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December 2012 Issue

25 Years Ago
1987. An iceberg called B-9, measuring 2,450 square miles with an average thickness of 750 feet, broke away from the Ross ice shelf and drifted west in the Ross Sea. The effect was thought to alter the map of the continent. ... Fugro Consultants International B.V. merged with McClelland Engineers under the name Fugro-McClelland B.V. The new firm billed itself as the largest geosciences consulting firm in the world. ... Canada announced an oceans strategy for long-term economic development. More than $8 billion and 140,000 jobs were directly attributed at the time to the use of Canada’s oceans and their resources.

15 Years Ago
1997. The U.S. Coast Guard’s launch of its then newest icebreaker, Healy, resulted in a splash that inundated about 40 dignitaries with muddy Mississippi water and debris. A few broken bones were among the minor injuries. ... Deep Sea Systems International Inc. delivered its fourth Max Rover system to Yukon Recovery Inc. for use in commercial search and salvage operations. ... Researchers Robert Loveland and Mark Botton were studying the relationship between spawning horseshoe crabs and a fishery in Delaware Bay to track the impact of increased harvesting on the species’ ability to sustain itself.

10 Years Ago
2002. A federal court granted a request by environmental groups to block the U.S. Navy from deploying a high-intensity sonar system that scientists believed posed a threat to populations of whales, dolphins, seals and other marine mammals. ... The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology bought an ROV-Homer acoustic positioning system from Sonardyne International Ltd. to relocate research instruments deployed in the Japan Trench at 7,000 meters depth and the Marianas Trench at 12,000 meters depth. ... Marlow Ropes was contracted to design and supply polyester mooring ropes for BP’s Mad Dog truss spar. This was the first polyester permanent mooring system in the Gulf of Mexico.


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