Ocean Institute: Marriage At Sea

When the Exxon Valdez foundered in Pnnce William Sound in March, clean-up efforts were stymied by gaps in the current knowledge of marine engineering. The newly established Ocean Institute, based in Washington, D.C.. intends to close these gaps. Working on projects commissioned and funded by private industry, the government, and the Navy, the institute will evaluate what research in ocean engineering needs to be done.

The institute’s workers will be drawn from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Marine Technology Society, furthering the already close relationship between the two groups. The new partnership will share the facilities and administrative personnel of the two organizations and will have no independent scientific staff. The marine engineers are represented in the new organization by Martin Finerty, general manager of MTS and a former oceanographic engineer for the Navy. Finerty hopes that once the machinery required to...

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