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BSEE's Ohmsett Facility Receives $4 Million for Infrastructure Resiliency Improvements

New Jersey Based National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility One-of-a-Kind in U.S.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will receive $4 million for infrastructure improvements as part of the $162 million investment strategy announced by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to protect Atlantic Coast communities from future, powerful storms

The funds allocated to BSEE will provide for infrastructure resiliency improvements at the bureau's national oil spill response research and renewable energy test facility, Ohmsett, that is located at Naval Weapons Station Earl in Leonardo, N.J. After Hurricane Sandy, BSEE quickly worked to complete a thorough damage assessment of the facility and complete necessary repairs in order to return Ohmsett to operational status. This project at Ohmsett will make improvements to the facility by providing additional protection against future storms and help to maintain the resiliency of the surrounding land. The Ohmsett facility includes the nation's largest saltwater tank used for testing oil removal technologies, providing unique research and applied training capabilities.

"Hurricane Sandy had a direct impact on Ohmsett, damaging the facility and delaying important oil spill response research and testing," said BSEE Director Brian Salerno. "This additional funding will allow us to complete further enhancements at Ohmsett, providing for storm resistant design improvements to protect both this unique facility and the surrounding lands while ensuring that there is minimal impact to the vital work that is accomplished each day at Ohmsett."

The funding announced will go towards mitigation measures to prevent or reduce wind and water impacts from future storms. The funding will cover important improvements such as elevating electrical and other equipment above potential storm surge levels, installing shutters to prevent building and tank damage, and installing barriers to prevent debris impacts to facility piping and other exposed infrastructure subject to damage from a severe storm event.

BSEE is the principal federal agency funding offshore oil spill response research, and Ohmsett is a key part of the bureau's Oil Spill Response Research Program. Many of today's commercially available oil spill cleanup products have been tested at Ohmsett and a considerable body of performance data and information on mechanical response equipment has been obtained there. This information is used by response planners in reviewing and approving facility response and contingency plans.

Ohmsett is also the premier training site for oil spill response personnel. Government agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard and the Navy as well as private industry and oil spill response organizations from around the world train their emergency response personnel with real oil and their own equipment. Some of the recent testing activities have included a month long series of tests examining oil recovery in ice conditions, subsea dispersent research, skimmer testing, and other oil spill response and coordination training. More than twenty-four countries have conducted tests or training at the Ohmsett facility.


For a complete list of research conducted at Ohmsett or to review testing and training schedules, please visit: http://www.ohmsett.com/.

New Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences Creates Vision for Scripps Oceanography

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. Scripps operates robotic networks and one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.

On Oct. 1, UC San Diego welcomed Margaret Leinen as vice chancellor for Marine Sciences, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and dean of the School of Marine Sciences. Leinen is a highly distinguished, award-winning oceanographer and an accomplished executive with extensive national and international experience in ocean science, global climate and environmental issues, federal research administration, and non-profit startups.

What makes Scripps Institution of Oceanography so special to you?
Scripps Institution of Oceanography is the oldest oceanographic institution in the country. It's probably the oldest in the world. This was the first oceanographic institution to recognize the value in an organized and complete study of the oceans, including their circulation, chemistry, biology, and geology. One of the real signatures of Scripps Oceanography is its investment across the board in virtually every aspect of ocean science and in the relationship between the oceans, atmosphere, land and solid earth, as well as between the oceans and human health. Our oceanographic challenges today are very complex and multifaceted. It is really important that Scripps Oceanography is part of one of the foremost universities in the world, UC San Diego. That means that all of us at Scripps Oceanography have as partners phenomenal faculty—in engineering, business, the arts, social sciences, information technology, biology, and every other form of science—to call on to assist us in addressing those big challenges.


How will the major environmental challenges facing the planet be met?
Being able to engineer new equipment, new technology, new concepts, and new ways of processing information, and being able to apply the tools of the revolution that's going on in biology to our study of the oceans and the organisms that live in the oceans is absolutely essential. Whether they are physical tools or whether they're conceptual tools, they are important to our challenge. We also need to be able to understand that sense of place that includes our relationship to each other, to our community, to our location, to the oceans, to the planet. You can't get at it by looking at a single perspective. UC San Diego and Scripps Oceanography are an incredibly powerful alliance to do that. I think it's enormously exciting and it's a real privilege to be able to be part of that effort.


What drew you to Scripps Oceanography?
What appealed to me most about joining Scripps Oceanography is the ability to help people look at any part of the ocean, whether that's a geographic part of the ocean, whether it's a part of the interaction of the ocean with the rest of the planet, or whether it's a part of the interaction of the ocean with us in society. To be part of an organization that has the capability to look at these complete systems was enormously attractive.

Navis to Cooperate with Aker Arctic On Dynamic Positioning Systems for Icebreakers and Ice-Class Vessels

Navis Engineering Oy and Aker Arctic Technology Inc have signed a scientific and technical co-operation agreement coveringthe joint development of technology for dynamic positioning (DP) systems for icebreakers and ice-class vessels.The agreement was signed in St Petersburg during NEVA 2013 at the end of September.

Dynamic positioning systems manufactured by Navis Engineering have been installed on a number of icebreakers and ice-class vessels in recent years, including the Polar supply and research icebreaker SA Agulhas II, the Canadian Coast Guard Scientific icebreaker Amundsen and theSovcomflot-owned multifunctional icebreaking supply vessels Vitus Bering and Aleksey Chirikov, operating for Exxon Neftegaz Ltd in Sakhalin waters in Russia. 

Aker Arctic has created innovative ship concepts such as the Aker Arctic DASTM supply icebreakers SCF Sakhalin and the Aframax tankers Tempera and Mastera. The company is also currently involved in developing new logistic systems for Arctic areas for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and Arctic mining. New propulsion solutions have also been introduced, including the Multi-Screw-DAS™ concept which, for the first time, has been installed on the Finnish Border Guard’s new offshore patrol vessel.

Aker Arctic is currently designing new Polar icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard and a Polar research icebreaker for the Chinese Polar Research Institute as well as the next generation icebreaker for the Government of Finland.

Navis Engineering Oy and Aker Arctic Technology Inc believe that DP applications will be needed in ice-covered waters in the longer term and the partnership is looking to prepare industry for upcoming demand. The aim is to improve the capabilities of DP systems in ice operation, taking into account energy efficiency and safety solutions. 

Eni Norge Opens New Operations Center in Hammerfest

Eni Norge has opened its new operations center in Hammerfest – an event which marks a further expansion of the company's activities in northern Norway

Eni Norge consolidates its position in the Barents Sea:

"Strategically, northern Norway and the Barents Sea are key areas for Eni Norge", says Managing Director Andrea Forzoni. "We have been active here since the beginning of the 1990s, and we will continue to increase our efforts in the future, both offshore and subsequently in connection with activities onshore" he says.

Forzoni believes strongly that new oil and gas discoveries will be made in the Barents Sea, and that the establishment of an operations center in Hammerfest is crucial if Eni Norge is to get to grips with the industrial growth anticipated in the region.
Goliat is the beginning
Goliat is planned to come on stream next year, and will be the first oil field in the Norwegian Barents Sea to be put into production. This is the field which the 60 or so Eni Norge personnel in Hammerfest will be managing in the years ahead. The organization will also assume responsibility for future field developments in the area. The new office building has room for 120 personnel.

"We have strict requirements when it comes to safe and efficient operations", says Forzoni. "This is why the entire Goliat project has its technical systems tailor-made and adapted to Arctic conditions. In the light of this, the new operations center will enable the consolidation of expertise and a strengthening of specialist centers both in Hammerfest and the region as a whole", he says.

Strong portfolio in the Barents Sea

As well as Goliat, Eni Norge is a stakeholder in 17 licenses in the Barents Sea, and operator in ten. For example, the company has a 30 per cent stake in the Johan Castberg field and is among those oil companies investing most heavily in northern Norway.
"With Goliat and Johan Castberg in our portfolio, Eni Norge now expects to be active in the Barents Sea for several decades", says Forzoni. "The new operations center in Hammerfest guarantees us a firm foothold at an early phase in this highly promising oil and gas region", he says.

Teledyne Blueview U Field Operator Training

Aberdeen, Scotland October 8-10, 2013

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, December 10-12, 2013

What?

Teledyne BlueView U is a comprehensive 3-day hands-on training and education course that provides:

Basic sonar theory

Practical hands-on exercises

Teledyne BlueView operational best practices

The 3-day course blends in-classroom tutorial sessions, in-water demonstrations, and hands-on exercises. At the end of the day attendees will complete a test covering the day’s proceedings. Attendees must pass the tests to become Teledyne BlueView Certified Operators.

Why?

Teledyne BlueView Factory Certified Training provides valuable insights into best practices and operational nuances to enable faster, more efficient use of Teledyne BlueView equipment and get training on the latest application practices to enable:

Improved results

Lower project costs

Better information for your clients

Win new projects with expanded capabilities

Who?

Open to existing, new, and potential Teledyne BlueView equipment users. This course covers:

2D Multibeam Imaging Sonar

3D Multibeam Scanners

Teledyne BlueView recommends that field technicians, ROV operators, project managers, engineers, surveyors, operations managers, inspection engineers, commercial dive operations managers, and underwater maintenance technicians attend this training to ensure smooth operation when using Teledyne BlueView systems.

How?

Aberdeen, Scotland, UK - October 8-10
Cost: £600 GBP with a 10% discount for 2 or more people.

Daytona Beach, FL - December 10-12
Cost: $995 USD with a 10% discount for 2 or more people.

Aberdeen, Scotland
 - To register for the 2013 Teledyne BlueView U Factory Certified Training Course, email Sales Manager Europe Ed Cheesman at ed.cheesman@teledyne.com, or call +44 7920 870170, M-F, 8am – 5pm BST.

Daytona Beach, USA
 - To register for the 2013 Teledyne BlueView U Factory Certified Training Course at Daytona Beach, email Training Coordinator Brian Berna at bberna@teledyne.com, or call Teledyne BlueView: +1 303-949-2360, M-F, 8 am to 4 pm MST.

BOEM Announces $2 Million in Awards to the University of Florida and the Navy for Hurricane Sandy Environmental Monitoring Along the Southeast Coast

Studies aid in planning for future replenishment projects using offshore sand resources

As part of President Obama's continuing commitment to help coastal communities recover from Hurricane Sandy, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has signed two agreements that together total $2 million for broad-scale environmental monitoring within offshore areas along Cape Canaveral (Brevard County), Fla. These areas have been identified to provide sand resources for areas damaged by last year's superstorm. The University of Florida has been awarded $1.5 million, and will contribute a match of $500,000 for the study titled "Ecological Function and Recovery of Biological Communities within Dredged Ridge-Swale Habitats and in the South-Atlantic Bight."

Photo (BOEM): Typical pipe bringing dredged sand from the OCS to the beach.

 Additionally, BOEM has awarded the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I., $500,000 through an interagency agreement for the study "Natural Habitat Associations and the Effects of Dredging on Fish at the Canaveral Shoals, East-central Florida."

"These studies are significant steps toward better understanding how marine life responds to and recovers from dredging," said BOEM Director Tommy P. Beaudreau. "This information will add to a growing body of knowledge being collected as a foundation for future decision-making related to coastal resilience and restoration."

Dredging operations for the Sandy-related coastal restoration project are expected to take place from October 2013 to February 2014 within the BOEM sand borrow area Canaveral Shoals II, which is offshore Cape Canaveral.

The studies mark the first major action using part of the $11.7 million allocated to BOEM through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, which BOEM announced in May. Combined, the research will increase our understanding of how offshore fish communities and benthic organisms that live on or near the sea floor use offshore ridge and sand bodies.

Both studies will examine the effects of dredging, with the Navy's work focusing on fish usage and the university focusing on all other aspects of habitat usage and alteration. The results of the monitoring studies will be utilized to help identify measures that may mitigate and reduce the impacts of future dredging activities. The project period is approximately two years.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, will complete the project design and execution. BOEM scientists will be substantially involved in the design of the research, and participate in field work, data collection and processing, and the writing of any peer-reviewed papers stemming from this study monitoring the use of this borrow area. 
 
BOEM and the University of Florida are members of the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) network, a national consortium of federal agencies, tribes, academic institutions, state and local governments, nongovernmental conservation organizations, and other partners who conduct collaborative and interdisciplinary applied projects to address natural and cultural heritage resource issues at multiple scales, including at the ecosystem level. The University of Florida belongs to the Piedmont-South Atlantic unit, or chapter, one of 17 CESUs around the country.

Since Hurricane Sandy struck, BOEM has been working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, other members of the Federal government's Hurricane Sandy Task Force, state geological surveys and other entities to analyze the needs for coastal restoration and to develop restoration plans.

BOEM has the authority to convey, on a noncompetitive basis, the rights to resources for shore, beach or wetland restoration projects, or for use in construction projects funded in whole or part, or authorized by the federal government. In exercising this authority, BOEM may issue a negotiated non-competitive lease agreement for the use of OCS sand to a qualifying entity.

Over the past 20 years, BOEM has invested more than $30 million to identify non-energy resources on the OCS, conduct world-class scientific research, and lease OCS resources to coastal communities in need. Information from environmental research and resource identification has informed environmental assessment and leasing decisions concerning the use of OCS sand resources in beach nourishment and coastal restoration. For more information on BOEM's Marine Minerals Program,
visit: http://www.boem.gov/ MarineMineralsProgram.

Marine Research Application Puts the Reef Fish of the East Indies at Your Fingertips

Released on October 10, the innovative 'Reef Fishes Of The East Indies' App brings every known reef fish species in the East Indies to the masses - increasing value for the regions' vast biodiversity.

Conservation International (CI) has announced the release of the "Reef Fishes of The East Indies" App, a digital guide to every known reef fish species in the most biodiverse region on the planet, based on the book of the same name.

Co-author, Mark Erdmann CI's senior advisor to the Indonesian Marine Program said, "Sharing this knowledge brings greater value to the biodiversity present here and we hope this will increase motivation and momentum for its conservation to ensure that these species and their delicate ecosystems remain in balance. Maintaining this natural capital is key to the region's important tourism industry, and other ecosystem services the ocean provides the people."

The comprehensive information contained in this guide, includes over 2,500 reef fishes of which 25 species are new to science. It summarizes 60 years of research and exploration and brings greater understanding and valuation of the immense biodiversity of reef fish in the East Indies. The authors, scientists Mark Erdmann and Gerry Allen, have spent much of their lives at sea discovering, studying and conserving some of the most rare and beautiful fish in the world. The proceeds of this CI produced app will support CI Indonesia's marine conservation program.

Designed for iPad and Kindle Fire, REEF FISHES OF THE EAST INDIES doesn't "stream" content, so you can be used out at sea, with no internet connection required. The app contains many useful and interactive features including search, note-taking and drawing features, detailed entries for each species, and photo-sharing by email and social media. It is available for purchase in the Apple store and volumes 1 and 2 are $17.99 USD each, and Volume 3 is free.

Photo: Authors at work photographing a new species in Cendrawasih Bay. © Jones/Shimlock. Secret Sea Visions

 "This is the perfect digital guide for divers and nature lovers to use in the office, school, home or out on the open sea," Erdman said. "We had originally simply created a book, but later thought it would be great to produce an app to bring this information to the masses in an easy to access, transportable format."


The coverage area of the app includes the Coral Triangle (including Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands) which alone boasts 37% of the world's coral reef fish species - more than anywhere else on the planet, as well as the South China Sea (including Brunei Darussalam to Vietnam and Singapore), the Andaman Sea (including Thailand, Myanmar, and the Andaman Islands of India) and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. It covers all shallow-water (0-75m) reef-associated fish species known from the region, including both obligate reef dwellers and those that are commonly observed passing through reef areas or in the soft bottom areas just adjacent to reefs.

From the majestic manta ray (Manta birostris) to the gorgeous, jewel-like mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus), with 2,655 species in over 3,000 Retina Display/High Definition photos, the sheer quantity of content is split between three volumes for iPad that link together seamlessly, so you can move instantly between one volume and another. Organized by Classification, Family, and Species, the app will be regularly updated to keep up with the scientists' new discoveries. And Erdmann and Allen are busy discovering new species with astonishing frequency. Their team most recently found a new species of "walking" Bamboo Shark (Hemiscyllium halmahera) in the waters off the Maluku Islands, Indonesia.

Stunning photographs and App screenshots available for download at: http://goo.gl/6Ny5vc

To purchase: http://reef-fishes.com/ Proceeds will support CI Indonesia's marine conservation program.

About Conservation International (CI) – Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature and its global biodiversity to promote the long-term well-being of people. Founded in 1987 and marking its 25th anniversary in 2012, CI is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. CI employs 900 staff in nearly 30 countries on four continents and works with more than 1,000 partners around the world. For more information, please see www.conservation.org

CHOIRS: Characterization of Hazardous Ocean Ice Using RADARSAT and the Ice Profiler™

There is an increasing need for fine scale detection and characterization of hazardous ice conditions in the Arctic. ASL Environmental Sciences Inc. has recently received funding from the Canadian Space Agency to address this need under the Earth Observation Applications Development Program.

The project will develop improved techniques, tools and data products that will enhance the detection and characterization of hazardous ice conditions at fine scales, based on advanced beam modes of RADARSAT-2, and the unique capabilities of moored, upward looking sonar technology.

 

ASL's Ice Profiler™ along with Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers will provide validation data and opportunities for improvement in the analysis and interpretation of the SAR imagery. In effect, this project will combine the view of the ice canopy from below (Ice Profiler™) with the view from above (RADARSAT-2 high resolution quad-polarized data), and generate enhanced ice information products. Using simulated data for Radarsat Constellation Mission compact polarimetry beam mode, the operational utility of such products will also be assessed.

 

The Canadian Ice Service of Environment Canada and the Ice Engineering Group of the National Research Council are the participating Government End-users, where they will also represent other users of their products and services. This project will run between June 2013 and March
2015.

Tritech Gemini Assists Reef Subsea Dredging and Excavation Operations

Tritech's latest product in the Gemini Multibeam range, the Gemini Narrow Beam Imager (NBI), has been proven to provide invaluable data when working in extremely limited visibility conditions.

The Gemini (NBI) provides operators with real-time high-speed acoustic images from a narrow vertical beam covering a 130° swath. Operating at 620kHz the NBI provides imagery at a 10mm range resolution and with a 0.5° horizontal angular resolution delivers sharp sonar imagery.

Photo: Reef Subsea excavation tool, image courtesy of Reef Subsea Dredging & Excavation

A field-proven technology, the Gemini NBI was successfully used by Reef Subsea to monitor the trenched installation of 6-inch and 2-inch cables, while using controlled flow excavation techniques. The seabed conditions around the site varied considerably however even where there was high turbidity Reef was able to clearly monitor the cables using the Gemini NBI.

With the increasing level of cables being laid in shallow water, where turbidity can be at its worst, the Gemini NBI has proven to be highly effective at visualising targets that are typically hidden from view to conventional multibeam sonars.

Robbie Fraser, from Reef Subsea Dredging & Excavation, comments:
"We have been actively looking for the latest high performance sonar to help us track cables and found the Gemini NBI more than capable. Using the Gemini NBI we were able to safely monitor the excavation process and offer our client the assurance required that we were meeting the stated trenching depth. This latest generation multibeam from Tritech has all the traits of Tritech products, proving it to be robust and capable of providing crisp imagery in a very harsh environment allowing my team to view the operation in the murky, dense waters without any downtime."

Tritech is now a Moog Inc. company, a worldwide designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision control components and systems.

New Industries Passes 1,000,000 Man-hours Without a Lost Time Accident

New Industries, Inc., has achieved the major safety milestone of 1 million man-hours without a lost-time accident. "This is a tremendous accomplishment for our company, and I am proud of our employees' dedication to working safely," stated Bill New, New Industries' President. "This achievement is especially significant as we have nearly doubled our headcount during the last three and one half years. It is a tribute to our safety committee, front-line supervision, and indeed every member of our team that we have been able to sustain our safety culture while incorporating so many new employees."

"This is a huge safety accomplishment but not our first recognition for safety," HS&E Manager, Cody Rink added. "New Industries, Inc. has been honored with the Safety Award of Achievement by the Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association in three of the last four years." This award is given to companies that achieve a 10% or more reduction in the rate of the OSHA Total Recordable Incidents compared to their average rate for the previous three years.

Founded in 1986, New Industries, Inc. is a Morgan City, Louisiana based specialty steel fabricator serving the offshore oil and gas and marine industries. The company specializes in large diameter ASME pressure vessels; subsea production hardware such as suction piles, jumpers, PLETs, PLEMs, and manifolds; and DNV type-approved portable buildings including blast resistant design and pressurization for hazardous locations. For more information on New Industries, Inc., please visit the company website www.newindustries.com or call 985-385-6789.

The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association is a trade association whose member companies fabricate steel tanks, steel water pipe, and steel pressure vessels for use in the water, petroleum, food, and chemical processing industries. The organization will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016.

Marine Teknikk AS to Design Subsea Support & Construction Vessel for Oceaneering

Marin Teknikk AS has entered into a contract with BAE Systems, for delivery of design & engineering of a Subsea Support & Construction Vessel to Oceaneering International Inc. The vessel is to be built by BAE Systems Ship Repair in Alabama, USA, and will be ready for delivery by the end of the first quarter of 2016. The vessel will be U.S. flagged and documented with a coastwise endorsement by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The vessel will be used to augment Oceaneering's ability to provide subsea intervention services in the ultra-deep waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM). These services are required to perform inspection, maintenance, and repair (IMR) projects and hardware installations.


MT6022 MSSCV is an advanced Subsea Support & Construction Vessel developed for demanding operations worldwide. The vessel will have a length of 107 meters and a breadth of 22 meters, accommodation for 110 persons, a 250 T offshore crane, in addition to arrangement for 2 WROV's (unmanned submarines) for operations down to 4000 meters depth.

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