In case you haven’t heard, there’s a partial government shutdown. Unfortunately for us, the National Science Foundation is in the 25% of the government that hasn’t already been funded. However, one of the advantages of the “grant” model that NSF uses to manage its major construction projects is that its awardees (i.e. OSU) can keep on going even if they can’t. So work continues, though it did naturally slow somewhat for the holidays. But there’s a catch, we can’t continue work beyond a 30 day closure, even if funds are available. And if we do pass that 30 day mark, that will be new territory, so let’s hope we don’t get there. We’d likely need to issue a stop order to the shipyard. This, of course, would be costly and an absolute waste of time and money. It would also, of course, be very disruptive to Gulf Island’s employee’s as well as our team at OSU. Let’s hope cooler heads prevail and some agreement can be met by our leaders in Washington in the next two weeks. Otherwise… well… otherwise it’s going to be a big fat mess.
On the good news front, here’s a link to a little video from Taani’s keel laying ceremony. I should add that it looks like, assuming the shutdown concludes, we’re on track for the keel laying of the second RCRV some time in early May. University of Rhode Island’s consortium is actively working to name a sponsor and pick a name for its ship. We’re expecting exciting news on those fronts soon.
For 2019 I resolve to try to blog more. How’s that for wishy washy. Yoda certainly would not approve.
I’ve got some interesting posts planned for the future that will lean more technical. Also, the countdown to the installation of our live web-cams has started. They should be up in a couple of weeks, though why it’s taken so long I don’t know. I installed some security cameras at my house before Christmas and it took about 15 minutes. You’ve been warned 🙂
Thanks for reading!