Pham "Tom" Hung
Marine Projects
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Henry W. Klimm IV

Marine Department & Projects

Marine Department & Projects

The Marine Department's responsibilities include support of all floating and marine fixed assets at Taylor's Point waterfront, Herring Pond sailing/shiphandling facility and Otis boat stowage.   The department supports other departments on campus in numerous functions to include ASLP, Sea and science leadership camp, DSS Fall Outing, Pan Mass Challenge, summer boat classes, MSEP lab classes and Sea Cadets.


Project highlights over the past year are:

  • Completed two-month long tidal testing project from July to August in the Cape Cod Canal for Brown University's 2-kW tidal generator.  MMA hydrokinetic barge was assembled and used as a platform to moor Brown University tidal barge.  
  • Secured a $150,000 legislative grant to acquire a tidal turbine to study and deploy in the Cape Cod Canal.  A compact Schottel 62-kW tidal turbine was acquired for the purchase.  Further, a $50,000 grant was awarded by the Mass Clean Energy Center for installation.  
  • Repurposed the Harrington Conference Room at the Center for Renewable and Responsible Energy. All MMA renewable energy assets and data are gathered and displayed on information monitors for viewing.  
  • Supported Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) uranium harvest project.  MIT contracted MMA to lease waterfront facility and to provide logistics support to deploy equipment onto a float to collect uranium from seawater.  The project ran from August to November.  
  • The design of a scaled-down Waterfront Protection Pier to a marina dock project was completed.  The Seaport Economic Council released $1 Million grant to finance the construction.  MMA announced the contract award in late June with the expecting construction start in November 2017.
  • Collaborating with Center of Maritime Training, Operations Division submitted the $462,000 Crew Transfer Training Facility proposal to MassCEC. The proposal would fund an additional 60-foot wave attenuation float for the marina project, a surf-rail system for boat docking, and two-level aluminum platform for training-in-height.
  • Support Buzzards Bay Coalition (BCC) to collect water quality data from Cape Cod Canal.  Built a data sonde launching davit and sensor housing to deploy BCC's sonde.