Technology & Discovery
FAU Harbor Branch Scientists Take Part in NOAA Cruise
Several FAU Harbor Branch scientists are taking part in the Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014: From Pulley Ridge to the Florida Keys expedition, funded by NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, in partnership with NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Marine Fisheries Service's Southeast Regional Office and Gulf of Mexico Regional Collaboration Team. HBOI scientists Dr. Dennis Hanisak, John Reed and Stephanie Farrington are among the group of researchers aboard two-week cruise, which departed on August 15. The project is a collaborative effort between 11 universities where more than 35 scientists pool their expertise to investigate the role that the relatively healthy deep mesophotic reefs of Pulley Ridge (off the southwest coast of Florida) may play in replenishing key species of fish and other organisms in reefs downstream. Click here for the latest information on the cruise.
August 18, 2014
HBOI Marine Railway Passes Certification
The HBOI Marine Railway was recently refurbished in order to continue supporting the U.S Coast Guard by hauling their vessels for maintenance and repair. The work was funded by Centrifugal Rebabbitting Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, HBOI's partner and support contractor for railway activities. The railway, originally built to haul the Seward Johnson and other HBOI vessels, is rated to lift a maximum of 400 long tons (896,000 pounds). In order to certify the railway for Coast Guard vessels, an operational test to 125 percent of the maximum rating, or 500 long tons (1,120,000 pounds), was required. The test was accomplished by using six 21,000 gallon water tanks (pictured, above) placed on the railway and filled with water from the HBOI channel. The test was a success, certifying the railway for continued use in support of the U.S. Coast Guard here at HBOI for years to come.
August 4, 2014