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UNOLS Call for Nominations

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) seeks nominations & applications to fill Council and Committee vacancies in 2013. The open positions include:     •    UNOLS Council - 1 position     •    Deep Submergence Science Committee - 3 positions     •    Fleet Improvement Committee - 1 position     •    Marcus Langseth Science Oversight Committee - 1 position     •    Scientific Committee for Oceanographic Aircraft Research - 1 position The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is an organization of academic oceanographic institutions working in cooperation with agencies of the U.S. Federal Government to ensure broad access to modern, well-operated, state-of-the-art research vessels, aircraft, submersibles, and facilities required to support a healthy and vigorous research and education program in the ocean sciences. UNOLS says it greatly values the contributions of our Council and Committee members.  If you have an interest in serving on the UNOLS Council or a Committee you are encouraged to submit an application.


US Marine Science Organization Seeks Committee Members

UNOLS (University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System) seeks nominations to fill two Fleet Improvement Committee (FIC) vacancies. The Fleet Improvement Committee works to assure the continuing excellence of the UNOLS Fleet and to assure that the number, mix and overall capability of ships in the UNOLS fleet match the science requirements of academic oceanography in the U.S. This is an important time for the FIC as several stages of new vessel design


Markey Tapped to Supply CTD Handling Systems for Research Vessel

Markey Machinery is under contract to supply Scripps Institution of Oceanography (La Jolla, California, USA) with advanced deck equipment used to conduct scientific investigations using Conductivity, Temperature, & Depth (CTD)/ Rosette samplers. This new CTD handling system includes a third generation Markey CAST6 125 Deep Sea Research Winch with active motion compensation controls, integrated with an Allied Systems Company (Sherwood, Oregon


Rapp Hydema Completes FAT for ARRV Deck Machinery

Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) of Rapp deck machinery for the Alaskan Regional Research Vessel (ARRV) were recently undertaken successfully in Seattle. Other than winches, the tests included the Load-Handing System (LHS), which was tested in a unique upside-down configuration.  A UNOLS delegation, along with representatives of Marinette Marine Shipyard and the U.S. Navy’s OpNav office, witnessed the tests.   The diverse machinery package was manufactured locally in


WHOI Selects Rapp Hydema ROV Winch

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) selected Rapp Hydema to supply an electric ROV winch. The order adds another UNOLS entry to Rapp’s backlog, including a complete deck machinery outfitting on the Alaskan Regional Research Vessel (ARRV) that includes winches as well as load-handling systems.  The Active Heave Compensation (AHC) capable winch accommodates 7350m of .681 EM cable, or 7500m of 9/16” cable


MATE Center Offers At-Sea Technical Internships

A previous intern at work: Photo courtesy of MATE

Interns in the At-Sea Technical Internship Program work as marine technicians aboard sea-going research vessels that are part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), the United States Coast Guard, and the Ocean Exploration Trust. The MATE Center and the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) are accepting applications for the 2014 MATE/UNOLS six-month internship through December 2, 2013.


Rapp Hydema Winches for USGS Research Vessels

Graphic illustrations courtesy of Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard this month awarded Rapp Hydema NW the deck machinery packages for two U.S. Geological Survey research vessels now under construction.  Rapp’s award includes a pair of trawl winches, a centerline winch, side-sampling winches port and starboard, and a dual net reel, for each vessel.  Rapp will be providing its state-of-the art PTS Pentagon Canbus system for winch control and monitoring, as well a Rapp Syd gillnet lifter for each boat


Dakota Creek Wins Bid to build Scripps' New RV

The U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced the shipyard responsible for constructing the next chapter in ocean exploration for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The new research vessel will be owned by ONR for the Department of the Navy and operated by Scripps under charter party agreement. Dakota Creek Industries Inc. (DCI) of Anacortes, Wash., will build AGOR 28, a new “Ocean Class” research vessel that will advance Scripps’ pursuits of the


R/V Sikuliaq

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The 3,800-ton Alaska Region Research Vessel (ARRV) R/V Sikuliaq was launched on Oct. 13, 2012, at Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis.  Sikuliaq (pronounced see-KOO-lee-ack) will be operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences for the National Science Foundation as part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.  The 261-foot global class ice-capable research vessel R/V Sikuliaq was designed by Glosten


SOSI Delivers Mooring Winches; Completes Test Pad

Photo: SOSI

Sound Ocean Systems, Inc. (SOSI) announced the delivery of two unique mooring winches, both tested on its newly constructed test pad at its primary manufacturing facility in Sultan, Wash. Mooring Winches Delivered SOSI recently delivered two all-electric, custom designed, VFD controlled large mooring winches developed for Oregon State University and the University of Washington. Although configured differently


Okeanus Expands Winch Fleet with 6,000-m System

Photo: Okeanus

Okeanus Science and Technology, LLC (Okeanus) acquired a custom DT Marine 125-hp electric-hydraulic Slip-Ring Tow Winch, model DT-3125. The custom-designed winch is spooled with over 6,000 m (20,000 ft) of 0.68” UNOLS coax cable. The system is configured to support a wide variety of


Navy Research Vessel Neil Armstrong Christened

Carol Armstrong, ship sponsor for R/V Neil Armstrong, breaking the bottle across the bow.

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering company Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA) announced that the christening ceremony for the Oceanographic Research Vessel AGOR 27, named in honor of the famed Neil Armstrong, was held at Dakota Creek Industries (DCI) in Anacortes, Wash


U.S. Navy's AGOR 27: R/V Neil Armstrong

The ship as it was moved into the water at Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes, Washington. (Photo courtesy of Gary McGrath, WHOI)

On March 29, the Ocean Class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessel hull number 27 started its official life as the R/V Neil Armstrong, the first research vessel named after a space explorer.  Carol Armstrong, the widow of the famed astronaut


Oceanographic R/V 'Sally Ride' Christened

Christening Sally Ride: Photo USN

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus named the 'R/V Sally Ride' to honor the memory of Sally Ride, a scientist, innovator and educator. Ride was the first American woman and the youngest person in space. She later served as director of NASA’s Office of Exploration as well as the California Space


The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center:

The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, headquartered at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California, is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded partnership of organizations concerned with marine science and technology education


Gladding-Hearn Delivers for WHOI

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has taken delivery of Tioga, a new coastal research vessel from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. Designed by Roger Long Marine Architecture, the all-aluminum vessel, replaces the 46-ft. vessel Asterias


Gladding-Hearn Delivers Research Boat to WHOI

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has taken delivery of Tioga, a new coastal research vessel from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. Designed by Roger Long Marine Architecture, the all-aluminum vessel, replaces the Institution’s aging 46-foot vessel Asterias


NSRP: U.S. Navy, Industry Partner for Research

Connie Bowling, Navys NSRP Program Manager, Naval Sea Systems Command

Navy, Industry partner for research; sharing costs, risks, and rewards to reduce total ownership costs .   America’s shipyards are fierce competitors, but they can also be close collaborators.  The National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) is a cooperative effort for


U.S. Navy Names Research Vessel to Honor Sally Ride

Sally Ride (Photo: Scripps)

U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the nation's newest research vessel will be named R/V Sally Ride, in honor of the former UC San Diego faculty member who was the first American female astronaut and the youngest American to fly in space. The ship is owned by the U.S


Gateway Technology for Ocean Measurements

JAMSTEC President Asahiko Taira with Walter Munk on the deck of D/V Chikyu in front of the ships drilling derrick. Credit: JAMSTEC

Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, in collaboration with two private industry firms, are developing potentially breakthrough technologies to capture vital information from the world’s oceans. Scripps researchers John Orcutt and Jon Berger developed a






 
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