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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the

Last Updated - 2/26/2004
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: Germany

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: DBBA
Owner: Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing
Operator: Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing
Contact: Poeschke , Hans-Joachim
Address: Bundesamt fuer Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH)
Ferderal Maritime and Hydrpraphic Agency
Bernhard-Nocht-Str. 78, 20359 Hamburg
Telephone: ++49 40-3190-4500
Fax: ++49 40-3190-5000
Year Built: 1994
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 52.05  m
  Breadth: 11.4  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 1.8  m
  Max. draft: 3.45  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Survey, wreck search
  Operating Area: North Sea /Baltic Sea (German EEZ)
  Navy Grids Supported:

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 969  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: 55  m3
  Fuel: 95  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 17  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 30  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
44  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 3  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: 100  m2
  Space for container lab: 2 x 20 feet, ( one upon the other ) and 1 x 10 feet  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 4000  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 10.5  kts.
  Max. Speed: 11.3  kts.
  Endurance: 30  days

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  Officers: 7
  Other crew: 9
  Scientists: 7
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: no
  Printing/Plotting: no

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: yes
  CTD Type: 2 x SiS ( 1 range 100m, 1 range 500 m )
  CTD Tow able: yes
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: no
  CTD Transmissivity: Yes, to computer
  CTD Fluormeter: no
  CTD Rosette: no

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: no
  Grab Sampler: no
  Box Corer: no
  Gravity Corer: no
  Piston Corer: no
  Multi Corer: no

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: no
  ROVs: no
  AUVs: no
  Submersibles: no

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: yes, also decompressing chamber

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: no
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  diesel electric, MTU 8V 369 TC 54
Power (BHP) each engine:  640 kw, (870 HP)
Propeller Diameter:  1.9   m Max. RPM:   270
Total power auxiliary diesels:  310   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 220/230
     kVA: 1500
    Phases: 3


50  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC  Unknown  AMPs   Unknown  Hz



  24   Volts with  24  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: 2x Radarpilot ARPA X -, S band ( ATLAS 9600), Chartpilot NACOS 55-2,DGPS receiver, autopilot systemSpecial suevey and wreck search equipment ( SSS, OSS, digital lot)
  Communications Equipment: GSM phone, uhf radio telephone uhf hand held receiver
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Inmarsat B (NERA), Inmarsat C TT 3000
  GPS: Trimble 4000, Leica MX

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Fahrentholz 382 M (15/35/200 kHz)Fahrentholz Hydrosearch ( 16 sounder 200 kHz)
  Sonar Type: side scan sonar ( Klein Mod. 545, 100/ 500 kHz)Object search sonar 11 Z Atlasfan sweep Hydrosweep MD 49/ 16 kHz
  Sea Surface Mapping System: no
  Side Scanning: yes
  Multibeam: yes
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: none
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 2  
    Steel Wire Length: 600  m,  safe working load:  Unknown
    Conducting Cable Length:  200  m , safe working load:  Unknown
    Trawl winch length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: no

Clearance above deck:  Unknown , and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  Unknown

  Crane: Position: aft, above working deck

Clearance above deck:  18  m  and outboard extension:  7  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  4.8  tons

  Other:   hydraulic serial winch

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: See- Berufsgenossenschaft, Germanischer Lloyd
  Classification Society: Germanischer Lloyd
  Others, Specify:
OCEANIC - Ships Schedules & Information Pages
University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Lewes, Delaware  19958
Phone:  (302) 645-4225