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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the

Last Updated - 1/28/2005
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: WDB4439
Owner: Smithsonian Institution
Operator: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
Contact: Pierre Fuentes, Vessel Superintendent
Address: Unit 0948
APO 34002-0948
Telephone: (507) 212-8902 or Mobile (507) 673-0690
Fax: (507) 212-8799
Year Built: 1987
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 29.38  m
  Breadth: 7.1  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 1.5  m
  Max. draft: 2.6  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Diving, sea bottom sampling and water quality
  Operating Area: Pacific and atlantic coast of Panama
  Navy Grids Supported: NA9, NP13

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 153.9  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 22.71  m3
  Wet Labs Area: Unknown
  Dry Lab Area: 9.8  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
7.57  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 4.54  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: All piping system was made of S.S., four PVC hose bibs are located on main deck.
  Free Working Deck Area: 30  m2
  Space for container lab: Unknown
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 4000  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 9.5  kts.
  Max. Speed: 11  kts.
  Endurance: 30  days

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  Officers: 4
  Other crew: 1
  Scientists: 9
  Air Conditioned: Unknown

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Two computers, Dell C600 laptop and Dell 8100
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: General Oceanics model 316
  CTD Type: Unknown
  CTD Tow able: Unknown
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: yes
  CTD Transmissivity: Unknown
  CTD Fluormeter: yes
  CTD Rosette: Unknown

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Unknown
  Grab Sampler: Unknown
  Box Corer: Unknown
  Gravity Corer: Unknown
  Piston Corer: Unknown
  Multi Corer: Unknown

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: Phantom 300 XLT
  ROVs: Unknown
  AUVs: Unknown
  Submersibles: Unknown

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: Compressors Bauer K13 and Bauer Capitano, 20 scuba tanks

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

Fiberglass with Aluminum superstrcture
  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  1   make:  Caterpillar 3412
Power (BHP) each engine:  670
Propeller Diameter:  1.3   m Max. RPM:   600
Total power auxiliary diesels:  160   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 220-120
     kVA: 174
    Phases: 3


60  Hz

Stabilized System:  Unknown  VAC  Unknown  AMPs   Unknown  Hz



  24   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Transas Navi-Sailor 2500, Gyrocompass:Litton Marine SR 180 MK-1, Autopilot:Robertson AP9MK3
  Communications Equipment: Cellular phone, SSB, VHF
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Sailor Inmarsat B, Trimble Inmarsat C, Globalstar phone
  GPS: Furuno DGPS and Trimble GPS

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Simrad EC-210; 200 khz
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: Unknown
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 1  
    Steel Wire Length: 1000  m,  safe working load:  2.27  tons
    Conducting Cable Length:  0  m , safe working load:  0  tons
    Trawl winch length:  1000  m , safe working load:  2.27  tons
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: Unknown

Clearance above deck:  Unknown , and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  Unknown

  Crane: Position: on boat deck, above the main deck

Clearance above deck:  2  m  and outboard extension:  7.2  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  0.97  tons

  Other:   Unknown

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Lifeline ship construction
  Classification Society: ABS
  Others, Specify: Unknown
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Phone:  (302) 645-4225