Commander, Sector New York visits CSR and tours Stevens Davidson Laboratory.
May 3, 2013
Capt. Gordon Loebl, Commander, Sector New York and Captain of the Port of New York and New Jersey, together with his colleagues CDR James Espino and Mr. Kenneth Schnetzler, U.S. Coast Guard, met with Dr. Julie Pullen, CSR Director and CSR's team of researchers, including Dr. Michael Bruno, Dean, School of Engineering and Science, on April 10, for a discussion and demonstration of Stevens New York Harbor Observation Prediction System (NYHOPS) and CSR's harbor surveillance, near shore and over the horizon vessel detection, classification and tracking capabilities.
Dr. Alan Blumberg, Director, Center for Maritime Systems
, began the morning presentations with an overview of Stevens NYHOPS
system and the system's capabilities to provide predictions and critical forecasts for surface currents, water levels and storm surge warnings. Utilized during Hurricane Sandy, Capt. Loebl credited NYHOPS 48 hour forecast storm surge warnings, for providing the Coast Guard with enough time to successfully notify mariners and to clear the harbor and port for closure during thestorm. The significant and unprecedented damages caused by Hurricane Sandy, resulted in the closure of the Port of NY and NJ for seven days.
Dr. Hugh Roarty, Rutgers University, discussed the multi-use capabilities of the center's coastal HF Radar networks for real-time vessel detection and surface current mapping
. Dr. Roarty provided an overview of the center's experiments in the New York Harbor, where the HF Radar systems detected and tracked vessels in real-time, and determined that one out of every three vessels detected by HF Radar, were found not to be reporting on the Automatic Identification System (AIS).
Additional presentations were provided by Dr. Hans Graber, Director, CSTARS
, University of Miami who discussed the over-the-horizon vessel detection and tracking capabilities of synthetic aperture radar and the center's activities in charting ice flows in the Arctic. Dr. Barry Bunin, Chief Architect, Maritime Security Laboratory discussed Stevens Passive Acoustic Detection System (SPADES) and its capability to detect and classify acoustic vessel signatures in the multi-vessel environment of the New York Harbor.
Following Capt. Loebl's meeting with CSR researchers he attended a tour of Stevens Davidson Laboratory, where Stevens researchers conduct ship design tests for Department of Defense elements, including the Navy among other military organizations and industry sponsors.
During the summer of 2013, Stevens Maritime Systems Fellow, Alex Pollara will join Capt. Loebl and his colleagues for a ten week summer internship at the Command Center at Sector New York.