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Charles Darwin

Ship Name: Charles Darwin (U.K.)                       US NODC Code: 74AB           Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Contact: Dr. Charles W. Fay
Operator: NERC - Research Vessel Services
         European Way Empress Dock
         Southampton SO14 3ZH  U.K.
  Phone: 44 1703 596011

Length (M):  69.40       Range (n. mi.):      9240        Crew:           12
Beam (M):    14.40       Endurance (days):      42        Officers:        9
Draft (M):    4.85       Cruise speed (kt):   11.0        Scientists:     18
Gross Tons:   1936       Max. speed (kt):     13.0        Air Cond.:     yes
Power (HP):   7950       Aux. Power (HP):

Main vessel activity
     Year built: 84
     Ocean area where vessel operates: Atlantic Ocean; Indian Ocean; Pacific Ocean
Capacities and working spaces
     Dry cargo holds:                   256m3
     Fuel:                              453m3
     Fresh water:                        72m3
     Wet laboratories (total area):      16m2
     Dry laboratories (total area):     130m2
     Fresh water generator capacity:      0m3
     Freeboard to working deck:         2.7m
     Free working deck area:            336m2
     Space for container laboratory:      4m x    20m
Design Particulars
     Hull materials: Steel
Energy sources
     Main engine(s): number:  3 make: Diesel El model:
     Power (BHP) each main engine:   7950 at    875rpm
     Diameter and max. rpm propeller:      0.000m     195rpm
     Total power auxiliary diesels:      0HP
Electrical systems
     AC Voltage:    415/   110V, total    200kVA,      3phase,     50Hz
     AC Voltage:    240/     0V, total     12kVA,      1phase,     60Hz
     DC Voltage:      0V, total      0V
     Stabilized system for scientific equipment:    240VAC    200AMP     50Hz
Fixed equipment
     Navigation and communication
     Nav. equip: Radar Loran Decca SatNav Gyro EMLog
     Comms: Fax SatCom
     Comm sat:
     Echosounders for scientific research:     10kHz     38kHz
     Provisions for silent ship operation: Silent Ship
     Oceanographic winches:   number:  2
       Steel wire length:         7000m, safe working load:     22tons
       Conducting cable length:    999m, safe working load:      0tons
       Trawl winch length:        7000m, safe working load:     22tons
       Other, specify:
                   length:           0m, safe working load:      0tons
       Position: Stern, Midships
       Clearance above deck:   7m and outboard extension:   0m
       Safe working load at max. reach:    26tons
       Position: Stern, Midships
       Clearance above deck:   8m and outboard extension:   5m
       Safe working load at max. reach:    12tons
     Other winches for instruments or sampling:

Electronic data processing equipment permanently available on board
     Computer: SUN MICROSYSTEMS (3) 3/60: : DOS,
               40-80 MB. WINCHESTER
Vessel construction and maintenance supervision
     Construction supervised by:
       Classification Society: LLOYDS
       Others, specify:
Published vessel data
     Magazine: Uk Research Vessels Cruise

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