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Volume 9 Issue 1
May 2014

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Delaware Spotlight

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The Delaware office remains a NOAA centric office focused on Operation, Maintenance, Repair, and Management contracts for the NOAA CO-OPS PORTS networks. Presently the office has five staff members based in Dover, DE and an additional technician in Gloucester, VA.

Dames Point water level station in Jacksonville, FL installed as part of the Jacksonville PORTS network by Woods Hole Group in December 2013

Dames Point water level station in Jacksonville, FL
installed as part of the Jacksonville PORTS network
by Woods Hole Group in December 2013

Woods Hole Group Delaware personnel continue to perform operations and maintenance activities for the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware River and Bay, New York/New Jersey Harbor, and Pascagoula PORTS networks, and support Woods Hole Group Falmouth on the Narragansett Bay and New Haven PORTS system. Woods Hole Group Delaware staff continue to provide NOAA with unparalleled service for their PORTS system providing both routine and annual maintenance, along with major repairs for the majority of the NOAA PORTS stations along the East Coast of the U.S. Woods Hole Group recently hired two new marine technicians based in the Delaware office. Mike McGinley (Ph.D. in Marine Biosciences) started in September 2013 and Zac Dukenfield started in January 2014. Woods Hole Group will pursue new opportunities to expand the number of NOAA PORTS-related contracts along the East Coast of the US and along the Gulf Coast over the next year.

Blount Island Command Visibility and Meteorological station installed as part of the Jacksonville PORTS network by Woods Hole Group in November 2013

Blount Island Command Visibility and
Meteorological station installed as part of
the Jacksonville PORTS network
by Woods Hole Group in November 2013

In April of 2013, Woods Hole Group won the contract for installation and three years of operation and maintenance for a new NOAA PORTS network to be installed in Jacksonville, Florida along a 100 mile stretch of the St. Johns River. The project is funded directly by the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange (JMTX), and has a partnership with NOAA to QA/QC and host the data on their NOAA PORTS website. The Jacksonville PORTS network is the second largest behind the Chesapeake Bay PORTS network consisting of eighteen stations along the St. Johns River, including six water level stations with associated sensors, three visibility stations, seven current meter systems, one conductivity-only station, and one air gap station. Personnel from the Delaware, Falmouth, and Houston offices collectively installed 16 new stations for the Jacksonville PORTS network from October 2013 to April 2014. The data are presently available on the NOAA PORTS webpage. Woods Hole Group will continue with Operations and Maintenance of this PORTS network for at least the next three years. NOAA and JMTX will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Jacksonville PORTS network in downtown Jacksonville in July 2014.

Southbank Riverwalk water level station installed in downtown Jacksonville as part of the Jacksonville PORTS network by Woods Hole Group in April 2014

Southbank Riverwalk water level station installed
in downtown Jacksonville as part of the Jacksonville
PORTS network by Woods Hole Group in April 2014

In August 2013, Clinton Hare relocated to Jacksonville, FL for the installation phase and beginning of the operation and maintenance phase of the Jacksonville PORTS project. He will be returning to the Delaware office in 2014, but will continue to oversee the Jacksonville PORTS system. As part of the transition, Woods Hole Group has hired a new marine technician, Alexis Crouch, who will serve as the local operator of the Jacksonville system and will work closely with Clinton Hare to ensure the system is properly maintained. The system provides valuable data to the St. Johns River maritime community and future port stakeholders in Jacksonville. Alexis is a recent graduate of Jacksonville University and graduated with a double major in Marine Science (B.S.) and Computer Science (B.S.).

The Delaware office continues to provide support to OceanTechUSA and Sutron for long term maintenance phase of the World Meteorological Organization MARINEMET project along the Western coast of Africa. The project’s tide and weather stations were installed to improve maritime meteorology knowledge and advance tools used by the meteorological departments of coastal African countries.

During the summer of 2014, Woods Hole Group will install a new metrological station on the USCG Mariner’s Tower in Staten Island, NY. The new station is funded by the USACE NY and NY/NJ PORT Authority. The data will be hosted by NOAA as part of the New York/New Jersey Harbor PORTS system.


Submitted By:
Clinton Hare, Ph.D.
Mid Atlantic Manager/Oceanographer

Contact Information:
Woods Hole Group – Delaware
100 Carlsons Way, Suite 9
Dover, DE 19901
P: 302-734-1434

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