SoundingsCo-Founder of Compass Publications Passes
Charles W. Covey, a former resident of Culpeper, Virginia, died at Shenandoah Valley Westminster - Canterbury Retirement Community in Winchester, Virginia, on March 6, 2016 at the age of 97. In 1963, he joined as a major partner with Charles H. Bussmann (deceased 1999) to form Compass Publications, which assumed publication of two Sheffield Publishing Co. titles, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and UnderSea Technology (UST) magazines. After two years, GSE publication was suspended, and UST, along with other ocean/marine publications, became dominant. Bussmann was responsible for business development, advertising sales, finance and industry relations, while Covey was responsible for editorial, production, circulation and marketing. The UST Handbook/Directory, The Washington Letter of Oceanography and market research services were introduced. A number of hardback books were published, and UST was renamed Sea Technology. At that time, Covey accepted a position on the staff of NOAA’s Director of National Ocean Service (NOS) as a senior program analyst and technical writer. He served NOS for 11 years and was the recipient of numerous awards and citations for outstanding performance. Following retirement, he continued as a consultant to Compass Publications for 15 years from his home in Culpeper. Covey was a founding member of the Marine Technology Society and a fellow and senior member of the Instrument Society of America. He received the Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Award and was listed in “Who’s Who in America”. Covey was a native of Middlesboro, Kentucky, near Cumberland Gap, and he graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, in 1940 with a degree in chemistry and physics. He was inducted into the university’s Professional Hall of Fame in 1996. Covey was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Mary Ruth Covey, and his son, Charles C. Covey. He is survived by his daughter, Catherine Maffett, and her husband, Wayne Maffett, of Hedgesville, West Virginia; granddaughter, Sharyl Covey of Ashburn, Virginia; grandson, David Covey, and his wife, Kristine Covey, of Alexandria, Virginia; and brother, Gilbert Covey, of Tampa, Florida.
German World War II Warship Found
The Rio de Janeiro, the only German ship to be sunk by the Polish during World War II, was discovered by Deep Trekker’s 150-m-depth-rated mini-ROV after a six-year-long search. The 122-m-long ship was originally a vessel line for passengers and cargo but was used by German forces to transport troops during World War II. The ship left Stettin, Germany, on April 6, 1940 as the German military began the execution of Operation Weserubung involving the invasion of Norway and Denmark. The ship never made it to its destination, resulting in 200 deaths with approximately 180 survivors.
Three new acquisitions have been announced. V.Group has acquired Bibby Ship Management, which services all types of vessels, particularly offshore vessels, and provides extensive crew management solutions, technical support services, marine travel, marine surveying, training and recruitment services. Trelleborg has acquired Loggers Rubbertechniek B.V., which operates in Dordrecht, Netherlands, and designs and develops solutions that minimize noise and dampen vibration and shock, mainly for onboard ship systems. Digital Marine Solutions has signed a purchase agreement to acquire the marine division of Jeppesen, which will see the former Jeppesen Marine operate as a separate entity with its own dedicated resources and trade under the C-MAP brand name. Jeppesen will remain part of The Boeing Company.
Arctic Research Collaboration Moves Forward
The leading international Arctic research organizations have set common scientific objectives for the coming decade, under the auspices of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and with input from the indigenous peoples of the Arctic. The first priority is to explore the role of the Arctic within the global climate, economic and geopolitical systems. Second, the research organizations plan to add better models and forecasts about future climate development in the Arctic. Third, a better understanding of the vulnerability and resilience of the Arctic environment and society is needed as a scientific basis for the sustainable development of the Arctic. In more Arctic news, the International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research (ICE-PPR), comprising defense officials and scientists from partner nations with Arctic and Antarctic interests, including the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, met in Helsinki to advance collaboration on polar research that could prove pivotal not only to scientific understandings but also international naval operations. Cooperative polar research is essential to ensuring safe maritime operations in these rapidly changing regions. ICE-PPR will allow partners to outline and coordinate respective needs and priorities. At the gathering, representatives from each nation presented an overview of ongoing polar research activities and outlined their top research priorities that could benefit from increased international science and technology collaboration.
AAE Technologies Group Established
A group of companies has been established, operating under the guidance of AAE Technologies Ltd. (AAET) and comprising three separate companies: Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd. (AAE), Ensign Subsea Systems Ltd. (ESS) and Modulus Technology Ltd. AAE will continue to operate in its current guise, designing and building subsea acoustic products and systems for sub-bottom profiling and acoustic positioning operations. ESS is AAE’s military and defense sales subsidiary, and Modulus will act as a custom engineering arm of the group. The three companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of the AAE Technologies Group.