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News from the Marine Technology Society JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2 0 11 VOLUME 34, NO. 1

What’s new

2011 Awards Nominations Open

Houston BBQ Raises $40,000 Page 8


DP Conference Sets Record Page 9 Section Takes MSU Under Its Wing Page 16

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Kevin Hardy, far right, led students and faculty from the Long Beach City College Student Section on a tour of DeepSea Power & Light in San Diego, Calif. From left: Ryan Hernandez, Osial Pineda, Ian Jasper, Dr. Bill Breece, Kimberly Rodriguez, Samuel Williams, Dr. Laurel Breece, Brandi Scryn, Stephan Estrin, Jeff Witteman, Yasin Khalil, Al Mendoza, Mariel Cisneros, Julie Unvert, Stuart Cook, Ben Erwin, Student Section Councilor Scott Fraser and Angela Darnall. (Photo courtesy of Matt Kobler) See Section News for the story.

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MTS Conference News


Society News


Members & Others in the News


Section News


Professional Committees News


Business News 10

Science and Technology News 14

Legislative News 15

Education News 16

Resources News 18

Ocean Community Calendar 19

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ay 15 is the deadline to nominate yourself, a colleague, company or MTS group for a prestigious MTS Award. The same deadline applies for nominating a colleague for the honor of becoming an MTS Fellow.   With the addition of the Ocean News and Technology Young Professionals Award, which was launched last year, MTS now bestows 10 awards each year at the annual OCEANS conference. The number of Fellows varies from year to year. Winners of awards from the society receive elegant crystal plaques. The winner of the See 2011 Awards on page 7

DP Committee Publishes New Guidelines


new set of guidelines for operation of dynamic positioning (DP) vessels is available for free download on the DP website at www.dynamic-positioning .com. The guidelines were presented at the DP Conference in October and will be published in the January/February issue of the MTS Journal.    The purpose of the guidelines is to aid in the safe and effective management of DP operations. The response from industry has been remarkable. DP operators and classification societies have announced plans to adopt

the new guidelines as quickly as possible. Comprehensive in scope, the guidelines have been developed from regulations, codes, guidance and industry practice by a group of the best DP experts. Inspired by MTS member Suman Muddusetti, and coordinated by MTS member Chuck Richards, the working group was led by Doug Phillips (2010 DP Distinguished Achievement Award winner) and consisted of him and MTS members Joe Hughes, Matt Roberts and Chad Furhmann,

as well as Stuart Duffield, Walter Rodriquez and Brian Haycock. MTS member Pete Fougere and Muddusetti provided tight editing, along with other members of the DP Committee. The guidelines consist of two parts. Part 1 contains guidance on the management of DP. Part 2 contains DP operational guidance and consists of three appendices: (1) DP MODUs (Mobile Offshore Drilling Units), (2) DP Project/ConSee DP Guidelines on page 7

Currents, published bimonthly, is a membership benefit of the Marine Technology Society, the leading multidisciplinary society for marine professionals. Individual membership is $75. Life membership is a one-time $1,000. To join MTS, visit the website at www.mtsociety.org or e-mail [email protected]. Send information for Currents to [email protected]. The deadline to get items in the next issue of Currents is February 15. Send address changes to [email protected]

OFFICERS President Jerry Boatman [email protected] President-Elect Drew Michel [email protected] Immediate Past President Elizabeth Corbin [email protected] VP – Section Affairs Kevin Hardy [email protected] VP – Education and Research Jill Zande [email protected] VP – Industry and Technology Jerry C. Wilson [email protected] VP – Publications Karin Lynn [email protected] Treasurer and VP – Budget and Finance Debra Kill [email protected] VP – Government and Public Affairs Justin Manley [email protected] Executive Director Richard Lawson [email protected] Editor-in-Chief Susan Branting [email protected]

Underwater Intervention 2011 February 22–24 New Orleans, La.  www.underwaterintervention.com The traditional Early Bird Reception is scheduled for Monday, February 21, and the Awards Dinner is the following evening. Dinner tickets and t-shirts can be purchased when you register.

2011 International Rope Technology Workshop March 22–24, 2011  Texas A&M University-College Station  www.mtsociety.org/conferences/rope.aspx This 9th International Rope Technology Workshop is a joint conference of the MTS Ropes and Tension Members Committee and OIPEEC (International Organization for Study of the Endurance of Ropes). Twenty-five talks will be presented during the three days. The schedule of talks will be announced later. Some of the talks will be accompanied by papers published by OIPEEC. Others will not be available as publications after the workshop/conference. You can now register for the conference at www.OIPEEC.org. For further information, e-mail [email protected].

TechSurge 2011

Ocean Pollution: From Technology to Management and Policy April 13–14, 2011  Sarasota, Fla.  www.mtsociety.org/conferences/techsurge Topics for the workshop include Florida Coastal Ecology, Water Quality, Storm Water Run-off Policy, Report Card on Reduced Coastal and Ocean Pollution, Marine Debris, among others. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Ernest D. Estevez, director Mote Center for Coastal Ecology; Dr. John F. Griffith, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project; and Lindsey Pickel, coordinator, Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition. Please visit the website for updates on speakers and topics. This two-day workshop will identify the needs and gaps among the various forms of pollution that affect our oceans and coasts, and include cutting-edge tool demonstrations. Attendees will have the opportunity to help develop an ocean pollution scorecard that highlights the top technology gaps in each ocean pollution topic presented at the workshop. A special half-day session will be devoted to oil spill technology. The workshop is being chaired by Jake Sobin ([email protected]). This is a can’t-miss event for all marine communities, especially the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and NOAA.

Offshore Technology Conference May 2-5 Houston, Texas  www.otcnet.org/2011 MTS is one of the 12 sponsoring societies of the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production and environmental protection. Highlights of the technical program include panels on Post-Spill Deepwater Gulf of Mexico and Beyond, and on Renewable Energy. New topics will be presented on Enhanced Oil Recovery, Marine Archaeology, Deployment of Subsea Equipment, Welding, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Shale Gas Developments. Stop by the MTS booth, S8, in the hall of the Reliant Center.


Oceans of Opportunity: International Cooperation and Partnership Across the Pacific September 19–22 Kona, Hawaii  www.oceans11mtsieeekona.org OCEANS’11 MTS/IEEE Kona will feature tutorials on special-interest topics, a comprehensive technical program of lectures and presentations, a student program, and a large exhibit hall with products from over 100 companies. The deadline for submitting abstracts and student posters is April 22. Special topics for this conference are Ocean Exploration in the Pacific, Ocean Pollution, Aquaculture, Renewable Energy, Ocean Acidification, Long Time-Series Observation, Marine National Monuments, Collaborative Research, Geology and Geophysics, Corals, and Marine Security. The conference will be held in the Hilton Waikoloa Village hotel, Kona, Hawaii. Visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com for more information.


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Society News

D rilldown OCEANS’14 in St. John’s Bill O’Keefe Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Section


t OCEANS’10 in Seattle, the Marine Technology Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers awarded the OCEANS’14 conference and trade show to St. John’s, Newfoundland. St. John’s is the most eastern city in North America and has a marine history dating back to the early 1600s. Continuing that heritage, St. John’s today is a “City of Ocean Excellence.” The conference backdrop will be a wide selection of ocean technology facilities that support marine training and technology development. Local businesses will showcase their capabilities, products and services. The Organizing Committee attended the Seattle conference and received the news with great pleasure and enthusiasm. “We have put a lot of work into this initiative and are very excited that St. John’s has been selected as the site for OCEANS’14,” said Darrell O’Neill, chair of the Local Organizing Committee. “This conference offers a significant opportunity for the New-

foundland and Labrador ocean technology community to welcome their international colleagues and showcase the wonderful things that are happening in our province. Our success in securing this event is a strong indication that Newfoundland and Labrador is a global player in ocean technology.” The conference will be held on September 14–19, 2014. The Organizing Committee has already started the process of recruiting the community into the planning process. The first organizing meeting was held on November 23. The focus of the initial meeting was to establish the conference theme and build excitement within the St. John’s ocean community. Sub-committees are being established for all major planning functions, and facilities have been placed “on hold.”   With widespread support within the local oceans community, academia and all three levels of government, the Organizing Committee is laying the groundwork for a conference experience that will “engage and excite” attendees and exhibitors. The Organizing Committee’s goal is to ensure that all attendees, exhibitors and speakers leave the province with a renewed understanding of ocean technology development and facilities in Eastern Canada.   For more information, contact Dwight Howse at dwight.howse @mi.mun.ca or Darrell O’Neill, committee chair, at doneill@ gov.nl.ca. n

MTS Proudly Announces Its 2011 Scholarships The deadline to apply is April 15, 2011. For qualifying information, applications and instructions, visit www.mtsociety.org/education/scholarships.aspx Available to MTS Student Members

Available to Non-MTS Members ROV Scholarship – Varies; Up to $10,000

Charles H. Bussmann Undergraduate Scholarship – $2,500



Charles H. Bussmann Graduate Scholarship – $2,500


The MTS Student Scholarship for Graduate and Undergraduate Students – $2,000

The MTS Student Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors – $2,000



The MTS Student Scholarship for Two-Year, Technical, Engineering and Community College Students – $2,000

The Paros-Digiquartz Scholarship – $2,000



The MTS Student Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors – $2,000 n

John C. Bajus Scholarship – $1,000


The Paros-Digiquartz Scholarship – $2,000


Questions? Contact Mike Hall at [email protected] or (410) 884-5330.

Dieter Family Travel Scholarship – Expenses to attend the MTS Student Leadership Meeting as the at-large student representative during the OCEANS’11 MTS/IEEE Kona (Hawaii) Conference, September 19–22, 2011. n

ROV Scholarship – Varies; Up to $10,000



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Members and Others in the News decrease the risk that these techniques might be called on or deployed before they are adequately understood and regulated. Rosenthal Appointed MTS member Brock Rosenthal of Ocean Innovations has been appointed the first outside sales representative for DOER Marine of Alameda, Calif.

Rick Timm

SeaBotix Hire MTS member SeaBotix has appointed Rick Timm as general manager. Timm received his engineering degrees from Clarkson University and brings 35 years of experience in operations and the sales and marketing of complex technical products. This expertise has already proven valuable, as Timm has successfully guided development of the vLBV300™ and the SARbot™. University Lecture MTS member Geno Pawlak, a professor in the University of Hawaii Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering, gave the third lecture in the Fall 2010 Faculty Lecture Series on “The Kilo Nalu Observatory: A Window into Hawaii’s Coastal Reef Environment.” Hardy Back at Scripps MTS Vice President of Section Affairs Kevin Hardy has returned to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California-San Diego as an ocean engineer after four years with MTS member DeepSea Power & Light. Hardy originally began working at Scripps in 1972.

David James

Margaret Leinen

Teacher Honored MTS member Dr. David James was honored with the Early Career Award by QuikSCience. Congratulations! James teaches Honors Marine Science and Biology at La Jolla High School, Calif., and coaches the National Ocean Sciences Bowl team, which came in fourth last year at the national competition in St. Petersburg, Fla. He received the QuikSCience award for his work in his marine science class. Margaret Leinen, Ph.D., has been selected as associate provost of marine and environmental initiatives and executive director of Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, which is a member of MTS. Leinen is the founder and president of the Climate Response Fund, a nonprofit to foster discussion of climate engineering research and to

WHOI Honor Congratulations to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which developed water-monitoring technology that was selected as a 2010 “Better World” technology by the Association of University Technology Managers. Licensed for commercial development by startup Petrel Biosensors of Woods Hole, Mass., the technology provides instant warning for a broad range of waterborne chemical and biological toxins by analyzing the swimming behavior of one-celled protozoa. The technique works by introducing protozoa into small chambers with water samples taken from municipal, industrial or military water sources and comparing them to control samples. Any alteration of the protozoa’s swimming mechanics is a sign that water conditions have changed and chemical or biological contaminants may be present. A camera records the protozoa’s swimming patterns, triggering software that interprets the water’s risk. The device then relays color-coded, traffic light-type signals to the user, green (safe), yellow (check the water further for safety) or red (bad or deadly—do not drink the water). Friendly Employer Kudos to Fugro, of Lafayette, La., which has been named as a “Top 100 Military Friendly Employer for 2011.” GI Jobs, a militaryto-civilian transition publication and website catering to military job seekers, ranked Fugro 49th in the publication’s seventh annual list, drawing from 5,000 U.S. companies with over $500 million annual revenue. The selection was based on the strength of the company’s military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, and company policies toward National Guard and reserve service members. Cook Lands LSU Job MTS member Stuart Cook has left the leadership of the MTS Student Section at Long Beach City College (LBCC) to take a job as Research Associate 1 at Louisiana State University. He recently completed the electrical technology program and will graduate from LBCC with an associate degree in applied science/electrical technology in May. At LSU he will be working on the Gulf SERPENT Project (Scientific and Environmental ROV Partnership using existing Industrial Technology) in the Coastal Sciences Department lead by associate professor Dr. Mark C. Benfield. McFarlane on Mining The Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans sponsored a presentation in Washington, D.C., by MTS member James A. R. McFarlane, head of the Office of Resource and Environmental Monitoring of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). McFarlane discussed the ISA as it has developed since its founding 16 years ago, the work that this organization (with a staff of 35 and an annual See Members on page 7


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Section News

LBCC Leader Plans to Take Back ROV Comp Title


ariel Cisneros, leader of the Long Beach City College (LBCC) Student Section, says joining MTS was “a natural step into integrating myself into the marine technology community.” Cisneros, a member of the LBCC ROV team, recently took over leadership of the MTS Student Section from Stuart Cook, who has moved on to an associate research position at Louisiana State University (see Member News). Cisneros, who has started the electrical engineering program at California State University-Long Beach, is still a student at LBCC, where she is in her second year of participation in the MATE ROV competition. “I signed up for the LBCC robotics class thinking it would be a lecture class about robotics and was pleasantly surprised to learn that it was a design/build/compete class for marine robotics, which I had absolutely no experience in. I’ve learned so much about marine technology and really love the complexities of marine engineering. I am planning on focusing my EE degree in robotics.” Cisneros is also an intern at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems and has five years experience in the aerospace industry. As LBCC’s MTS Student Section leader, Cisneros says, “I plan to continue to inform students about the existence of marine technology, which isn’t as widely known among college students. Stuart Cook was a great example of leadership, and I look forward to continuing the section in his footsteps. I hope to get more

Joe Van Ryzin, Makai Ocean Engineering, explains the company’s mock-up of a pipe construction and deployment device during the Hawaii Section’s meeting.

Hawaii In October, during a blustery and rainy evening, the Hawaii Section met on the Makai Pier, Waimanalo, Oahu, for a threehour meeting. Over fifty members and student members joined the multiple-part session. Part one was a presentation by MTS member Joe Van Ryzin, Makai Ocean Engineering, on the company’s 1/20 scale mock-up of the pipe construction and deployment device for use on the floating 100-megawatt ocean thermal energy conversion power plant planned by Lockheed Martin. Attendees received a briefing at the pier-mounted mock-up followed by a short movie that detailed the complex engineering techniques required for building a 2,500-ton, 35-


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field trips to marine-related sites and have professionals come in and talk to our group. I believe that communicating with the professionals is a great tool in educating and inspiring future marine scientists and engineers.” The student section visited DeepSea Power & Light in San Diego in the fall semester. (See the secMariel Cisneros tion’s news on page 6.) The LBCC Student Section has big plans this summer—to take back their first-place title at the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s International ROV Competition, which is strongly supported by the MTS ROV Committee. The team took first place in 2009, while taking second in 2008 and in 2010. The winning team is guided by section councilor Scott Fraser, who heads LBCC’s Electronics/Electricity department. The MTS Student Section is merging with a Marine Archeology group at LBCC, “which will definitely create a more multidisciplinary section,” Cisneros said. “It is not often that I, as an engineer, get to talk to marine archeologists, and I look forward to being able to help them expand their knowledge with the ROVs that we create, and it will be great to see our marine technology used for practical, real-world applications.” n foot-diameter pipe on a floating platform. As the pipe is constructed, it is slowly extended into the water via a complex hydraulic gripping device to its eventual termination depth 3,300 feet beneath the surface of the sea. Tentative plans call for four of these large pipes to be deployed beneath a floating platform stationed south of Oahu, Hawaii. The meeting’s second part consisted of comments by Section Chair Stu Burley, during which he introduced himself and all other section officers, told a little about his over-40 years working in ocean-related activities and shared the fact that OCEANS’11 will be in Kona, Hawaii, next September. Then, Dr. John Wiltshire, local chair for OCEANS’11, took the floor and shared with the group how the convention planning was proceeding. He ended his comments with an invitation for members to join the planning committee and help ensure the success of this event. And finally, Ty Aldinger, exhibits chair for OCEANS’11, spoke to the success the local committee had in getting corporate sign-ups for OCEANS’11 during OCEANS’10 in Seattle; out of approximately 120 available exhibit sites, over 80 are already reserved. In December, a joint meeting of SNAME, ASNE and MTS Hawaii was held at the Maple Garden Mandarin Restaurant with 46 attendees from the three societies. Technical presentations were delivered by students from the University of Hawaii’s Ocean Resources Engineering Capstone Design Classes. Vanna Keller discussed “Wave Energy Feasibility in Hana, Maui” and MTS member Lauren Tuthill and Matt Morita presented research on “Beach and Coastal Access Stabilization and Maintenance at Sunset Beach.” These students make up a large part of the SNAME and MTS Hawaii student sections. Making this meeting especially unusual was the continued on page 6

Section News continued from page 5 fact that the entire evening’s events were shared via NetMeeting with the SNAME/ASNE Section in San Diego, Calif. Chair: Stu Burley, [email protected] Houston Tor Gavem, with Hess Corporation, was the final speaker for the 2010 section luncheon series. Gavem is responsible for subsea projects in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa.   The 2011 Sporting Clays Tournament will be held on March 5, with practice rounds on March 4, both at the American Shooting Center. MTS Houston will again be hosting the Outlook Conference in March 2011. At the time Currents went to print, planning was still underway; however, the conference is likely to follow the same format as 2010, concluding with a luncheon and lunch presentation.

sures found in the Mariana Trench, the bottom of which is 6.85 miles deep in the Pacific Ocean. Students decorated their cups, then Hardy let them bring the pressure chamber down to 15,750 psi, the pressure at the bottom of the trench. He not only gave the students an exciting demonstration, he showed how to use the machinery as well. After lunch, Hardy guided the students to Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he worked for 34 years (and to which he recently returned). He gave the students a tour of a research ship and the lab on board and answered questions regarding what spending time on the ship researching marine projects was like. To finish the trip, he showed the students various tools on a pier that Scripps scientists use, as well as a water-sampling mechanism that fills up during storms and directly feeds information back to the Scripps campus for scientific use. Hardy showed the students great support and talked to a lot of the students individually, passing on various stories about his years at DeepSea Power & Light and Scripps, and his experiences as both an engineer and a scientist. He encouraged the students, to “keep passing that baton of knowledge.”   The LBCC Student Section meets every other Wednesday. The meetings begin at 1 p.m. before the ROV Robotics class taught by Scott Fraser. The next trip in the works is for SEAmagine Hydrospace, whose president is Will Kohnen, chair of the MTS Manned Underwater Vehicles Profession Committee. The company produces small two- and three-person submarines.   The student section is also seeking professional members in Los Angeles for mentoring and job opportunities. They can contact the new LBCC MTS Leader Mariel Cisneros at [email protected].

From Left, Rebecca Gorring, Heather Hillard and Eric Maier pose after receiving Outstanding Leadership Awards.

Houston Young Professionals MTS Houston luncheon for the month of December was special for the Young Professionals group. Robert Keith, chair of MTS Houston Section, presented Outstanding Leadership Awards to former MTSYP leads Rebecca Gorring, Heather Hillard, Eric Maier and Jennifer Williams for their pioneering contributions and key roles in the inception of MTSYP. Earlier in October John Whites, Oil States Inc., provided an informative Lunch and Learn on articulating concrete mats. Long Beach City College Twenty students from the Long Beach City College (LBCC) Student Section lead by Scott Fraser, head of the college Electronics/Electrical department and the student section counselor, and Stuart Cook, LBCC Student Section leader at the time, traveled last semester to San Diego to meet with Kevin Hardy, MTS vice president of section affairs, for a tour of DeepSea Power & Light and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Hardy explained the process of creating a product at DeepSea Power & Light, through design, engineering, testing and marketing. To emphasize the power of the seas, he demonstrated how much pressure would be exerted on a Styrofoam cup at pres-

After his lecture on robotics, Brian Newberry talks to a student near the new banner for the University of North Carolina-Charlotte Student Section. University of North Carolina-Charlotte Free pizza and an interest in robotics brought members of the MTS student section to a lecture by Brian Newberry of MTS member iRobot in November. Newberry is lead systems engineer at iRobot Corporation Maritime Systems Division in Durham. Newberry described his work at the company, played informative videos and brought robots that he had helped to develop to show the See Section News on page 7


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Members, continued from page 4 budget of about $6 million, one of the smallest international organizations in existence) has accomplished and how it is preparing for sound and peaceful management of exploration and exploitation of the mineral resources—not just polymetallic nodules, but polymetallic sulphides and cobalt crusts as well— of the seabed beyond national jurisdiction. New IEEE Fellow Dr. Donald E. Barrick, founder, president and principal engineer of CODAR Ocean Systems (COS), has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers by the Oceanic Engineering Society. Recent technology advances he has spearheaded within COS involve buoy-based bistatic expansion of SeaSonde coastal coverage; low-power, compact UHF bistatic radars for river flow gauging; and a compact skywave HF radar design that can map ocean surface conditions to 4,000 kilometers. n In Memoriam Conrad G. Welling died August 20, 2010. He was 91. Welling was a retired U.S. Navy commander who went on to a second career with Lockheed Missiles and Space. He formed an industrial partnership, International Minerals Company, to investigate the potential of marine minerals. Through his leadership, Lockheed Ocean Minerals Company, an international consortium, became the first U.S. licensee under the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act, and in 1978 successfully tested a remotely operated mining vehicle, for which the technology has yet to be matched. The mining system influenced the design of mining systems throughout the world and added credibility to a venture regarded by many at the time as too futuristic. n

Section News, continued from page 6 students. After the presentation, he took resumes. The lecture was mandatory for introductory-level engineering students. Washington, D.C. The Washington, D.C., Section hosted a talk by MTS member Phil Grossweiler as part of its Breakfast Series in November. Grossweiler, from M&H Energy Services, Houston, Texas, discussed “The Gulf of Mexico Spill – The Way Forward for Production, Technology and Regulation.” As a principal consultant for M&H, Grossweiler’s work includes energy infrastructure, unconventional oil and gas resources, and LNG projects. Attendance at the MTS Breakfast Series has been growing and provides an excellent opportunity to network with professionals in the D.C. ocean community. n

DP Guidelines, continued from page 1 struction Vessels and (3) DP Logistics Vessels. While meant primarily for the offshore oil and gas industry, the guidelines will be useful in any DP operation.    The DP Committee is now planning development of a set of companion documents to cover Dynamic Positioning Design Guidelines. n


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2011 Awards, continued from page 1 Compass Distinguished Achievement Award is also presented with a Rolex Watch, and the winner of the Lockheed Martin Award for Ocean Science and Engineering receives a statue of an orca. All winners will be honored during the MTS Awards Luncheon at the September 19–22 OCEANS’11 MTS/IEEE Kona Conference, Hawaii. Below is a list of MTS Awards. Nomination forms are available online at www.mtsociety.org/about/awards.aspx, where you can also see a list of last year’s winners. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Hall at the MTS home office, (410) 884-5330. n n n n n n n n n n

Ocean News & Technology Young Professional Award: Presented to an individual 35 years old or younger who is an MTS member in good standing who has shown leadership in MTS and who works in a professional capacity in management, engineering or research and development in a marine technology field. Compass Distinguished Achievement Award: Presented to any individual who has sustained a career marked by achievements that have had significant impact on the fields of marine science and technology. Compass Industrial Award: Presented to any legally operated industrial firm (excluding government and non-profit organizations) that has demonstrated outstanding contributions to marine science and technology. Compass International Award: Presented to an individual, company or organization for outstanding contributions to the advancement of marine science and technology; open to those from any country or territory outside the United States. Lockheed Martin Award for Ocean Science & Engineering: Presented to an individual who has demonstrated the highest degree of technical accomplishment in the field of marine science, engineering or technology. MTS Special Commendation and Award: Presented to an individual, group or organization in recognition of outstanding accomplishments leading to significant advances in marine affairs. Open to anyone in management, public service and the social science fields. MTS Outstanding Section Award: Presented to an MTS Section in recognition of activities conducted in advancement of the objectives of the society. MTS Outstanding Committee Award: Presented to an MTS Professional Committee in recognition of activities conducted in advancement of the objectives of the society MTS Outstanding Student Section Award: Presented to any established MTS Student Section demonstrating superior performance in the advancement of the society’s objectives. MTS Outstanding Service Award: Presented to an MTS member or member organization in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in fulfilling the objectives and missions of MTS. n

Houston Section BBQ—Fun, Informative and Tasty!

Chuck Richards, head of student affairs for the Houston Section (in apron), and Professor Raresh Pascali (left of Richards), counselor of the MTS University of Houston Student Section, pose with scholarship winners from the university.


record 450 members and guests attended the MTS Barbecue Social in October, thanks in part to a great deal of hard work by the BBQ chair, Melissa Wood, and a team that included Jon Halliburton of Ensearch, who coordinated sponsors; and Brian Bearden of Upstream Marketing and Wendy Post of Seatronics, who coordinate the Silent Auction; barbecue chefs Terry Dailey of Schlumberger and Chuck Richards of C.A. Richards & Associates; and all the other exceptional committee of volunteers who collectively raised almost $40,000 for next year’s scholarships. Wood expressed her gratitude to Trelleborg, which graciously hosted the event, and to all the sponsors. 

Dr. Bob Randall and others from Texas A&M presented a host of MTS scholarships to various members of the largest student attendance ever, augmented by students from MTS student sections from Texas A&M-Galveston and the University of Houston. Wood noted, “It was also nice to showcase our premier social event of the year in front of the MTS Executive Director Rich Lawson; Mike Hall, MTS manager of member groups and student outreach; and Kevin Hardy, vice president of section affairs, all of whom were impressed by the attendance, organization and hospitality.” n [Editor’s Note: Unless otherwise noted, photos are courtesy of Roberto Rodriquez, Trelleborg.]

Mark Angus, Trelleborg general manager, accepts an award from BBQ Chair Melissa Wood, presented to recognize the company, which hosted the BBQ in its facility.

Texas A&M University-Galveston Student Section Counselor Dr. Frank Warnakulasuriya (right) with scholarship winners from the university. Judy Tink and Andy Lauhoff work the IPOZ Systems booth.

Texas A&M-Galveston students chow down on great barbecue. From left: Sharon Progar, Eli Prieto, Chris Mason, Robert Baker, Daniel DeBroeck and Avery Vaughn. (Photo courtesy of Avery Vaughn)

Congratulations, Scholarship Winners! MTS Texas A&M UniversityGalveston Scholarships: Avery Vaughn John Schilling Emily Sappington Scott Carnley Daniel DeBroeck Mikel Bracken

MTS Dr. John C. Freeman Scholarship: Tyler Morgan Benjamin Huggs

MTS University of Houston Scholarships: Brittany Donoho Joel Vasquez, Jr. Vivek Ghosh Adriana Giron

MTS Charles Richards Sr. Scholarship: Duncan Brotzman

MTS Endowed John C. Freeman Scholarship: Ginny Whisenhunt

MTS Dr. Wayne Ingram Scholarship: Adam Scheidler

MTS Glenn Lochte Scholarship: Richard Erwin


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Professional Committees

DP Conference Again Sets Attendance Record


nce again setting a record for attendance, the 14th annual Dynamic Positioning Conference held in Houston October 12–13, 2010, attracted over 320 participants, including 32 licensed DP operators. It was also widely acclaimed by attendees during the conference and supported in a post-conference survey to be one of the best conferences to date in terms of content and the quality of the technical material. A two-day technical program, chaired by MTS member Lew Weingarth, included 24 presentations and covered a range of DPrelated topics. Sessions included Dynamic Positioning in Arctic and Ice Conditions, Design, New Applications, Quality Assurance, Sensors and Thrusters. On the first day, MTS member Oceaneering International made a luncheon presentation on “DP Advances in the USN Seabase and the STLVAST Sea Trial and Completion.” At the first luncheon, DP Professional Committee Chair Howard Shatto presented Doug Phillips of DP Expertise with the Dynamic Positioning Committee’s Distinguished Achievement Award for his contributions to the industry, while the DP Committee was recognized with the MTS Outstanding Committee award. The luncheon presentation on the following day, “Five Years of DP Software Testing,” was presented by MTS member Marine Cybernetics and was based on the company’s experiences.


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  A larger exhibit area allowed a record number of 28 companies to exhibit their products and to meet with delegates during the conference. In addition, a number of industry leaders sponsored the event. These included conference sponsors BP North American Arctic Exploration and Shell InterHoward Shatto (left) presents Doug national Exploration and ProPhillips with the Distinguished duction; luncheon sponsors Det Norske Veritas, and Marine Achievement Award. Cybernetics; evening reception sponsors MTS members Converteam and Kongsberg Maritime; and refreshment break sponsors ABS, Beier Radio, GL Noble Denton, and L-3 DP and Control Systems. The Dynamic Positioning Conference is internationally recognized as the leading annual professional symposium covering the latest changes, developments and technology pertaining to dynamic positioning. The conference chair is Chuck Richards of MTS member C.A. Richards & Associates. Planning for DP 2011 is already underway. Proceedings from the 2010 Conference are available to all attendees online and can also be purchased through the DP website at www.dynamic-positioning.com. n

Business News New Institutional Member MTS is pleased to welcome Fundação Homem do Mar (Seaman Foundation) as an institutional member. Based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the non-profit institution was created as a partnership of the Brazilian National University in Rio de Janeiro and the Brazilian Association of Merchant Officers. Initially created to be a training center, it now has its own research and development area, M.B.A. and post-graduate courses, and a maritime simulator center. Courses include those on

dynamic positioning, oil spill response, and other maritimerelated courses. The research and development focus is on offshore maritime operations and port interface. Web link: www.fhm.org.br Norwegian Co. Joins Poseidon Offshore Mining is a new business member of MTS as well as a new company. Welcome! Based in Oslo, Norway, the company’s goal is to pursue open-pit mining at the seabed floor. Currently, it is designing a survey platform that will help to locate areas

New Corporate Member A new corporate member has joined MTS. Welcome to Teledyne Geophysical Instruments of Houston, Texas. The company designs and manufactures sensors and sensor arrays for subsurface geological structure mapping: marine exploration hydrophones for oil and gas exploration; high-frequency hydrophones for defense; spherical hydrophones for research applications; towed arrays for geophysical prospecting,

of interest. When those are found, the company will submit claims, conduct environmental studies and obtain mining permits. The next step will be ship building and final design and production of the mining equipment, for which it will use subcontractors. Once ore is extracted, the company will either deliver it to refineries or proceed to build its own refinery. The company’s website is under construction. For more information, e-mail the company’s president, Thomas Sunde, at Thomas.Sunde@ poseidonoffshoremining.com.

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Welcome New Members California Frederick Ashcroft Eric Birns Michael Fox Scott Grost Heather Kerkering Brendan Tougher Connecticut Clement Hamer Florida Ben C. Campbell Kyle Olejniczak Dustin Porak Benjamin E. Shaul Hawaii Peter Anast Margaux Filippi Frederick B. Pack Betsy Seiffert Illinois Pamela K. Ryan Louisiana Bent Erik Bjorkli Douglas Breaux Rick Bruce Yong Jin Lee Danny Lee Ben Todd John Ulep Eric Vizier Tim White


Massachusetts Mike Ryan Samantha Teehan Michigan Scott T. Kendall Minnesota Thomas Ryno Mississippi Jonathan W. White New York Tom Heiss Ohio Konstantin Nakovski Oregon Katherine Cameron Texas Mike Aaser Lloyd Ackerman Mohammad Ahmed Assem Alameldin Jonathan Allerkamp Ben Armstrong David Auchter Mark Baisa Steve Ball Morry Bankehsaz Roger Brooks Justin Bullard Peter P. Chan Tharun T. Cheriyan Donald Chin Shelby Clark

Paul Collins Dave DeLaughter Kim Diederichsen Dorrith Dishan Alaric Durkan Michael Dyll Joseph Effinger Annie L. Eifert Antti Ekqvist Dan Ellinwood Brian Ezeude Caleb Faught Jessica Fletcher Gary Foyt Chad Fuhrmann Nicholas Gavlick Garrett Glover Charles Griffith Nicolas Gutierrez James Hammock Eric Henckel Donald G. Hervey Bryan Hoyem Chris Hughes Michael Hurley Andre Kanyo Ashley Kelley Han Sang Kim David S. Kizer Milton Korn Tes O. Lawal Claudio Lima Phil Manrique Randall Martin Melinda Martin Anthony Martinez

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Brian Meadowcroft Thomas Myers Edward B. Rogenstein Christopher Paul Zavrel Washington Michael Kunz Washington, D.C. Michael Harmon Wisconsin Robert R. Patton James A. Schneider Australia Marc Senders Brazil Sergio H. Sphaier Bgair Miranda Cyro Muniz Eduardo Tannuri Canada Cindy Mellis Scott Elder Brian Landry Finland Andrei Korsström Kurt Lindborg Japan Yuji Onda Republic of Korea Jun Bumn Rho Hye-kyoung Yim


Malaysia Peter Haggblom Mexico Victor Millan Netherlands Twan Voogt Rutger Bosland Jan Marijn Dijk Michael Gachet Remmelt Heemskerk Arjen Koop Charlotte Saltner Sjors van Ruiten Rene Wouts Norway Thomas Sunde Ahmed Al-genaee Svend-Erik Engen Glenn Johnsen Anne Toril Kasin Vidar Rasmussen Ricky Ryttmar Maximilliano Simao Singapore Sheng Qi Wu Sweden Tobias Huuva Roger Isaksson United Arab Emirates Ralph Cabral United Kingdom Matthew Bateman

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Business News survey, research and defense; and streamer cables, as well as performs cable repair. Web link: www.teledynegeophysical.com BIRNS Joins Welcome to new business member BIRNS, Inc., of Oxnard, Calif. The 57-year-old company is an ISO 9001:2008-certified designer and manufacturer of high-performance connectors, custom cable assemblies and lighting systems for deep ocean, marine, military and nuclear power applications. The company has sales representatives in four states and around the world. Web link: www.birns.com U.A.E. Company Joins KDU Worldwide Technical Services of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, is a new business member. Welcome! The company provides turnkey solutions, starting with engineering supply and installation of a ship’s automation and electrical systems for newbuilds, retrofits and conversions. Switchboard and control systems are built at the company’s facilities in the Saif Zone in Sharjah using globally available, off-the-shelf components. The company’s website is under construction. For information, e-mail owner and partner Ralph Cabral, ralph@ kdutech.ae. New Facility MTS member IXSEA and IXBLUE have opened a new service, training and support center in the heart of Houston’s energy corridor at 1774 W. Sam Houston Parkway N. The new facility will also be the site of regular training courses in the company’s navigation, positioning, subsea acoustics and geophysical software solutions. Web link: www.ixsea. com/en, www.ixblue.com


Phoenix Rescue MTS member Phoenix International Holdings successfully recovered a U.S. Navy E-2C Hawkeye from 3,300 meters of seawater (msw) in the North Arabia Sea. Phoenix, under the guidance of the Office of the Supervisor of Salvage and Diving, pinpointed the location of the E-2C during a three-day search of a 10-mile by 10-mile area in mid-April using the Navy’s towed pinger locator system. Given the expected onset of the bad weather season, the decision was made to expedite the recovery operation by using Phoenix’s 6,000-mswdepth-rated remotely operated vehicle Remora. Phoenix also successfully used its micro-ROV xBot III to perform a detailed video inspection of the Deepwater Horizon control room in 5,000 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. For the Navy’s Office of the Supervisor of Salvage and Diving, Phoenix mobilized and operated one of the Navy’s deepwater ROVs, Deep Drone. Phoenix also designed, developed and delivered a portable, six-man, 1,000foot-depth-capable saturation diving system to the U.S. Navy. The Saturation Fly-Away Diving System (SAT FADS) was delivered to the Naval Experimental Diving Unit, Panama City, Fla. SAT FADS will provide a critical saturation diving capability to support Navy salvage and recovery operations around the world. Recently, Phoenix was awarded the U.S. Navy’s five-year, worldwide Diving and Diving Related Services contract. The contract is in direct support of the Navy’s Office of the Supervisor of Salvage and Diving for whom Phoenix maintains an around-the-clock, global capability to perform waterborne repairs to ships and structures. Web link: www.phnx-international.com

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ISE ROV Sale ISE of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, has delivered a new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to SNK Ocean Company, a Tokyo, Japan-based marine services company. The HYSUB ROV— the “Hakuyo 150-3000”—is SNK’s deepest diving ROV, rated to an operational depth of 3,000 meters. The vehicle is equipped with four lateral and three vertical thrusters, two manipulators, a full sensor package, and ISE’s customized control system, ACE. The ROV is also equipped with a custom designed jet skid for cable burial operations. The ROV’s hydraulic power can be divided into two 75-horsepower circuits when the skid is attached. A TSS cable skid is used for cable tracking. The forward thrust is 2,500 pounds, and the forward speed is 3.7 knots. Web link: www. ise.bc.ca New Submersible MTS member SeaBotix recently teamed with SEAmagine Hydrospace Corp., manufacturers of one-atmosphere submersibles, to create the Deep-C, the newest two-man Ocean Pearl model, for client Mike Caplehorn. The Deep-C, number nine in SEAmagine’s lineup, is ABS Classed and rated to a depth of 320 meters. SeaBotix worked closely with SEAmagine engineering, including SEAmagine President and MTS member Will Kohnen, to integrate its 320-meter-rated LBV300 HD, which includes a purpose-built tether management system with ROV garage and a tractor drive to deploy and retrieve the LBV. One special feature, a SeaBotix Guillotine Cutter, was added at the drum. Since the primary use for the LBV is to film in and around shipwrecks, the ability to cut the LBV

tether should Deep-C be irreversibly entangled was critical to achieving ABS Class for the submersible. The emergency system requires three active operations to function. The LBV300 HD is the first miniROV with a truly integrated highdefinition 1080i video system. Web links: www.seabotix.com, www.seamagine.com Samson Slings Samson has completed extensive testing of highperformance synthetic rope slings, resulting in a greater understanding of the critical elements that affect sling performance in a variety of configurations. The Samson R&D team has applied this knowledge to the development of a software application to help clients determine the best synthetic sling for their heavy-lift operation. The D/d ratio, where D is the pin diameter and d is the diameter of the rope, can affect the rope strength, depending on the design of the sling: single leg or grommet. For single-leg slings, which have an eye splice at each end, smaller D/d ratios are more efficient. However, grommet slings perform at higher working loads due to load sharing between the two legs of the sling. The increased strength of the grommet sling is dependent on the D/d ratio and the positioning of the splices. Web link: www.samsonrope.com CONTROS Sales MTS member CONTROS System & Solutions GmbH has now integrated its HydroC™ CO2 underwater sensor in numerous AUVs and a variety of ROVs for scientific and commercial applications, especially early leak detection tasks. Installed on the HUGIN/Kongsberg AUV, continued on page 12


Business News continued from page 11 the sensor is used for oceanography, environmental monitoring and underwater resource studies. Latest sales of CONTROS HydroC™ CO2 and CO2 flow-through sensors went to the University of Québec, Canada, and the University Southern Mississippi for CO2 measurements in several environmental projects. Web link: www.contros.eu Oyster Test Wave-energy company Aquamarine Power hopes to deploy its U.K.-designed technology along the Oregon coastline in the U.S. The firm’s U.S. subsidiary, Aquamarine Power USA, has received a grant of $50,000 from the Oregon Wave Energy Trust for a feasibility study into using the company’s Oyster wave turbine offshore Oregon. Web link: www. aquamarinepower.com Confirmed Contracts MTS member Subsea 7 has received numerous contracts: for engineering, procurement, fabrication, installation and commissioning in the ConocoPhillips Jasmine discovery in the Central North Sea; for engineer, procurement, fabrication, installation and commissioning of a 2.2-kilometer bundle system in the Danish sector of the North Sea valued in excess of $55 million; by BP for a two-and-a-half year frame agreement for life-offield services in the U.K. and Norwegian North Sea valued in the region of $100 million; from Statoil ASA for the Pan Pandora and Katla fields in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea and valued in excess of $85 million; for a two-year day rate with Petrobras valued in excess of $110 million for the exclusive use of Subsea 7’s pipelay vessel Lochnagar. Subsea 7, through its i-Tech


division, has received a contract from Petrobras International for the provision of remotely operated vehicle services onboard a new-build ultra-deepwater drillship. i-Tech will provide a new-build 150 horsepower Quantum work-class system. Web link: www.subsea7.com Kongsberg Contract MTS member Kongsberg Maritime has signed a contract with Freire Shipyard for the supply of a comprehensive integrated systems package to be installed aboard an advanced research vessel currently under construction at the Spanish shipbuilders Vigo yard for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The new vessel is being built as a high-technology replacement for NERC’s RRS Discovery, which has been in service since the early 1960s. The new 100-meter vessel, also called RRS Discovery, has been designed by Skipsteknisk AS in Norway and is due for completion in the summer of 2013. Web link: www.km.kongsberg.com Cheaper Alternative Welsh company Ocean Resource is developing the SeaSequestor autonomous buoy and subsea storage tank as a cheaper alternative to floating manned facilities or installing or upgrading pipelines to transport CO2 captured from power stations. The 65-meterhigh buoy would allow tankers carrying around 45,000 tonnes of liquid CO2 stored at -55°C to transfer their cargo into a tank on the seabed, from where it would gradually be injected into existing oil reserves. Ocean Resource uses similar buoys in place of manned floating production units for the oil industry and to support diesel power generators for

remote subsea pumps. Web link: www.oceanresource.co.uk Asian Carp Locator The Illinois Natural History Surveys is using a newly purchased DT-X digital scientific echosounder from MTS member BioSonics to identify the location and size of individual Asian carp and make biomass estimates of the total carp population in different stretches of a river feeding the Great Lakes. Asian Carp threaten the Great Lakes’ estimated $7 billion fishery. Web link: www.biosonicsinc.com New at Oceaneering MTS member Oceaneering International will supply umbilicals for the development of BC-10 Phase II in the Campos Basin, offshore Brazil, to the BC-10 Consortium, which is operated by Shell. The order requires hybrid subsea pump and steel tube production control umbilicals stretching to 30 kilometers, as well as associated hydraulic flying leads. The umbilicals will support the subsea development of the Argonauta O-North field, which comprises seven production and four injection wells in water depths ranging from 1,493 to 1,981 meters. Oceaneering will supply umbilicals and distribution equipment for the development of the Macedon gas field, offshore Western Australia. The BHP Billiton Petroleum award includes an integrated umbilical system consisting of 100 kilometers of steel tube umbilicals and associated distribution equipment of termination assemblies and flying leads. The Western Australia Macedon gas development comprises four wells in 180 meters of water. Two additional U.S. flagged Oceaneering dive support vessels are scheduled to join Ocea-


neering International’s Gulf of Mexico fleet during the first quarter of 2011. The newbuild 200-foot-by-46-foot Ocean Project, which replaces a vessel of the same name, will be outfitted to perform subsea inspection, repair and maintenance services and to support construction operations. The Ocean Patriot is a renamed 240-foot, DP-2 MSV built in 2002 that is undergoing upgrades to permanently install a 12-Man SAT diving system and telecommunications, video and survey equipment. The vessel features a 40-ton crane, 4,500 square feet of clear project deck and a baffled moonpool. Web link: www.oceaneering.com Fugro Acquires RUE Fugro has reached agreement with Riise Underwater Engineering (RUE), Norway, to acquire the company, headquartered in Haugesund. RUE is a provider of subsea engineering, ROV, and diving services, offshore and inshore, to the oil and gas industry. Specializing in inspection, repair, maintenance and subsea construction support, RUE operates two specially designed vessels in West Africa and one inshore vessel in Norway with both work-class and observation-class ROVs and a number of modular diving systems. RUE will be renamed Fugro-RUE AS and will be part of Fugro’s subsea services business line. Web link: www.fugro.com Canadian Vessel STX Canada Marine of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has been awarded a $2.48 million contract to design the Canadian Coast Guard’s new offshore oceanographic science vessel, expected to be delivered in 2014. The new vessel is to continued on page 13 JA N UA RY / F E B RUA RY 2 0 1 1

Business News continued from page 12 replace CCGS Hudson on the East Coast. Web link: www. stxmarine.net Submarine Contract MTS member SEA CON has been awarded competitive contracts for both prototype and production cables for the new sonar sensing array on the Virginia Class submarines. SEA CON will supply both the electrical and optical array cable assemblies and will deliver these over the next several years. In addition, the company’s manufacturing division, SEACON Phoenix, has won contracts for submarine sensor and self-defense systems for both Navy and prime contractor customers. Also, both SEA CON in El Cajon, Calif., and SEACON Phoenix in Ashaway, R.I., have certified to NAVSEA S9320-AM-PRO-020/MLDG, the Navy’s specification for polyurethane molding of outboard cable assemblies. The 24/7, on-call Field Service and Support department at SEACON Advanced Products (SAPL) of Bellville, Texas, has established its first global maintenance service agreement with one of its largest customers and is negotiating with other customers to provide rapid response for maintenance to crucial offshore connector systems. The construction of a new climatecontrolled building at SAPL was due to be completed by the end of 2010. SAPL’s qualification facilities have increased with the addition of a fourth hydrostatic pressure vessel, which has an operating area of 39-inch internal diameter by 110-inch deep and boasts a working pressure of 6,750 pounds per square inch/465 bar. Designed to 2001 ASME, Section VIII, Div 2 specifications, this vessel has an easy-


opening clamshell lid and programmable software for controlled ramp rates and hold times. It will be housed in a new building complemented by a 5-ton overhead crane. Web link: www.seaconbrantner.com Technip in Venezuela MTS member Technip was awarded a contract for the engineering, procurement and construction management of Petroleos de Venezuela’s Mariscal Sucre Dragon/Patao development, off the northeast coast of Venezuela. The Mariscal Sucre Dragon and Patao fields are located 25 miles north of the Paria peninsula in the state of Sucre at a water depth of 100-130 meters. The contract includes project and construction management for the Dragon platform and the fabrication, transportation and installation of the subsea system. Technip will also offer detailed engineering for the platform and subsea tieback to the Dragon field and will procure long lead equipment and procurement services. The fields are part of Venezuela’s first offshore gas development. Web link: www. technip.com Technology Investment Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe plans to invest up to £100 million to create a center for advanced technology in Edinburgh, Scotland, to carry out research and development into offshore wind turbine technology. In addition, the Japanese firm is to acquire Edinburgh firm Artemis Intelligent Power, which performs research, development, and technology licensing associated with development and applications of Digital Displacement hydraulic power technology, and other innovations in the control and trans-

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mission of fluid power. Web link: www.mhips.com U.K. Job Losses The U.K. defense industry is bracing for tens of thousands of private-sector job losses following the government’s budget cuts, but some are hoping other industries will gain from the influx of engineers into the market. “The extent of the job losses will depend on any radical reshaping of future U.K. defense, particularly any shift of strategy with respect to equipment. The devil will be in the detail,” said Martin Wright, chief executive of the North West Aerospace Alliance. Those working in small to medium-sized business may be particularly hard hit because of cuts in back-up and maintenance contracts. Cable System Reports The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will continue to ask about 25 businesses that own and operate approximately 50 submarine cable systems or the landing stations where these cables reach U.S. shores to voluntarily provide reports about their systems’ status and any service restoration activities they may have undertaken. The FCC says the information will be “presumptively confidential” because the information “would reflect reports on weaknesses in or damage to national communications infrastructure, and the release of this sensitive information to the public could potentially facilitate terrorist targeting of critical infrastructure and key resources.” UTEC Contract UTEC Survey Asia (Singapore) has received a contract award from Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering (MMHE) to supply survey and posi-

tioning services in Turkmenistan. Under the terms of the contract UTEC Survey will support the MMHE-Technip JV installation of a 7,000-metricton, gravity-based structure and topside floatover. In addition to providing positioning services for the structures, UTEC will deploy precise motion and environmental sensors in order to provide real-time monitoring during the installation. Web link: www.utecsurvey.com Harris Acquisition Harris Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire the Global Connectivity Services (GCS) business from Schlumberger Information Solutions. The acquisition will significantly extend Harris’ capabilities as a global provider of mission-critical, end-to-end managed satellite communications services for customers operating in remote and harsh environments, including the energy, government and maritime industries. Schlumberger GCS will be combined with recently acquired CapRock Communications to form Harris CapRock Communications. Web link: www.harris.com n

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Science & Technology News Whale Snacks Dead whales that sink to the seafloor provide deepsea animals with a feast that can last for years. Previous research suggested that such “whale falls” were homes for unique animals that lived nowhere else. However, after sinking five whale carcasses in Monterey Canyon, researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, an MTS member, found that most of the animals at these sites were not unique to whale falls, but were common in other deep-sea environments as well. Nonetheless, the whale-fall communities did include a few very abundant animals that were “bone specialists,” including 15 species of bone-eating Osedax worms and several newly discovered species of bone-eating snails. Shipwrecks Found An international team from ProMare, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Teledyne Gavia (formerly Hafmynd ehf) have located nearly two dozen wellpreserved shipwrecks in the lakes of the Telemark Waterway in south-central Norway. It is suspected that the shipwrecks in the waterway range in date from the Medieval/Viking Age to the mid-19th century. To locate the shipwrecks, the team deployed a Teledyne Gavia AUV equipped with the latest sonar imaging and inertial navigation systems. The Gavia AUV has a modular design and a depth rating in excess of 500 meters. Corrosion Detector A fingerprint detection technique developed at Leicester University now has an industrial application. Dr John Bond’s method of identifying fingerprints on brass bullet-


casings, even after they have been wiped clean, was based on detecting small amounts of corrosion caused by sweat. Now, working with scientists in the university’s department of chemistry, Bond has developed a simple, handheld device that can measure corrosion on machine parts. Having a corrosion measurement method for copper and alloys, such as brass, that is quick, portable and cheap enables metals to be tested in situ with no prior set up of a corrosion measuring device. The technique enables the type of corrosion to be determined—for example, whether it is copper oxide or zinc oxide corrosion. Which one it is gives clues as to how severe the corrosion is. First Test Center The world’s first multi-directional wave-and-current testing center for marine energy is set for construction in Scotland after receiving £6 million in public funding. Edinburgh University plans to build the 30-meter-diameter indoor tank on its King’s Buildings campus. The tank, which will hold more than 1.4 million liters of water, will provide a controlled environment for initial trials of wave- and tidalpowered turbines without the large costs and risks associated with testing them at sea. Deaf Dolphins Dolphins and small whales that strand themselves along the shore frequently have damaged hearing, sometimes to the point of being deaf, say researchers. The finding could not only help explain the reason for at least some such stranding events, but also cast doubt on the usefulness of returning stranded cetaceans to the sea, either immediately or after rehabilitation in cap-

tivity, without first being able to test their hearing. Writing in the open-access, online journal PLoS One, David Mann of the University of South Florida and colleagues describe examining the hearing of 34 small whales and dolphins from eight species. All of them were taken to facilities that specialize in rehabilitating stranded cetaceans. Borehole Trial Borehole Mining International (BHMI) has successfully completed the first demonstrationtrial stage of its borehole mining (BHM) technology in mining of quartz sand and gravel in Southern Australia from a depth of 140 meters below the surface. The initial pilot test using the 5.5 inch (140-milimeters) BHM tool (the smallest available) demonstrated the material average extraction level of 3–7 tons per hour (peaking to 60-80t/ h). While mining sand and gravel from the gold-bearing alluvial formation, the trial also resulted in extracting gold as a “byproduct.” BHMI is now requested to develop, design and manufacture a larger-diameter BHM tool using more wear-resistant materials to withstand extreme quartz slurry abrasiveness. Another BHM trial at temperatures below 0oC is currently running in Central Minnesota to explore the potential applicability of BHM in the Polar Zone. Just Far Enough If the head of a vibrocore taking samples is driven too far, it can touch the base. To eliminate the possibility of this happening, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is experimenting with the use of underwater altimeters, attaching the altimeter’s transducer to the head side of the vibrocore and the


sonar transmitter to the base and aiming at the surface. As the sampling pipe is driven into the bottom and the head descends, the altimeter measures the distance between the upper and lower assembly. Watching the altimeter’s display, the operator knows exactly how deep the pipe has penetrated the ocean floor and also the distance between the head and base. The machine can then be stopped before the two run into each other, preventing any damage. Faster Cleanup A new remotely operated vehicle is helping shave years off a nuclear cleanup operation taking place off the north coast of Scotland. Built by U.K.-based engineering firm Land & Marine, the ROV recovered more than 400 radioactive particles from the seabed around Dounreay between last August and October. This compares with 930 particles recovered by human divers between 1997 and 2007 as part of the initial survey and clean-up operation. The 8.5-ton ROV was designed specifically for the Dounreay cleanup operations and cost around £800,000. It spent 37 days systematically searching an area of seabed equivalent to 22 football pitches for up to 24 hours a day. GMES Satellite A new suite of advanced instruments to be carried on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-3 satellites will deliver data for Global Monitoring for Environment and Security services related to the marine environment—such as ocean-current forecasting— that need surface-temperature information, sea-water quality and pollution-moncontinued on page 15 JA N UA RY / F E B RUA RY 2 0 1 1

Science & Technology News continued from page 14 itoring services requiring ocean-color products and surface-wave information for maritime safety. The instruments will include a precision radar altimeter, an infrared radiometer and a wide-swath ocean-and-land color radiometer. The first satellite is scheduled to be launched in 2013, followed by a second to maximize coverage. Useful Drone The first project to use unmanned aircraft to monitor ice and seals over the Arctic is producing useful information, according to Elizabeth Weatherhead of the University of Colorado-Boulder, who is leading the study team. Scan Eagle, which has a 10-foot

wingspan, was launched in 2009 from the NOAA vessel McArthur II over the Bering Sea west of Alaska. It is owned and operated by the University of Alaska. The Scan Eagle’s flights lasted from two to eight hours and flew at altitudes ranging from 300 to 1,000 feet. The image recognition software used to automate the identification of seals in 27,000 images that were collected during the flights was developed by Boulder Labs, Inc. Inaccurate Science The most widely adopted measure for assessing the state of the world’s oceans and fisheries led to inaccurate conclusions in nearly half the ecosystems where it was applied. The new analysis

Legislative News National Ocean Council Twenty-five cabinet secretaries and senior officials in the U.S. federal government held the inaugural meeting of the National Ocean Council’s Principal-level Committee in November. The committee is charged with implementing the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts and Great Lakes, including coastal and marine spatial planning. Key functions of the committee are setting national priority objectives and providing direction for implementing the National Policy based in part on recommendations from the deputylevel committee, which had its first meeting earlier in 2010. During the November meeting, the council, among other actions, approved operational items for establishing the Governance Coordinating Committee to formally engage state, tribal and local author-


was performed by an international team of fisheries scientists, and is reported in the journal Nature. “Monitoring all the fish in the sea would be an enormous, and impossible, task,” said Henry Gholz, program director in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Division of Environmental Biology, which co-funded the research with NSF’s Division of Ocean Sciences. “This study makes clear that the most common indicator, average catch trophic level, is a woefully inadequate measure of the status of marine fisheries.” In 1998, the journal Science published a groundbreaking paper that was the first to use trends in the trophic levels of fish that were caught to measure the health of world fisheries. The

trophic level of an organism shows where it fits in food webs. Twelve years later newly compiled data has emerged that considers the numbers and types of fish that actually live in these ecosystems, as well as catch data. The new analysis reveals weaknesses in assessing ecosystem health from changes in the trophic levels of what is being caught. An example of the problem with the measure is in the Gulf of Thailand where the average trophic level of what is being caught is rising, which should indicate improving ecosystem health according to proponents of that measure. Instead, it turns out fish at all levels have declined tenfold since the 1950s because of overharvesting. n

Congratulations to Our Graduating MTS Student Members! ities; approved the charter for the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf task force so it could continue to coordinate the collection of information to establish the full extent of the continental shelf of the United States in accordance with international law; and established interagency working groups to address topics such as information management and communications, and public and stakeholder engagement.

Natheer Alabsi M.S., Marine Environmental Studies The University of Tokyo, Japan

New House Chairs U.S. House committee chairs were elected by the full House Republican Conference in December. The incoming Republican chairs on key committees are Hal Rogers (Kentucky), Appropriations; Fred Upton (Michigan), Energy and Commerce; Doc Hastings (Washington), Natural Resources; and Ralph Hall (Texas), Science and Technology. n

Blue Eisen M.S., Ocean and Resources Engineering University of Hawaii

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Jeremy Childress M.S., Marine Resource Management Oregon State University Cameron Clopton B.S., Ocean Engineering Texas A&M University Mark Edmonson B.S., Mechanical Engineering University of South Florida

Byron C. Graves B.S., Mechanical Engineering University of North Carolina at Charlotte Scott Greene B.S., Ocean Engineering Texas A&M University

Heather Heenehan Master of Environmental Management, Coastal Environmental Management Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment James Lightfoot B.S., Ocean Engineering Texas A&M University V.J. Maisonet M.S., Marine Science University of Southern Mississippi Dino Marcolongo A.S., Marine Technology New England Institute of Technology Allison K. Mojzis M.S., Marine Science University of Southern Mississippi NOTE: Professional members can find these new graduates by entering a last name in the second search field on the MTS website at www.mtsociety.org, then clicking the icon to the right of the search field.


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Gulf Coast Section Shines at Mentoring Student Section


he Gulf Coast Section routinely meets with the local University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Section to support a variety of activities. First and perhaps most important to the students, the “parent” section covers the cost of membership for each returning student. “It is so important that we support the next generation of marine scientists and engineers,” stated Student Section Liaison Laurie Jugan. “Given the issues we are now facing in our country in terms of science and math education, we need to give our student members every opportunity to see what this industry has to offer.” Additionally, the parent section assists in arranging speakers from the various agencies at Stennis Space Center to speak on relevant topics and job opportunities. “We want these students to know what our area has to offer—and we want them to seek out jobs locally and stay in the area,” said Jugan. The students themselves are concerned about science and math education in grades K-12. Following their experience at OCEANS’09, the student section decided to create an outreach program featuring remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). With a donation from MATE of five ROVs-in-a-Bag and assistance from the

parent section to integrate the program with NASA tours by junior and high school classes, the program began in November. (Read the students’ perspective in the story that follows.) Of the support received from the parent section, USM Student Section Chair Ryan Vandermeulen stated, “Our students are full of great ideas and enthusiasm, but our success has been a direct result of having a stable support system available to help us make appropriate contacts, overcome logistical constraints, and develop our own leadership skills we didn’t even know we had. This unwavering cooperation allows the section to continuously grow and prevents the onset of potential stagnation resulting from frequent student turnover. Ultimately, our goal in the student section is to bridge the gap between our members and the skilled professionals that work around us. The parent section helps us fulfill our objectives by facilitating network opportunities, and, where we can justify it, lending additional financial assistance to our program.” Students are also invited to the parent general meetings, which include a speaker on a topic relevant to the Gulf Coast area. Members of the student section are always encouraged to network with parent section members following the speaker. n

USM Student Section Bags Successful Event with ROVs

Matt Dorback, left, gives a few pointers on ROV construction to high school students and teachers during the USM Student Section’s ROV-in-a-Bag workshop.


ix students from the University of Southern Mississippi Student Section held a hands-on ROV workshop for 10 students from St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis, Miss., in November, guiding them through the process of creating and testing their own ROV. Ryan Vandermeulen and Matt Dorback led the effort and were ably assisted by Amy Glover, Andreas Moshogianis, Zhengzhen Zhou and Sarah Epps. All are students in USM’s Department of Marine Science.


According to Vandermeulen, the MTS student section at USM had been interested in community outreach for some time. “Finally, last year, our former student section chair, Virgilio Masionet, and our liaison, Laurie Jugan, helped us obtain five ROV-in-a-Bag kits, which were donated by Drew Michel. Jugan is chair of the Gulf Coast Section, while Michel is chair of the ROV Committee Although they initially planned to hold their workshop at Stennis Space Center, they switched to St. Stanislaus after Jill Zande, who oversees the International MATE ROV Competition, connected the students with Pam Hancock. Hancock leads the Robotics Team at the high school. To err on the side of caution, the college students “anticipated everything to go wrong,” Vandermeulen said. “We were surprised by how flawlessly our first event was executed. The kids were really excited, and when it was time for action, they planned, organized and executed the building of their ROVs with incredible efficiency. We helped where we could, by giving suggestions on how to mount the motors, for instance, but for the most part, we let them be completely independent in this engineering process, and I think they appreciated this a lot.” The college volunteers shared the high school students’ enthusiasm, Vanermeulen said. “We really had a great time doing this. It is rewarding to teach kids the importance of math and science at an early age, so that they can maintain that interest through the perils of teenage-hood, and emerge on the other side with motivation to create change in the world.” The USM Student Section plans to continue holding events like this. “Our collaboration with NASA will ensure the continuation of this program,” Vandermeulen said, “but we also realize that not all classrooms have the budget for these sorts of field trips, so we See USM Students on page 17


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Puget Sound Section Teaches the Teachers


en teachers in the Pacific Northwest got hands-on experience building ROVs at a workshop held at the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography in December. The workshop was sponsored by the Puget Sound Section and the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center with the help of a grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant (ITEST—Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) has supported similar workshops in Boston and California, and will be used for workshops in other parts of the country, such as Hawaii and Texas. However, the Puget Sound Section-MATE workshop is the only one connected to an MTS section. The connection is the result of the section being the organizer of the regional ROV competition, whose winners go on to compete in the MATE ROV International Competition. At the workshop, Puget Sound Section Chair Fritz Stahr and MTS member Rick Rupan, along with Wes Thompson, guided

the teachers in designing and building their own ROVS. (Rupan and Thompson are research engineers at the University of Washington.) The teachers then took the ROVs back to their classrooms with suggested lesson plans designed to engage their students as they explore oceanography and physics, as well as to inspire them to compete in the regional competition. “We are using the MATE ROV competition as a way to get students excited about, interested in and, hopefully, on the path to an ocean STEM career. We’re building the pipeline!” said Jill Zande, the assistant director at MATE. Stahr agrees, adding, “We also believe that teachers are one of the best ways to engage kids. And further, we believe that kids in middle and high school are at an age where imagination and action can be combined to spark a lifetime of interest in a subject—it certainly was for me and oceanography.” n

MATE Center Issues 2011 Competition Challenge


he Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center has issued its challenge for the 2011 MATE International ROV Competition: build a remotely operated vehicle that can remove a damaged riser pipe, cap a wellhead, collect a water sample, measure depth and sample organisms—all tasks that highlight the role that ROVs play in the offshore oil and gas industry and focus on the challenges that they faced during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. 2011 marks the 10th year of international competition. The event is being hosted by the Neutral Buoyancy Lab at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on June 16–18. There are three classes in which teams can compete—Explorer, Ranger and Scout, although the Scout class is not available at all of the qualifying regional contests. Students must not only have won their regional competitions with their designed and built ROV, at the international competition they must also complete the underwater missions, submit a written technical report, give a presentation and display a poster.

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continued from page 16 will continue to reach out to interested schools, and, hopefully, visit them with our program. NASA has also proposed that we participate in a Digital Learning Network, which will allow us to present information remotely via a webcast, and this is a goal for our future. In addition to helping younger students, the section hopes to assist its own members by organizing several field trips to oceanographic agencies located at Stennis (NOAA, Naval Oceanographic Command, Naval Research Lab, NASA, USGS, etc.), where we can see the applied sciences at work and network with the professional work force.” n


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The competition is open to middle school (grades 5-8), high school (grades 9-12), community and technical college, and fouryear university students, as well as home-schooled students of comparable grade levels. Elementary school (grades K-4) students are eligible to participate, but only in the Scout class. Graduate students are not eligible to compete as student team members, but are welcome to serve as team mentors or lead instructors. Starting with the 2011 competition, all teams participating in the Ranger class are required to take part in a regional event. International teams competing in the Ranger class that are not near a regional event must participate in a demonstration requirement similar to that required of the Explorer class. In 2011, the MATE Center is supporting and helping to organize 20 regional contests in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Scotland and Japan. Various MTS sections are heavily involved in sponsoring or mentoring regional contests. A complete list of regional contests and detailed competition rules are available at www.materover.org/main. n

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Correction: The correct size of the U.S. EEZ is 8.8 million square kilometers, or 3.4 million square miles.

By Montserrat Gorina-Ysern, Ph.D. Chair, Marine Law and Policy Committee


Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) is on everyone’s lips, but what is it?

The U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone encloses about 4.4 square kilometers of increasingly crowded space because of users (offshore wind farms, fishing, shipping, oil and gas exploration, coastal aquaculture, marine science and operational oceanography, conservation of habitats, agricultural runoff, etc.). A key priority of the Stratton Commission, Pew Oceans Commission, U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, and NOAA has been to integrate legal, regulatory and governance roles for 21 U.S. agencies in these spaces. Drawing also on recommendations from the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative and White House Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force Final Recommendations, the White House issued Presidential Executive Order 13547 on July 19, 2010, titled “Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes.” The order addresses concerns expressed by the ocean industries, establishes a zoning process to reduce conflicts among users as well as environmental impacts, as it recognizes that “[T]he ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes provide jobs, food, energy resources, ecological services, recreation, and tourism opportunities, and play critical roles in our Nation’s transportation, economy, and trade, as well as the global mobility of our Armed Forces and the maintenance of international peace and security.” The term “coastal and marine spatial planning” (CMSP) is defined as a “comprehensive, adaptive, integrated, ecosystem-based, and transparent spatial planning process, based on sound science, for analyzing current and anticipated uses of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes areas…” The National Ocean Council is tasked to certify CMSP plans drawn according to the Final Recommendations of the [bipartisan] Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. (www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/policy). The need for industry and conservationists to listen to each other was pleasantly clear at a November 18 CMSP presentation hosted by the Washington, D.C.-based Ocean Conservancy where Anna Zavian discussed the Executive Order and its important international framework (www.unesco-ioc-marinesp.be). Jessica Kondel explained NOAA’s role, and Dr. Haifeng Wang, building on a SNAME report (www.sname.org/SNAME/climatechangeMACreport), discussed cost effectiveness of ship speed reduction, one of 22 technical and operational shipping industry measures to reduce CO2 emissions currently under consideration (www.theicct.org/marine). See also Dr. Morgan Gopnik www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbhPMK0OkWM&feature=related and www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYh3Y0RlDhY&feature=related. For a free joint report by the Environmental Law Institute and the Ocean Conservancy, go to www.elistore.org/reports_detail. asp?ID=11377. n

If you have questions you’d like addressed in this column, please send them to Dr. Gorina-Ysern at [email protected].

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Ocean Community Calendar FEBRUARY 7–9 Arctic Technology Conference Houston, Texas www.arctictechnologyconference.org FEBRUARY 7–9 International LIDAR Mapping Forum New Orleans, La. www.lidarmap.org/ILMF.aspx FEBRUARY 9–13 Vancouver International Boat Show Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada vancouverboatshow.ca FEBRUARY 10–11 Using Hydroacoustics for Fisheries Assessments Seattle, Wash. www.htisonar.com/ha_short_course.htm FEBRUARY 13–18 American Society of Limnology and Oceanography’s Aquatic Sciences Meeting San Juan, Puerto Rico www.aslo.org/meetings/sanjuan2011 FEBRUARY 22–24 Underwater Intervention 2011 New Orleans, La. www.underwaterinterventioin.com FEBRUARY 22–24 Naval Defence Exhibition Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www.navdex.ae MARCH 1 Deeper Water Offshore Wind London, U.K. www.offshorewindconference.com MARCH 8–9 The Society of Maritime Industries 2011 Conference London, U.K. www.maritimeindustries.org/events/ view.jsp?id=1228

MARCH 22–23 IEEE/OES Tenth Current, Waves and Turbulence Measurement Workshop Monterey, Calif. www.cwtmc2011.org MARCH 22–24 9th International Rope Technology Workshop/2011 OIPEEC Conference Texas A&M University-College Station, Texas [email protected] MARCH 23–25 Global Energy and Mediterranean Opportunities Ravenna, Italy www.omc.it/2011/home.php?Lang=en MARCH 28–30 MCE Deepwater Development 2011 London, U.K. www.mcedd.com MARCH 29–31 Offshore Asia Singapore www.offshoreasiaevent.com MARCH 30–April 1 The Department of Homeland Security Catastrophes & Complex Systems: Transportation Washington, D.C. www.orau.gov/dhssummit APRIL 5–7 Ocean Business Southhampton, U.K. www.oceanbusiness.com APRIL 12–14 Plenary Meeting of the International Cable Protection Committee Singapore www.iscpc.org

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APRIL 13–14 TechSurge 2011 Ocean Pollution: From Technology to Management and Policy Sarasota, Fla. www.mtsociety.org/conferneces/ techsurge

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MAY 12–13 Superpile 2011 Charleston, S.C. www.dfi.org/conferences.asp MAY 31–JUNE 2 MAST 2011: Marine Systems & Technology Marseille, France www.mastconfex.com JUNE 7–9 Capitol Hill Oceans Week Washington, D.C. www.nmsfocean.org JUNE 7–9 Undersea Defence Technology-Europe London, U.K. udt-europe.com JUNE 8–10 CTBT: Science and Technology 2011 Vienna, Austria www.ctbto.org/specials/ctbt-scienceand-technology-20118-10-june-2011vienna-austria JUNE 14–16 EnergyOcean International Portland, Me. www.energyocean.com JUNE 29–30 Warship 2011: Naval Submarines and UUVs Bath, U.K. www.rina.org.uk/warship2011 JUNE 29–JULY 3 Cape to Cape: In the Hub of Marine Education Northeastern University Boston, Mass. www.nmeaweb.org SEPTEMBER 19–22 OCEANS’11 MTS/IEEE KONA Kona, Hawaii www.oceans11mtsieeekona.org SEPTEMBER 20–22 RETECH 2011 3rd Annual Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition Washington, D.C. www.retech2011.com

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