owned vessel has been operated and maintained University of Washington since 1991, under a charter lease agreement with the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-which manages the ship on behalf of the service.The $52 million refit, which was sponsored by ONR, the University of Washington and the National Science Foundation, extended the Thompson's life by another 15-20

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