Volume 8 Issue 2
November 2013


Message from the President


Summer has left Cape Cod, the pleasure boats are disappearing from the harbors for another winter season, the fall leaves have turned, and the osprey have returned to South America. But at Woods Hole Group, we continue to work with our clients wherever they need our help. I look at our projects and see that they number 153 projects for this year and we have many active projects from previous years as well. Right now, we have work in Azerbaijan, Trinidad, Brazil, Sierra Leone, and here at home in the United States. We’ll be busy for a long time!

Meanwhile, this edition of the Woods Hole Group newsletter features interesting articles. Clint Hare, our Director of PORTS Operations, talks about the installation of the new Jacksonville PORTS in Florida. This very large system will be the newest addition to the NOAA PORTS, and we are doing all of the installation and maintenance for the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange (JMTX). I also have the pleasure to quote from a recent NOAA commentary on the Woods Hole Group PORTS performance in the past: “Woods Hole Group’s corporate experience with NOAA PORTS projects is OUTSTANDING. They have managed the O&M of the Narragansett Bay, New York/New Jersey, Delaware Bay, Chesapeake Bay, and Lake Charles PORTS projects for several years at reasonable costs to NOAA.” Clint and his team deserve the congratulations of their colleagues for this exemplary performance. 

Dave Szabo of our Houston operation writes about a new customizable real-time deepwater ocean monitoring system. We recently deployed the prototype of our WatchDog-1000 in the deep Gulf of Mexico in Green Canyon 82. The system is designed to operate without servicing for up to a year. Dave’s article is a nice summary of a new solution to BOEM NTL 2009-G02 requirements.

We also have interesting developments in Houston on the hiring front. We are pleased to announce the hiring of Eric Aronchick as an oceanographic technician. And just this month, Dr. Rafael Ramos joined us as a senior oceanographer based in Houston. Woods Hole Group will be at the Deepwater Operations 2013 Conference at the Moody Gardens Hotel and Convention Center on November 5 – 7, 2013 in Galveston, Texas. We will be at Booth 616 – come on by and visit.

I would like to close on a more somber note. Just over a month ago we lost one of our long-time colleagues, Bruce Andrews, who worked at Woods Hole Group as an oceanographer and met-ocean system software specialist. Bruce was a mainstay of our Oceanography and Measurement Systems (OMS) team and his loss affected us deeply. His passing was just one more reminder for us to appreciate those colleagues who help make Woods Hole Group the special company that it is.

Woods Hole Group's Bruce Andrews Memorial Buoy.
Submitted By:
Dennis Aubrey

Contact Information:
Woods Hole Group Falmouth
81 Technology Park Drive
East falmouth, MA 02536
P: 508-540-8080


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