The Federal Communications Commission recently issued a license to Waterway Communications System, Inc. (Watercom), Jeffersonville, Ind., for the construction and operation of an automated communications system serving the Mississippi, Ohio, and Illinois Rivers, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
Watercom was founded in 1974 by 16 companies engaged in barge and towing operations along the Mississippi River system. In 1981, American Commercial Barge Line Company (ACBL), a subsidiary of Texas Gas Transmission Corporation, p u r c h a s e d Watercom and assumed responsibility for development and construction of the system.
"For almost a decade, the industry has been awaiting this day and the potential that improved communications will bring," said J.H. Bobzien Jr., president of ACBL. "It will allow development of a premier communications system and the related benefits that will enhance the management of the waterborne transportation industry's fleets and other marine operations."
approval" for a satellite communications system from INMARSAT, the International Maritime Satellite Communications Organization. Satellite communications systems are an essential component of the Future Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (FGMDSS), an automated network providing fast response
, Inc.'s Applied Sciences Group has been contracted, on a consulting basis, to perform the engineering development of an automated Inland Waterways Communications System, which will provide automated voice and data communications s e r v i c e s along the Mississippi River and its connecting waterways
Richard A. Baker has been named president of Waterway Communications System, Inc. by its board of directors. Mr. Baker's appointment as president and chief executive officer of WATERCOM was effective April 1, 1986. Waterway Communications System, Inc., Jeffersonville, Ind., is responsible for the
acquire the assets of Navidyne Corporation of Newport News. Va. Navidyne develops, sells, services, and operates marine electronic navigation and communications systems. The firm had 1983 sales of approximately $5 million. The Newport News company will be operated as part of the Marine Systems Division of
, the RF-104 lkw Linear Power Amplifier and the RF-798 Remote Control System. The brochure also presents Harris's line of advanced HF communications systems providing customized HF computer control for onboard management, drill rig daily reporting and exploration data transfer. The equipment
nineteen 9M Interceptors to two elite military groups, the line has grown rapidly in popularity and success. For much of that journey, David Clark Communications Systems have been on board as a valued and integral partner.Chris Toller sums it up nicely when he says, “My experience with David Clark has been extremely
Tracor Applied Sciences, Inc., a subsidairy of Tracor, Inc., has received a $16-million contract from Waterway Communications System, Inc., according to an announcement by Tracor group vice president William C. Moyer. The contract covers construction and installation of a new, automated radiotelephon
Gerald A. Motta has been named vice president of operations for Waterway Communications System, Inc., by its president, Richard A. Baker. Waterway Communications System, Inc., Jeffersonville, Ind., is responsible for the development of Watercom, a new directdial telephone service for the marine indus
Talon Technology Corporation, Richardson, Texas, was organized recently to provide mobile satellite data communications systems and consulting services to the petroleum, marine, and defense industries. Lynn B. Heitman is president of the new company, whose corporate headquarters are at 1819 Firman
Representatives of Waterway Communications Systems, Inc. (Watercom®) and International Telecharge, Inc., Dallas, Texas, recently announced that a contract between the two organizations has been signed. ITI will provide Watercom telephone subscribers with operator-assisted long distance services.
N.A. Philips Communications Systems has announced an advance micropressor-controlled error correcting system that links shipboard teleprinters to the worldwide Telex network. The new unit, called STB-750, installs between the vessel's high frequency radio and the teleprinter. Using ARQ, "FEC" and
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1,700-kilometer mission autonomously collecting ? sheries thus increasing mission ef? ciency. acoustics and physical properties of the sea surface. As part Looking back 20 years, we celebrate the progress and ad- of this multi-vehicle mission under the U.K. NERC/Defra vancements made in ocean observatio
Compared with historical data collected over centuries, this year suggest seismic motion was consistent with displacement new information will help scientists better predict geologic at the full convergence rate. From the results of his missions, activity. Dr. Chadwell concluded the Wave Gliders have
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tech delivers cost savings and Waagen’s Test Center attracts A place to grow Along with the 1,100-square-meter testing and training cen- wind power entrepreneurs, ? oating or marine wind power con- ter backed by The Switch — plus researchers, equipment and tinues to grow. Since Equinor’s launch of a
At least one unnamed wind player (our guess is Equinor) has “Norwegian Catapult” or the Test Center — is hoping to pro- already signed on with Unitech. While they’ve opted for wind duce other Unitechs out of an expected stream of startups. power cables, Unitech is also in negotiations with clients for
n Europe, where offshore turbines heavily dot maritime tween wind turbines. The spooling system can also be mount- maps, there’s acknowledged room for innovation in ed as a barge. turbine construction, support shipping and subsea. In- Spooled cable is custom “spun” like yarn from a ? xed or Istallations
pling survey, mapping, hyperspectral photo work (met- of the 47th Underwater Mining Conference in Bergen last als detection), environmental monitoring, risk assessment, year — yes, the 47th — organizers noted the achievements cutting-process observation and serving as equipment mules and attendance of a
Mining for AUVs In Europe, there are sure signs that underwater mining is the next big market for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) and new “drones” called HROV, DART or TURTLE. Among the indicators is the involvement of mining companies, governments
tenance activities, these are effectively hotel boats with a lot term we want to develop the HAUV track and survey buried of redundant time. We have developed HAUV to be able to be cables autonomously. Various pipe tracking technologies are deployed and recovered from these vessels essentially replac-
survey, producing stunning images, as well as point cloud data, says Ward. “The CathX Laser system provides a very high- of both the pipeline and passing marine life (see inset with de- resolution point cloud of the pipeline and adjacent seabed. The tail of the shark’s teeth, taken at 2 knots) using a
. “However, to plug the docking it could also work within long baseline (LBL) arrays or with station into a wind farm, to access power and communications a USBL system where required, with a Sonardyne AvTrak 6, would be relatively straightforward,” says Ward, “as there’s providing a transducer
fter four years spent developing an autonomous HAUV will return to its dock on completion of the work scope underwater vehicle (AUV)/remotely operated un- and will wait to be recovered at a convenient time. “For ex- derwater vehicle (ROV) hybrid (HAUV) based on ample, if you have engaged a vessel to
Insignts Business The ? rst phase of Virtual Residency will leverage the en- the service sector. Some will respond with incremental change abling technology’s ability to achieve a correspondency ratio and some will respond with transformational propositions. similar to warehouse robotics. This results
. There are many threads of component technology which powers Aquanaut and the concept of virtual residency. These include innovations in acoustic communications, machine vi- sion, local area navigation, and wide area navigation. Thank- fully, the technological revolution we are experiencing in subsea