STARC & ESU

Ship-based Science Technical Support in the Arctic (STARC)

Funded by the National Science Foundation, STARC is a collaboration between the Shipboard Technical Support (STS) department at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) and the Marine Technician Group (MTG) at Oregon State University (OSU). Both OSU/MTG and SIO/STS have a long history of providing comparable support on research ships in the U.S. academic fleet.

The mission of STARC is to plan, coordinate and deliver science technical support onboard research ships in the Arctic. Since the majority of NSF funded shipboard research in the Arctic occurs on board the USCG icebreakers HEALY and POLAR STAR, STARC coordinates with NSF, USCG and the US academic community to provide for the operation, maintenance and upgrade of science equipment installed on these two ships.

The main contact for STARC is Woody Sutherland at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  He can be reached at (858) 534-4425 or email wosutherland@ucsd.edu

Access the web-based ELOG program used on the Healy to track equipment status.
 

Electronic Support Unit (ESU)

This group provides support for IT systems on board the ice breakers: Science computer network, computer and network integration, ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship science communications (email, data transfer and voice), science data logging.

The main contact for ESU is Dave Cohoe. He can be reached (206) 217-6552 or email Dave.Cohoe@uscg.mil

Current Science Infrastructure Projects

Plans and current statuses of science infrastructure projects.

Computer Lab Renovation

STARC's plans to renovate the Computer Lab on the Healy in accordance with the original ECR submitted for the project

  1. Dec 2011 - PDF with current SOW
  2. Jan 2012 - SOW attached to a TCTO

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TSG/pCO2 System Relocation

STARC's plans to install the Thermosalinograph, relocate the pCO2 equipment, and to provide a testing station in the port side main deck passageway.

  1. Oct 2011 - PDF with current design
  2. Jan 2012 - Final TSG spec PDF
  3. Jul 2012 - Ripout and installation drawings are complete and have been forwarded to SFLC for final approval. A placeholder in the 2013 Drydock plan was submitted by the Engineer on the Healy to ensure the work would be done in the shipyard.

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Winch Display Upgrade

In response to the changes in UNOLS Rope and Cable Safe Working Load Standards, specifically Appendix A, Measurement Technology NW proposes to support US Coast Guard’s fleet of research vessel ships with standardizing and upgrading the winch monitoring equipment to meet these specific safety standards.

  1. Nov 2010 - PDF with MTNW proposal
  2. Jan 2012 - Project in final stages of approval process with SFLC
  3. Jul 2012 - Ripout and installation drawings are complete and have been forwarded to SFLC for final approval. A placeholder in the 2013 Drydock plan was submitted by the Engineer on the Healy to ensure the work would be done in the shipyard.
  4. Oct 2013 - MTNW will be back to work on the system during the week of 26 Nov 2012.

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Future Lab Renovation

Plans for renovation of the future lab on the Healy

  1. Nov 2011 - PDF with proposal
  2. Jan 2012 - TCTO for Future Lab
  3. Aug 2012 - Modificatons to the Future Lab are complete

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ADCP System

Plans to move ADCP from port side and MICA Stores to the starboard side

  1. Jan 2012 - PDF with proposal
  2. Jan 2012 - Proposed relocation work approved by SFLC and ship's crew will begin the welding and electrical work while the ship is at sea.
  3. Jul 2012 - The new 19" rack has been welded in place and the ADCP equipment has been moved into the new rack. This location change project is now complete.

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