Marianne Molchan, President Molchan Marine Sciences

Marianne Molchan
President, Molchan Marine Sciences

107 Palmer Neck Rd
Pawcatuck, CT 06379 USA
860-599-8366 (v) 860-680-6460 (c)
Curriculum Vita
Areas of Expertise
  • Areas of Expertise
  • Underwater Port Security and Concept of Operations
  • Marine Technology Transfer and Education
  • Marine Transportation Safety
  • Maritime Security for Ship, Port, Energy Infrastructure in accordance with ISPS and Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)
  • Education & Certification
  • M.S. Engineering and Science Management, University of Alaska, Anchorage
  • B.S. Mathematics, (w/ Honors) California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, California
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Deck Officer and Dive Officer NOAA Officer Candidate School, Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy, New York
  • Basic Dive Officer, MK 16, MK 21, MK 20 Certified Navy Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, Florida
  • Professional Memberships
  • Thames Maritime Coalition (2002-Current)
  • Woman-Owned Business Certified in Connecticut and Rhode Island (2003-Current)
  • Northeast Veteran-Owned Business Network (2003-Current)
  • Marine Oceanographic Technology Network (MOTN) Board Member and VP (2009-Current)
  • Northeast Regional Association for Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems, Marine Technology Board Member (2011-Current)
  • Women In Defense (2012-Current)
  • Professional Experience

      Marianne Molchan is the President of Molchan Marine Sciences (MMS). Molchan Marine Sciences (MMS) is a multi-disciplinary small business enterprise supporting the development and execution of projects in Ship, Port and Offshore Energy Security, Marine Transportation Safety, Diving and Underwater Operations as well as Technical Writing and Maritime Education. In the course of her military and civilian careers she performed ship, and port facility security and vulnerability assessments for owner operators servicing tankers, container ship, passenger ferries, military transport vessels, and bulk carriers. She worked with port facilities in the United States, Caribbean, and Europe conducting port facility security assessments and writing ship and port facility plans, technical manuals, operations manuals and facility response plans in support of newly implemented ISPS Code regulations as well as existing national and international maritime regulations. She has taught Ship Security Officer, Company Security Officer and Port Facility Security Officer courses to several hundred students worldwide. She has chaired and has been a requested speaker for multiple panels on maritime security and ship and port security technologies. MMS has provided security consulting services to owner operators of energy infrastructure such as oil platforms, ports as well as land based operations. In 2009 MMS was pursued by the Defence Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) (Australia) and hired by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) (United Kingdom) to participate in a multi-national (US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia) military/civilian supported port security trial evaluating over 25 port security technologies and their effectiveness in Sydney Harbor against above and below water threats. This was the most extensive trial of its kind allowing for port security technology and threat assessment in a fully operational port during the port’s busiest time of year. MMS was asked to make technology evaluations and write the Quick Look Report as a preliminary appraisal of the performance of the technologies tested in the port.

      She is trained in the Incident Command System (ICS) a methodology used in the United States to organize a command system with multiple state, federal, private and public first responders and deal with an incident (i.e. port explosion, weapons of mass destruction). Prior to holding the position of President of Molchan Marine Sciences, Marianne was a Senior Analyst for MicroSystems Integration identifying performance measures and capabilities of US Coast Guard assets, and creating and utilizing a Waterways Evaluation Tools for several U.S. East and West coast ports. Waterways evaluation factors included mobility, safety and protection of the natural resources. She was in charge of Special Projects for VideoDiscovery, an award winning post secondary electronic media education company. In this capacity she created mini-documentaries highlighting careers in oceanography for educational CDs and VideoDiscs. She served as the Manager of the Safe Marine Transportation Forum of Puget Sound, a predecessor to the Puget Sound Harbor Safety Committee. In this position she gained international attention forming collaborations and initiating workshops among competing maritime entities of Puget Sound organizing international conferences and forums on marine navigation safety, issues involving fast ferries, ballast water discharge, electronic charts and other marine related topics.

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Qualifications

    Marianne was qualified as a Deck Officer, Hydrographer, and Diving Officer on the Hydrographic Ship NOAA SHIP RAINIER, home ported in Seattle Washington, and conducting hydrographic surveys primarily in Alaska and California. Following her ship assignment, she installed, maintained and monitored a series of 60 tide and tsunami gauges located from San Diego, California north to Adak, Alaska and from Honolulu, Hawaii west to Okinawa. It was in this assignment Marianne worked directly with the government and civilian entities responsible for access to port infrastructure within which the gauges resided. She was the Ocean Services Program Coordinator in Honolulu and Anchorage Alaska working for the National Ocean Service and National Weather Service educating the public on relevant oceanographic/weather events and providing NOAA products and services to public, private, state, federal and local government representatives.

    U.S. Military Qualifications

    Marianne is a retired Navy Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve with 25 years (NOAA/USN) of Ship and Port Security, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Salvage, and Operations Research Analysis experience in both the above and below water environments. She holds qualifications in the following areas:

    Basic Dive Officer, Dive Supervisor
    Officer in Charge (OIC) Area Search Detachment (Det)
    OIC, EOD Ordnance Clearance Det
    MK 20, MK 21 Surface Supply Diver
    MK 16 Mixed Gas Diver Demolition Qualified
    Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer Level II
    Port Services Officer
    Operations Control Center Briefing Officer
    Commanding Officer, Military Sealift Command
    Shipping Operations Officer
    Operations Analyst
    As the Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer for Military Sealift Command (MSC) Europe during Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom she facilitated the movement of civilian (contracted under the U.S. Military Sealift Command) and military supply ships in Europe. She served in the ports of Naples, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven. It was during this time the ISPS code was being implemented, affecting both MSC and commercial ship traffic. During the same period she served as Liaison Officer for EUCOM MSC office and Acting Commanding Officer for the U.S. Transportation Command in Stuttgart Germany facilitating military flights and ship movements in Europe and Africa. This provided an extensive knowledge base of maritime threats, issues related to inport visits and transits. She served as a Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Diving Supervisor and Officer in Charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 17, Ordnance Clearance and Area Search Detachments, and an Operations Research Analyst for Office of Naval Research. These assignments provided a unique blend of above and below water operational experience combining technology and port security expertise.
    Teaching and Conferences and Workshops
    Marianne Molchan was certified as an instructor through Tactical Defense Concepts and has taught Ship Security Officer, Company Security Officer and Port Facility Security Officer Courses to multiple entities in support of the ISPS Code. She has also been asked to speak at conferences and workshops on the subject of Maritime Security, Implementation of ISPS and Maritime Technology Transfer. Following is a representative number of presentations made by Marianne Molchan over the past decade:
    Title Event/ Location
    Ocean and Maritime Technologies for Infrastructure Protection IEEE OES Homeland Security Technology Workshop Providence, RI USA
    Sealift 02 Naval War College, Newport War Game RI USA
    Homeland Security/Port and Harbor Security Washington DC Area, Maritime Security Conference USA
    Second Australian-American Joint Conference on the Technologies of Mine Countermeasures Navy Warfare Development Command Presentation Newport RI, USA
    Innovative Technologies, Opportunities for Change in Mine Countermeasures Maritime Battle Center, Newport RI USA
    Augmented Reality: Innovation through Experimentation Navy Warfare Development Command Presentation, Newport RI, USA
    Augmented Reality: A Role in Maritime Security San Diego, California Based Maritime Security Conference USA
    The Role of Micro-ROVs in Homeland Security IEEE OES Homeland Security Technology Workshop, Newport RI, USA
    Maritime Security: A Local Perspective NE Maritime Security Conference and Workshop, Groton, CT USA
    Maritime Terrorism: Lessons Learned IEEE OES Homeland Security Technology Workshop, Newport RI USA
    Technology and Awareness, Key Enablers in Homeland Security Virginia Area Maritime Security Conference, USA
    Ship and Port Security Global War on Terror″ Naval Undersea Warfare Command, Newport Rhode Island
    Ship Security Officer, Company Security Officer, Port Facility Security Officer Course New York, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut
    Representative Publications
    Interconnect Solutions Aboard Submarines: AMETEK SCP Continues to Implement Connector Technology in Naval Submarines” Sea Technology July 2012
    Augmented Reality: Brings Digital Information Into View” Sea Technology March 2010
    Anti-Piracy TTPs Tactics Technology and Politics for Marine Technology Reporter June 2009
    What do you get when you Cross the Blue Water and Brown Water Navies?” Sea Technology April 2008
    Howler Experiment: Innovation Brings Success to Coordinated Autonomous Vehicle Operators” for H20 Ops Magazine Dec 06/Jan 07
    The Role of Micro-ROVs in Maritime Safety and Security” for H2O Ops Magazine, April/May 2006
    Contaminated Water Diving Wake-up Call” for H2O Ops Magazine June/July 06
    The Role of Micro-ROVs in Maritime Safety and Security” 2005 White Paper for MMS Website
    Joint Littoral Mobility, Littoral Combat Ship” for Bath Ironworks LCS team 2004
    Ehime Maru Technical Salvage Report” Co-Authored with JMS 2003 for Supervisor of Salvage USN
    Augmented Realty: Innovation through Experimentation” The Second Australian-American Joint Conference on the Technology of Mine Countermeasures” Sydney 2001 for MINWARA
    Delong Mountain Marine Geophysical Study” May 1999, for NORTEC
    Before You Leave the Dock" 1999, Washington State boating safety brochure for USCG
    Loadmax, An Evaluation of a Real-Time Water Level System in the Columbia River” for NOAA
    Marine Reporting: The Development of a Northwest Marine Safety Reporting System" , for Safe Marine Transportation Forum of Puget Sound
    The Water Planet" Videodiscovery CD-ROM and Laser Disc 1995.
    An Assessment of Single Station Forecasting Methodologies for Naval Special Warfare Applications" USN, Tech Note 60, July 1990
    Alaska Bore Tales: A Local Guide to Bore Tide Sightings” for NOAA, 1985.

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    Welcome to Molchan Marine Sciences (MMS) Website. MMS continues to see steady and exciting growth in multiple areas in the marine technology sector. The hallmark of MMS is the ability to bring operational experience from all aspects of the waterfront to a project or program. Having the ability to communicate with and understand the needs of ship owner/operators, port facilities, researchers and marine technologists is one of MMSs most respected capabilities.




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