Sea Technology

MAY 2013

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1979 - 1982 As Sea Technology magazine celebrates its 50th year, we take a look back at major events in the oceanographic industry and the world. 1979 Final arrangements were expected in May for the creation of Inmarsat, the international maritime satellite communications system. Margaret Thatcher became on May 4 England's frst woman to serve as prime minister. The annual National Ocean Industries Association Safety in Seas Award, sponsored by Compass Publications, publishers of Sea Technology, was presented to Geophysical Service Inc. of Dallas, Texas, for its innovative feetwide safety program. In a Sea Technology readership poll, 58 percent of respondents felt that the government should establish a White House-level ocean policy body for confict resolution. (Photo credit: RAdm. J. Edward Snyder, oceanographer of the U.S. Navy, retired and was succeeded by RAdm. Ross N. Williams. U.S. Sen. Lowell Weicker Jr. (R-Conn.) wrote an article for Sea Technology entitled: "Restore the Oceanic 'Exploratory Spirit.'" (Photo Credit: United State Congress) • Carl H. Savit - Compass Distinguished Achievement Award • Shell Oil Co. - Compass Industrial Award BIRNS Inc. developed the BlackBIRN self-contained underwater magnetic particle inspection system, the frst of its kind to allow a single diver to detect oil leaks and cracks or weld defects in underwater steel structures. 1980 U.S. President Jimmy Carter proposed on January 20 a U.S. boycott of the Summer Olympics that was to take place in Moscow, Russia, and suggested also that the event be moved, postponed or cancelled if the Soviet Union did not withdraw troops from Afghanistan in a month. A record diving depth of 650 meters was reached March 14 at the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. The launching of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was attended by 25,000 people. (Photo Credit: U.S. Navy) Willard Bascom, director of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, became the frst oceanographer to receive the Explorers Club medal. (Photo Credit: Air and Space Museum) The U.S. 1978 catch of fsh increased by 13.8 percent over 1977, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome. Fisherman landed 3,511,719 metric tons of fsh and shellfsh. (Photo Credit: NOAA) 54 st / May 2013

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