people & companies Phoenix Wins Submarine Rescue Contract Phoenix International, Inc. (Phoenix) was awarded a five- year contract to provide engineering and technical services to operate and maintain the U.S. Navy's next generation submarine rescue system. The new Submarine Rescue Diving and Recompression System (SRDRS) will replace the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicles as the Navy's premier submarine rescue capability in 2007. Phoenix personnel will work closely with the U.S. Navy and the manufacturer during a series of system tests and sea trials to obtain system acceptance and certification. Once the system is certified, Phoenix will provide a core staff on North Island in San Diego, Calif., to maintain the system in ready to deploy status at all times, as well as a surge staff to operate the system during training exercises or emergency submarine rescue operations. The SRDRS consists of three primary elements: the Assessment Underwater Work System (AUWS), the Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM), and the Surface Decompression System (SDS). AUWS is comprised of a side scan sonar system to locate a missing submarine and a one-atmosphere diving system (ADS 2000) capable of inspecting the submarine and preparing it for rescue operations. The PRM is the surface tethered vehicle that descends to and mates with the disabled submarine. It is capable of returning 16 rescuees per sortie to the surface. The PRM is nearing comwww.seadiscovery.com pletion at the Vancouver, BC facility of its developer OceanWorks International. The SDS consists of a transfer lock, two 33-man decompression chambers, and associated chamber control systems that allow the hyperbaric treatment and decompression of 66 sailors at a single time. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org Scuttlebutt scuttlebutt \SKUHT-l-\, noun: 1. A drinking fountain on a ship; often stocked with strong rum. 2. A cask on a ship that contains the day's supply of drinking water. 3. Gossip; rumor. That ensues after a few sips of the drink Marin Mätteknik Vessel Gets Upgrade The oceanographic and hydrographic research vessel M/V Franklin, owned by Marin Mätteknik AB of Sweden, was fitted with a gondola mounted EM 710 0.5 x1 multibeam echosounder delivered in January 2007. The order follows two contracts for EM 3002 dual head systems fitted to the survey vessels M/V Triad and Ping. Established in 1976, Marin Mätteknik AB is a Swedish company located in Gothenburg, specializing in high resolution bathymetry data. Deep Sea Systems International was acquired by Oceaneering International at the end of September 2006. They are now a wholly owned subsidiary and DSSI founder, Chris Nicholson remains as GM. TriTech International Ltd. was acquired by Halma in November 2006 as the first subsea technology company in their large portfolio. L-3 Ocean Systems Group (aka: Klein) opened an office in Singapore. Klein is seeking a tenant for the 30,000 sq.ft. space vacated by Oyo Corporation. Fred Squires, the first employee at Klein celebrated his 80th birthday in early January and he still works there! Please send your Scuttlebutt items to: Maggie Merrill at email@example.com BIRNS Aquamate LL Opens Sales Office The BIRNS Group opened a new sales and service center in New England. Located at The Quest Center in New Bedford, Mass., the sales office is marketing industry standard underwater electrical connectors including the Aquamate Series, FAWL/FAWM, Rubber Molded (Marsh Marine) and others. The connectors are used in various deep sea applications including seismic research, offshore oilrig support, oceanographic research, Defense operations, and environmental monitoring. The Quest Center is a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Marine Technology Reporter 49
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