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August 2012 Issue

25 Years Ago
1987. The U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office executed an agreement with NOAA to use the RV Discoverer for the Ocean Survey Program after losing the USNS Bowditch in a freak accident in Rio de Janeiro Harbor. ... The first component of the world’s then deepest oil production platform was successfully positioned 540 meters deep on the seafloor in Conoco Inc.’s Green Canyon Block 184 in the Gulf of Mexico. ... Qubit Ltd.’s TRAC IVB INS was installed and operated for Cable and Wireless (Marine) Ltd. on board the MV Cable Protector for an transatlantic undersea survey running from the U.K. to New York.

15 Years Ago
1997. University scientists on a NOAA-funded cruise discovered a species of methane ice worms on the Gulf of Mexico seafloor, about 150 miles south of New Orleans, at 1,800 feet deep using the submersible Johnson Sea Link. ... The Global Aquaculture Alliance trade association was formed to develop environmentally sensitive technology and practices to meet increased world demand for fishery products. ... The India Naval Hydrographic Office awarded a contract to SeaBeam Instruments Inc. for one deepwater and two shallow-water multibeam systems, and a multibeam operator training simulator.

10 Years Ago
2002. NOAA, the U.S. Navy and The Mariners’ Museum began recovering the Civil War-era USS Monitor’s gun turret and cannons from the wreck resting below 240 feet of water off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in the final phase of a project to recover key components before the vessel corroded beyond recognition. ... The Canadian Coast Guard installed the first fully lit marine navigation system in the world, which used a solar-powered marine light by Carmanah Technologies Inc. ... A geologist discovered the first intact pieces of oceanic mantle from Earth’s earliest period, the Archean, which may have held clues as to when life developed on the planet.


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