Vibracore Sediment Sampling

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Here's what's happening at Athena...

Modern Clastic Depositional Environments 2023

APR-MAY 2023

Athena continued teaching the Modern Clastic Depositional Environments with two seminars taught in April and May. The courses were a great return to teaching in a dynamic setting, with some logistical footwork needed to teach on the Congaree River during flood stage.

Modern Clastics

Sagaponack, NY Vibracoring

SEP 2022

Athena mobilized RV Artemis to Sagaponack, NY to collect 30 vibracores offshore for a borrow area evaluation and showing off our ability to get anywhere in the Eastern United States and collected sediment data quickly and cost effectively. This project also marks the farthest east Athena has travelled in the Continental US.

Athena travelling through Times Square

More Navy Vibracoring

FEB 2022

Athena Continued providing support to Navy facilities in Norfolk with a vibracore collection effort at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek.  This included collecting over 50 vibracores for sediment characterization prior to dredging of the port and entrance channel.

Artemis at JEB Little Creek

Deer Island, Mississippi Environmental & Geotechnical Vibracoring

FEB 2022

Athena has been collecting vibracores in the vicinity of Deer Island, MS as part of data collection and sediment characterization efforts associated with the Deer Island Ecosystem Restoration Project. The collected vibracores are being tested for geotechnical/physical properties and chemical analysis.  This effort also included vibracores located at offshore of Dauphin Island and within Mobile Harbor.

Deer Island

Navy Norfolk Vibracoring


Athena continued to provide support for pre-dredge studies in the Norfolk, Virginia area with projects performed at Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. The studies are in support of maintainence dredging at those facilities.

USS Wisconsin

USS Wisconsin Museum

Georgia AIWW Vibracore Sampling

MAY 2021

Athena deployed RV Recovery to Georgia to collect vibracore samples along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway between Kings Bay, Georgia and Daufuskie Island, South Carolina. RV Recovery was an ideal platform for this effort, showcasing it's range and flexibilility by collecting samples in remote areas as well as more densely populated areas near Brunswick and Savannah.

MAR 2021

Mobile Harbor Vibracoring, Part 2 

Athena returned to Mobile to collect additional vibracores in support of data collection in support of the proposed deepening of the navigation channel.  This included collection of offshore sediment reference samples and additional surface grab samples in an area on the eastern side of Mobile Bay.

Athena's new vessel collecting vibracore samples at Appalachicola

FEB 2021

We Named Our New Boat!

We're announcing a little late, but we have a name for our new 32' Research Vessel:  RV Recovery!  This boat is a happy medium between the beefier, 35 foot RV Artemis and our portable, 24-foot pontoon. Recovery has identical vibracore and navigation systems and ample deck space for work during projects.  Special thanks to Ken Willson of Coastal Protection Engineering for coming up with the name and winning our contest!

RV Recovery in the snow

FEB 2021

Sediment Sampling in West Virginia

The New Year continues to be a busy one for Athena.  We recently collected surface sediment samples along the Kanawha River in Charleston, West Virginia in support of monitoring efforts in the area.  We received the rare treat (for Southerners) of snowfall at the end of the sampling event!

Snowfall on RV Recovery

Making a Snow Angel!

JAN 2021

Happy New Year!

Athena wishes everyone the best for 2021 and are hopeful for a prosperous New Year.  It promises to be a busy year for our Athena Vibracore team, with projects ongoing in North Carolina and new projects starting throughout the Southeast.

RV Artemis transiting Carolina Beach Inlet



Puerto Rico Sediment Sampling

Athena mobilized our highly portable 24-foot sampling vessel, along with equipment and personnel to Puerto Rico to collect sediment samples for vibracores studies in San Juan Harbor, Rio Piedras, and Cano Martin Pena. The vibracores collected in San Juan Harbor were in support of Section 103 studies supporting maintenance dredging and potential deepening of the shipping channel and adjacent berths. The work in Rio Piedras and Cano Martin Pena were studies to determine dredging options in both streams.

Athena returning to the dock after a long day on the water

AUG 2020

Getting Back to Work...

Athena returned to work in late May and has been busy catching up with projects from SW Florida to Lake Michigan and points in between.  Two projects in mid-August allowed us to showcase our unique blend of effective vibracore capability and highly mobile sampling platforms.  Athena was tasked with collecting 20 vibracores offshore of both Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and Waukegan, Illinois in support of shore protection projects in both locations.  Athena collected vibracores at Cape Hatteras on a Monday and mobilized to Illinois to collect cores 3-5 miles offshore of Waukegan on Thursday and Friday.  This ability is unique in the industry.

Sunset at Cape Hatteras

Sunset at Cape Hatteras on Monday.

Sunrise on Lake Michigan on Friday.

Sunrise on Lake Michigan on Friday.

A stowaway!

This guy sought refuge in our anchor line.  We captured him despite his several attempts to jump off and returned him to the wetlands adjacent to our marina.

FEB 2020

Mobile Harbor Vibracoring

Athena provided vibracore and vessel support services in a study of the Mobile Harbor Shipping Channel. The vibracores were collected from the City of Mobile south to Dauphin Island, with reference samples collected 20 miles offshore of Dauphin Island. Each coring site required between 10 to 20 cores per station in order to collect sufficient sediment volume for the suite of analyses required. Athena also collected large volumes of site water for analysis as well. The data collected will be used to aid in planning future dredging operations in the area.

USS Alabama

JAN 2020

We've Got a New Boat!

Athena has just completed a new research vessel to our flotilla of sampling platforms.  This 30 x 10 foot platform gives us plenty of deck space for vibracore collection and equipment deployment while being able to handle rougher conditions than our 24 foot platform. 

New Research Vessel 

JAN 2020

Philadelphia Navy Yard

Athena collected vibracore samples from the Philadelphia Navy Yard to determine sediment characteristics at the berthing areas at the inactive base.  Philadelphia Navy Yard

OCT 2019

Folly Beach Vibracore Sampling

Athena completed collection and reporting for 140 vibracores within three borrows areas offshore of Folly Beach, SC. Athena collected all cores and provided geotechnical reporting services to aid the government in determining the suitability of sediments for beach placement.

USACE Folly Beach Locations

MAY   2019

Bogue Banks Borrow Area Evaluations Completed

Athena completed collection and reporting for 190 vibracores within three borrows areas offshore of Carteret County, NC.  Athena collected all cores and provided geotechnical reporting services to aid the government in determining the suitability of sediments for beach placement.

Bogue Banks Study Area