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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Cape Hatteras

Last Updated - 1/26/2005
Main Activities
Capacities & Workspaces
Range, Speed, Endurance
DP Equipment
CTD Specs
Coring Specs
Underwater Vehicles
Diving Capabilities
Engineering Design
Navigation & Communications
Acoustics & Profiling
Winches, Gantries & Cranes
Country: USA

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: WRZ-934
Owner: National Science Foundation
Operator: Duke/UNC Oceanographic Consortium
Contact: Joe Ustach
Address: Duke University Marine Laboratory
135 Duke Marine Lab Road
Beaufort, NC 28516-7579
Telephone: (252) 504-7579
Fax: (252) 504-7651
Year Built: 1981
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 41  m
  Breadth: 9.7  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 1.1  m
  Max. draft: 2.7  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Oceanography
  Operating Area: North American coast from Nova Scotia to the Caribbean, and beyond Bermuda
  Navy Grids Supported: NA4, 6 and 9

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 296  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 110  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 9  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 57  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 4  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: 93  m2
  Space for container lab: 3 x 4  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 7000  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 10  kts.
  Max. Speed: 12.5  kts.
  Endurance: 28  days

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  Officers: 5
  Other crew: 10
  Scientists: 13
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: IBM PS@, NEC 386:: Computer
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Yes
  CTD Type: Sea Bird CTD (6000 m depth limit)
  CTD Tow able: Unknown
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: Unknown
  CTD Transmissivity: Unknown
  CTD Fluormeter: Chelsea Instruments in situ Fluorometer (6000 m depth limit)
  CTD Rosette: SBE 32 Carousel Water Sampler: (Select one bottle size)

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Unknown
  Grab Sampler: Shipek Grab
  Box Corer: Ocean Instruments Mark III (50 x50 cm box), Box Corer, Ocean Instruments Soutar (modified with steel frame), Box Corer, Ocean Instruments Multi-corer, MC-800; takes eight 10cm diameter samples.
  Gravity Corer: Yes
  Piston Corer: Piston Corer (barrel lengths expandable to 80 feet in 10-foot increments)
  Multi Corer: Unknown

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: Unknown
  ROVs: Unknown
  AUVs: Unknown
  Submersibles: Unknown

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: Unknown

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  Diesel
Power (BHP) each engine:  1130 at 1225rpm
Propeller Diameter:  1.7   m Max. RPM:   330
Total power auxiliary diesels:  Unknown
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 120/480V/240V
     kVA: 175
    Phases: 3


60  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC   AMPs    Hz



  Unknown   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: gps(diff) 2, loran 2, radar 2, gyro 2
  Communications Equipment: cellular phone, SSB 2, VHF 2, fax, d
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Inmarsat M, Inmarsat C,
  GPS: Unknown

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: 3kHz 12kHz
  Sonar Type: Geological
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: Unknown
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: RDI 150 kHz (350 m maximum profiling depth)
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 3  
    Steel Wire Length: 7500  m,  safe working load:  9  tons
    Conducting Cable Length:  9800  m , safe working load:  5  tons
    Trawl winch length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  9000  m , safe working load:  2  tons
  Gantry: Position: Stern, Midships

Clearance above deck:  6  m , and outboard extension:  2  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  8  tons

  Crane: Position: Stern

Clearance above deck:  8  m  and outboard extension:  7  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  Unknown

  Other:   Portable Utility Winch

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Atlantic Marine Ship Builders
  Classification Society: ABS
  Others, Specify: Unknown
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University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Lewes, Delaware  19958
Phone:  (302) 645-4225