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Ship Time Request System 

The UNOLS Organization finalized the Ship Time Request System in 2006-07, renewing the process for scientists to request specific research facilities and instrumentation. It has smoothed the Ship Scheduling process for vessel operators, funding agencies and users. Click here to access the STR System.

Explorer of the Seas Automation Project

The University of Miami has worked with the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas cruise liner since October 2000. With changes in science funding, a new type of instrumentation has been integrated in order to continually monitor the ocean on this ship of opportunity. With a weekly ocean track for travelers that varies between an eastern and western Caribbean vacation on a bi-weekly basis, the opportunity to monitor Sea Surface Temperature and Salinity, chlorophyll, and other chemical properties of ocean water on a continual, annual scale is immeasurable.

The Marine Technology Group has been working along with Dr. Peter Ortner, Physical Oceanographer at RSMAS to finalize the plans for installation of a virtual computer system, new state-of-the-art instrumentation and a flow-through system which collects seawater while the cruise vessel is underway. A complete new programming suite will accompany the physical components, which will require minimal maintenance.

R/V F.G. Walton Smith returns from longest time away from home

The R/V F.G. Walton-Smith has just experienced a bit of a homecoming party. Its record-breaking expedition since her commissioning in February 2000, has surpassed all others in both duration and distance. For about one week during this science mission, the crew threw her lines just across the bay from Ellis Island, a rare sight for her caretakers. Pictures of the grand Statue of Liberty are atypical from the decks of the research vessel, which mostly operates in the shallow Florida Bay and Keys, the Florida Straits, coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas.


New Marine Superintendants at both FAU/Harbor Branch and University of Miami/RSMAS

The Marine Technology Group is under new upper-level management. Both institutions served by the Group have recently had changes to the Directors of Marine Operations. The University of Miami’s new Director is Capt. Rob Chadwell who manages the operations of the R/V F.G. Walton-Smith. Capt. Rob’s resume includes support of the University of Alaska’s Research Vessel operations. 

Many changes have occurred at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution in the past year. Not only was Harbor Branch acquired by Florida Atlantic University in January of 2008, but the institution boasts a new Director of Technical Operations. William Baxley arrives to the campus with his expertise from U.S. Naval Operations. His newly designed position oversees both the former departments of Marine Operations and Ocean Engineering. These departments have been combined along with others forming the new “Center of Ocean Exploration”. Mr. Baxley has also headlined a research expedition or two himself with science funding from the Office of Naval Research.




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