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NOV 2013

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NEW Improved Electronics Low Power Consumption Mini Rosette®/CTD Water Sampler 1018 M with Model 316 or 320 Idronaut CTD • Light-weight, small, compact • Allows operation from a small boat • Conducting cable or battery-powered • Programmable timed operations • Pressure activated bottle closing (optional) • Deep & shallow water models available • Optional Teflon® coated Water Sampler • CTD compatible • Flag Pulse to CTD A/D input General Oceanics Inc. 1295 N.W. 163 St., Miami, FL 33169 Tel: (305) 621-2882, Fax: (305) 621-1710 E-mail: operation success "gives us confdence that if Suomi NPP continues to perform as expected, then we can signifcantly reduce our projected risk of a gap in orbit." According to NOAA, a polar satellite data gap would result in less accurate and timely weather forecasts and warnings of extreme events, such as hurricanes, storm surges and foods. This would endanger lives, property and the nation's critical infrastructures. US Coast Guard Extends Expiration Date for Mariners' Credentials The U.S. Coast Guard announced that mariners whose credentials expire between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30 will receive an extension due to the current lapse in appropriations. Currently, the Coast Guard is unable to process all mariner credentials in time to ensure that all mariners receive their renewed credentials before their current documents expire. Under the authority of 46 United States Code 7507, the Coast Guard will be granting extensions to national endorsements until December 31, 2013. Mariners affected by this situation should visit the National Maritime Center's (NMC) website to print the letter granting this extension. Mariners should retain this letter with their credentials and have it available for Coast Guard or any other offcials who may ask to examine them. The Coast Guard will issue new credentials to mariners who must renew their credentials and are likely to sail on international routes. Mariners and industry stakeholders are encouraged to monitor the NMC website for updates. US Senate Approves US-Mexico Transboundary Agreement WORLDWIDE LEADER IN SUBSEA ACOUSTIC RELOCATION AND DIVER NAVIGATION • (949) 727-9399 50 st / November 2013 The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has approved the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Agreement, which establishes a legal framework for developing oil and natural gas reservoirs that straddle the U.S.-Mexico maritime border in the Gulf of Mexico. The two countries signed the agreement on February 20, 2012. Two months later, it was ratifed by the Mexican Senate. The Transboundary Agreement lifts the moratorium on oil and gas leasing in the Western Gap; provides legal certainty for development along the entire transboundary area; opens access to more than 1 million new acres on the Outer Continental Shelf, hundreds of millions of barrels of oil and billions of cubic feet of natural gas; and encourages the promotion of common safety and environmental standards, while ensuring that each country retains authority over activity in their respective waters. "Energy is already fowing between our two countries," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). "Mexico remains one of the top exporters of crude oil to the United States, and we are Mexico's largest supplier of petroleum products. Approval of the Transboundary Agreement will allow this relationship to continue and grow." The U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of the legislation to approve the Transboundary Agreement earlier in the year. The House version differs signifcantly from the Senate version. The Senate bill does not include the provision in the House bill that would exempt U.S. producers working on joint projects in Mexican waters from the resources extraction reporting requirement of the 1934 Securities Exchange Act. n

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