NOAA Ship Rainier held a change of command ceremony on Friday, April 9, 2021, honoring the outstanding work of outgoing Commanding Officer CDR Samuel Greenaway and welcoming incoming Commanding Officer CDR Oliva Hauser, who is poised for successful command. Photo from left to right: CAPT Benjamin K. Evans, CDR Samuel Greenaway, CDR Olivia Hauser, CAPT Jeffrey Taylor
Mobile mapping laser scanner (lidar) data acquired by NOAA hydrographic survey contractor, David Evans and Associates, Inc. (DEA), as part of a high-resolution hydrographic survey of the lower Mississippi River in Louisiana between Baton Rouge and the entrance to Southwest Pass. The vessel based mobile laser scanning data was used to update traditional shoreline and nearshore features, as well as heights of bridges and overhead cables that could pose a hazard to surface navigation. The image provides an example of the extreme level of detail that was achieved, catching a local tug testing its fire-fighting capabilities off of Milan Street Wharf in New Orleans.