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  1. SSD Activities and Updates by Paul D. HigleySpecialty Devices, Inc. Presented to the 2010 Annual Fall Meeting of the Gas Hydrates Research Consortium Oxford, Mississippi Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  2. SSD Activities for 2010 • SSD Engineering Changes and Activities on the SFO • Stay on the heave compensator 100% of the time (for the HLA) • Replacement of the Lift Cable • Additional Capabilities Cores, Add-on instruments, Ethernet • Re-Deployment of the IDP • Modify and test the HLA deployment plan • Deploy the HLA Pod • The Spill Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  3. 2010 Cruises March Engineering Cruise April SSD Tests and IDP/ HLA Pod Deployment and the Spill June Dives on the HLA, IDP and test deployments September Cruise 1 Mapping and Cores September Cruise 2 Attempted HLA Deployment Mapping and PFA inspection Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  4. HLA Array on Deployment Spool HLA Deployment Method Hydrophone Breakout on HLA Array Cable Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  5. HLA Deployment Method HLA Array on the SSD Cage HLA DATS Transporter SSD Deploying one HLA Array and DATS Transporter HLA POD Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  6. HLA Deployment Method Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  7. SSD Upgrades to aid in HLA Deployment Method The Plan Replace the Steel lift cable New Synthetic one piece cable Replace the Mid-water Weight with added Weights & Floats Test on Engineering Cruise Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  8. SSD Upgrades to Aid in HLA Deployment Method The NEW Plan Re-Terminate the Steel lift cable Replace the Mid-water Weight with added Weights & Floats Test on the April Cruise Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com Matt Lowe, Brian Noakes, Larry and Andy Gosset Create the floats and weights to make this happen!

  9. April 2010 Cruise • Tested the New SSD Steel Lift Cable Approach • Tested the HLA Pod Deployment • Tested the HLA DATS Transporter & installed in the HLA Pod • Tested the HLA Array spool deployment • Time, Weather and Oil ended the cruise. Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  10. SSD Upgrades to Aid in HLA Deployment Method April Deployment Tests Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  11. SSD Upgrades to Aid in HLA Deployment Method April Deployment Tests Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  12. June 2010 Cruise Deployed the HLA Pod Inspection dive on the IDP and the HLA Pod Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  13. September 2010 Cruises Inspected the Pore Fluid Array Previous Video Picked up and moved the CSA sampler from the Rovard Pictures to be provided by others No SSD Problems following last September Cruise Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  14. SSD Activities and Updates SSD Upgrades for 2010 HLA Array Deployment Modifications Including Array carrier and DATS Transporter Cage mount Ethernet link to the surface for payloads Permanent External Interface Conversion of remaining lights to new LED lights. 8 core tube Carousel Water and surface sampler Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  15. SDD Status SSD Year in Review Problems : Nearly all cable and connector based Caused failure of the communications to the ship Improvements Reliability Larger Equipment Carry Capacity Smoother ride/Rougher Sea Capabilities More Cores Added Instrument Capabilities Contros, Mass Spec., Flourometer Ethernet, Fiberless Optical link SSD Transitioned to MMRI Staff Upgrades Coming: 2000 m working depth Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  16. September 2010 Cruises Recover Pore Fluid Array Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  17. Seafloor Observatory Our Special Thanks to Funding for the Gulf of Mexico Hydrates Research Consortium provided by: The Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the Department of the Interior, The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) of the Department of Energy, The National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology (NIUST) of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the Department of Commerce. Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  18. Station Service Device SSD End of formal presentation Additional Information on Design and Build of the SSD Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com

  19. Station Service Device SSD Specifications SSD w/o cage or battery pack Length =1.62 m (64”), Width = 1.22 m (48”), Height = 1.09 m (43”) Weight Air 385 kg. (850 lbs.) Sea Water + 4.5 kg. (10 lbs) Operating Depth 1,000 m Could be upgraded to 2000 m SSD in cage with battery pack Length = 2.11m (83”) Width = 2.13m (84”), Height = 1.85m (73”) Weight Air 840 kg. (1850 lbs.) Water 455 kg. (1,000 lbs.) Operating radius from cage 50m Surface Ship radius from cage 300m (1,000 ft.) (water column current dependant) Payload short tether 10 kg. ( 24 lbs.) Payload with drop weight 29 kg. ( 64 lbs.) Bottom time per dive est. 20+ hours Maximum bottom current 0.5m/s (1.0 kts) Interface Power 12, 24, 150, 240 vdc @ 200w Interface communications real time serial to 115kb, Ethernet 2 cage baskets 8 Push Cores and rack, 2nd Hand w/ cutter water sampler, oil slurper Specialty Devices, Inc www.Specialtydevices.com