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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the

Last Updated - 11/21/2013
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: Cayman Islands

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: ZCYL5
Owner: Schmidt Ocean Institute
Operator: Schmidt Ocean Institute
Contact: Eric King
Address: 555 Bryant Street, #374
Palo Alto, California 94301
Telephone: 206-428-1950
Fax: 650-681-8413
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: 82.9  m
  Breadth: 13  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 3  m
  Max. draft: 7  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Scientific Research
  Operating Area: Global
  Navy Grids Supported: All

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 2024  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: 0  m3
  Fuel: 395  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 32  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 54  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
72  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 20  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Uncontaminated Sea Water, Distilled, Incubator Sea Water, De-ionized
  Free Working Deck Area: 17.7  m2
  Space for container lab: 2 x 20 foot ISO  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: n/a  m

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 13000  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 12  kts.
  Max. Speed: 19.8  kts.
  Endurance: 40  days

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  Officers: 7
  Other crew: 16
  Scientists: 19
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Caris, Fladermaus, ARCGIS, MBSystem, Google Earth, SBE Data Processing, SCS, Adobe Premier, I Movie
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Seabird 911+
  CTD Type: 911+
  CTD Tow able: Yes
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: Yes
  CTD Transmissivity: Yes
  CTD Fluormeter: Yes
  CTD Rosette: 24 bottle / 12 liters each

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Science Provided
  Grab Sampler: Science Provided
  Box Corer: Science Provided
  Gravity Corer: Science Provided
  Piston Corer: Science Provided
  Multi Corer: Science Provided

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: NEREUS, ROPOS, DSSI GLOBAL EXPLORER, WHOISIT (under development)
  Submersibles: n/a

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: none

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:

ICE CLASSED HULL & MACHINERY E2 (corresponds to ice class IB)

Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: DP Class 0
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  MWM
Power (BHP) each engine:  3943
Propeller Diameter:  3.45   m Max. RPM:   150
Total power auxiliary diesels:  1500   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 480/400/220/208
     kVA: 100/1875/1875/25/25
    Phases: 3


50/50/50/60/60  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC  Unknown  AMPs    Hz



  None   Volts with  n/a  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: ECDIS, Pathfinder ST MK@, Kongsberg, DGPS
  Communications Equipment: VHF, GMDSS, Sailor Thrane & Thrane
  Satellite Communications Equipment: VSAT x 2, VOIP, Inmarsat C
  GPS: Navigation GPS Saab, Science DGPS Kongsberg

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: USBL Sonardyne Ranger 2
  Sonar Type: KONGSBERG EA 600 Single Beam = 12-38-120-200 kHz SIMRAD EA 60 Split Beam = 18-38-70-120-200-710 kHz Sub Bottom Profiler/ Knudsen Chirp 3260 = 3260 khz
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: n/a
  Multibeam: KONGSBERG EM710 Multi Beam = 72-100 kHz KONGSBERG EM302 Multi Beam = 26-32 kHz
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: TELEDYNE OCEAN SURVEYOR = 75 kHz TELEDYNE WORKHORSE MARINER = 300kHz
  Silent Ship Operations: Controlled Pitch Propellers, Gondola Design

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  Winches: 1  
    Steel Wire Length: 9000  m,  safe working load:  1.7  tons
    Conducting Cable Length:  10000  m , safe working load:  1.7  tons
    Trawl winch length:  10000  m , safe working load:  1.7  tons
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: A-Frame Transom

Clearance above deck:  5.5  m , and outboard extension:  5  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  8.93  tons

  Crane: Position: AFT DECK HIAB 301

Clearance above deck:  11.8  m  and outboard extension:  11.8  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  1.74  tons


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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Y.CO MANAGEMENT
  Classification Society: GERMANISCHER LLOYD
  Others, Specify: Unknown
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Lewes, Delaware  19958
Phone:  (302) 645-4225