FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeanne Kouhestani
Area mariners soon will be able to update their nautical charts of the approaches to New Haven, Conn., the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said today. The NOAA ship Rude (pronounced Roodee) is currently surveying the approaches to the harbor to identify the location of boulders, wrecks and other hazards to navigation absent from current charts, and has already discovered four uncharted wrecks.
Rude will host an open house on Thursday, October 19, 11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m., at the Long Wharf Pier to show the public a preliminary sounding plot and digital terrain map of the surveyed area.
At the request of the Northeast Marine
Pilots Association, the 90-foot survey vessel is using highly
sophisticated sonar systems to chart the approaches to New
Haven. Rude's three types of sonar vertical, side
scan, and multi-beam not only locate and determine least
depths, but also identify contacts on the sea floor by producing
picture-like images. Rude is also checking charted soundings
and features within the survey area to make sure they are depicted
correctly on the chart.
Conducting these hydrographic surveys will enable safe navigation for container ships, cruise ships, and large tankers frequenting the harbor that draw up to 45 feet. Rude's work is vital to the protection of the shorelines from contamination as well as to the economy of various fisheries where pollution from any grounding source would adversely affect the fisheries of nearby communities.
As part of the NOAA
fleet of research ships and aircraft, Rude is operated
and managed by the Office
of Marine and Aviation Operations, composed of civilians
and commissioned officers. The
NOAA Corps is a uniformed service of the United States, composed
of officers all scientists or engineers who provide
NOAA with an important blend of operational, management and technical
skills that support the agency's programs at sea, in the air,
and ashore. Rude is homeported
in Norfolk, Va., and commanded by Lt. Cmdr. James Verlaque,