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Moving Vessel Profiler To Be Upgraded On Thomas Jefferson

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Rolls-Royce Plc
: 04 August, 2010  (Application Story)
System for enabling underwater profiling from a moving vessel on board the NOAA Thomas Jefferson to be upgraded with improved sensor suite from Rolls-Royce for marine profile activities in the Gulf of Mexico
Rolls-Royce’s Naval Undersea Systems division in North America has received an order from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Marine and Aircraft Operations to upgrade their Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP) onboard the NOAA ship Thomas Jefferson.

The NOAA ship Thomas Jefferson will be provided an upgraded and expanded sensor suite which will include instruments to augment the already considerable practical viability of their MVP. This MVP upgrade will enhance the capabilities of the Thomas Jefferson in mapping and monitoring the extent of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Specifically, the MVP will be enhanced with a Multi Sensor Free Fall Fish (MSFFF) and a Cyclops-7 crude oil sensor allowing for the in situ detection of a broad range of oil concentrations.

Arnold Furlong, Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce Naval Undersea Systems said: “Rolls-Royce is honoured that the NOAA has once again chosen our leading technology in their mission support function. We are proud to assist NOAA as they play a crucial role in the critical task of aiding researchers in mapping and monitoring the extent of the oil spill.”

The undersea capabilities of the Rolls-Royce Marine business have also been leveraged in other areas. For example, a Free Fall Fish was supplied to a client on the west coast of the United States to meet a critical sailing date; an innovative retrofit and integration of a specialized fluorometer to an existing MVP user has been completed and supplied; and a user supplied hydrophone has been adapted to detect and monitor marine mammals - a completely new use for the MVP system.

The Thomas Jefferson was deployed to the Gulf of Mexico in early April to conduct surveys to update nautical charts and to baseline benthic habitats in the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary. Equipped with sophisticated echo sounding technology, the ship measures water depths and identifies submerged hazards to navigation. Operated by the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, the 208-ft. hydrographic vessel has a crew of 36 NOAA Corps officers, survey technicians and wage mariners, and is home ported in Norfolk, Virginia.
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