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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Cape Henlopen

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: WZC8800
Owner: University of Delaware
Operator: College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware
Contact: Mr. Matthew Hawkins
Address: College of Marine Studies, University of Delaware
700 Pilottown Road, MOB
Lewes, De 19958 USA
Telephone: (302) 645-4341
Fax: (302) 645-4006
Year Built: 1976
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 36.58  m
  Breadth: 7.1  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 1.6  m
  Max. draft: 2.83  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Oceanography
  Operating Area: Mid-Atlantic Coastal
  Navy Grids Supported: NA6

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 197  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 37  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 9  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 16  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
5  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 2  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Millipore
  Free Working Deck Area: 15  m2
  Space for container lab: 1 Container, up to 6m  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Yes, Portable Van available  m

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 2400  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 12  kts.
  Max. Speed: 15  kts.
  Endurance: 14  days

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  Officers: 2
  Other crew: 6
  Scientists: 12
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: 1 NT Machine for Scientific Use, 8 Addl NT-Based Acquisition Machines
  Printing/Plotting: 8 1/2 x 11 Color

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Yes
  CTD Type: Seabird 911 Plus
  CTD Tow able: Yes, Scanfish MKII
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: Yes
  CTD Transmissivity: Yes
  CTD Fluormeter: Yes
  CTD Rosette: General Oceanic 1015 (12 Bottle)

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Yes
  Grab Sampler: Smith-Mac
  Box Corer: Ocean Instruments
  Gravity Corer: Yes
  Piston Corer: No
  Multi Corer: No

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: Yes
  ROVs: Small, Scientist Supplied
  AUVs: Small, Scientist Supplied
  Submersibles: No

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: SCUBA, Scientist Supplied Equipment

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: No
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  Diesel
Power (BHP) each engine:  2500 at 1800rpm
Propeller Diameter:  1.4   m Max. RPM:   500
Total power auxiliary diesels:  0   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 110/208V
     kVA: 75
    Phases: 1/3


60  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC   AMPs    Hz



  12/32   Volts with  32  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Radar, DGPS
  Communications Equipment: Cell, Fax, VHF, SSB
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Inmarsat C, Satellite Cellular
  GPS: Leicca DGPS, Starlink DGPS

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: 12kHz 200kHz
  Sonar Type: Furuno, Knudsen
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Yes, Position, Meteorology, Salinity, Temperature, Fluorescence, Oxygen
  Side Scanning: No
  Multibeam: none
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Yes, RDI 300 & 1200 kHz
  Silent Ship Operations: No

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  Winches: 5  
    Steel Wire Length: 2000  m,  safe working load:  6  tons
    Conducting Cable Length:  4000  m , safe working load:  1  tons
    Trawl winch length:  2000  m , safe working load:  5  tons
    Other Winches:
      Length:  1000  m , safe working load:  1  tons
  Gantry: Position: Stern, Midships

Clearance above deck:  4  m , and outboard extension:  2.5  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  5  tons

  Crane: Position: Midships

Clearance above deck:  8  m  and outboard extension:  6  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  2  tons

  Other:   N/A

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Swift Ships
  Classification Society: ABS
  Others, Specify: none
OCEANIC - Ships Schedules & Information Pages
University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Lewes, Delaware  19958
Phone:  (302) 645-4225