OFCC receives Dept. of State Lands Partnership Award
The OFCC, an Astoria based non-profit that works with commercial
fishermen and subsea fiber-optic cables, received the Dept.
of State Lands 2018 Partnership Award from the State Land
Board Tuesday, June 11 in Salem. The Award is based on innovation,
consistency, effort and being a good example in partnership
with the Oregon Dept. of State Lands in stewardship of Oregon's
Natural Resources. The award recognized the over 20 year history
of the OFCC working cooperatively with submarine cable owners
and installers on projects to develop and land submarine cable
systems on the Oregon coast. These installations have been
done in a way that minimizes negative impacts to Oregon's
territorial sea and the Oregon fishing industry while providing
significant benefits to the State of Oregon.
Rob Munier, OFCC Technical Advisor from Woods
Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA; Sec. of State Bev Clarno;
OFCC chair and former fisherman Scott McMullen; Terry Thompson,
Newport; Gov. Kate Brown; State Treasurer Tobias Read; Brad
Pettinger, Brookings; Joanne Morris, Google; Mikal Modisette,
Successful Science Platform and Gear Recovery
On July 7, 2018 the RV Bold Horizon, using a small Remote
Operated Vehicle (ROV), successfully recovered fishing gear
and the sub-surface platform the gear was fouled on. The science
platform, part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, was
struck by trawl gear on September 16, 2017, disabling the
platform and the shallow-water profiler that was onboard.
Pelagic Research Services, which was contracted to recover
the platform and gear, found the platform and a trawl door
about 38 fms off the bottom in 304 fms of water. OFCC Board
member and fisherman Gary Wintersteen assisted with the recovery.
Photos courtesy of Gary Wintersteen. More photos and video
are available on our Facebook
New Version 10 Thumbdrive
OFCC Version 10 is available for your plotters adding the as-laid NCP Cable and Hawaiki Submarine Cable routes. They were installed off Pacific City in May and October/November 2017. V10 thumbdrives will be distributed at Port Meetings or stop by the OFCC office at 2021 Marine Dr., Suite 102; email: email@example.com; or call (503) 325-2285.
Facebook joined the OFCC on June 20, 2018, becoming the ninth
submarine cable owner, joining General Communications, Inc.
(GCI), Alaska Communications (ACS), Verizon, Tata Communications,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, GU Holdings Inc. (Google),
Microsoft Infrastructure Group, LLC., and Hawaiki Submarine
Cable USA LLC. Facebook is one of the consortium owners of
the Jupiter cable system. The Jupiter system will land in
California and in Oregon. The Oregon landing of the Jupiter
system will be in Pacific City. Jupiter will cross the Pacific
Ocean to Japan and the Philippines, a total length of 4,860
nm. The cable has a design capacity of 60 Tbps. SubCom will
be manufacturing and installing the Jupiter cable. Installation
date off Oregon has not been determined. Facebook worked with
the Oregon fishing industry to get the best route crossing
the shelf and slope.
At least one OFCC vessel will be needed for patrol boat
duty ahead of the cable ship during installation. Additional
vessels may also be needed for patrol or guard boat services
during the installation period. OFCC member vessels that have
submitted a Statement of Interest are entered in a random
drawing for each cable project. Vessels that haven’t
served in a cable installation under their current owner are
given priority. Vessels must be in seaworthy condition as
determined by the OFCC and required equipment needs to be
in good working order and on board prior to mobilization.
Patrol vessel charters are usually up to 10 days and the current
rate is $57.50/foot/day up to a maximum of $4887.50 per day
(85 ft). To become a member or for more information, call
(503) 325-2285 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
||The Oregon Fishermen's Cable Committee
is an association of concerned Oregon commercial
trawl fishermen who have negotiated cooperative agreements
with fiber optic cable companies to protect the integrity of
the fiber optic network and the fishing grounds.
its inception, the committee works to follow the goals of
its charter - to facilitate communication, coordination and
cooperation between the fishing industry and the submarine
cable industry and to inform the fishing fleet of appropriate