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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Laurence M. Gould

Last Updated - 7/28/2006
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: WCX 7445
Owner: Edison Chouest Offshore
Operator: Raytheon Polar Services Company
Address: Raytheon Polar Services Company
7400 South Tucson Way
Centennial, Colorado 80112 USA
Telephone: 303-790-8606
Fax: 303-792-9006
Year Built: 1997
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 70.2  m
  Breadth: 17.1  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 3  m
  Max. draft: 5.9  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Antarctic oceanography
  Operating Area: Southern Ocean
  Navy Grids Supported: AN9, SP9A, SA5A

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 2966  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: 95  m3
  Fuel: 670  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 425  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 1415  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
141.578  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 11.35  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Barnstead E-pure Four Holder System, Type 1 water quality (ultrapure), 2L per minute; Milli-Q Elix 10 UV Water Purification System, Type II water quality (analytical grade or DI water)
  Free Working Deck Area: 92.9  m2
  Space for container lab: 3ea TEU on deck foot-prints suitable for labs  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: 2 vans, 20 x 8 x 8  m

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 10260  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 9.5  kts.
  Max. Speed: 11.2  kts.
  Endurance: 45  days

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  Officers: 7
  Other crew: 9
  Scientists: 28
  Air Conditioned: Unknown

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Support Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems. Usually 6 to 8 computers available for general use
  Printing/Plotting: 2 b&w printers, 1 color laser printer, 1 HP 800 PS color plotter, 1 thermal plotter, 1 scanner, 1 b&w copier

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Designed for high-resolution, the SeaBird 911+ offers real-time operation via sea cable telemetry, includes a solid state memory module, and has a maximum depth of 6800 m. The CTD is mounted on a 24 bottle General Oceanics rosette sampler.
  CTD Type: SeaBird 911+
  CTD Tow able: No
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: SeaBird SBE 43
  CTD Transmissivity: Sea-Tech 25 cm
  CTD Fluormeter: Chelsea MKIII, WET Labs AFLT
  CTD Rosette: Rosette Frame, 12 Position, 30L bottles; Rosette Frame, 12 Position, Sea-Bird Electronics; Rosette Frame, 24 Position, Sea-Bird Electronics

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: The vessel can be equipped with several different coring devices designed to take vertical samples of sediment from the sea floor.
  Grab Sampler: Smith-MacIntyre
  Box Corer: Yes
  Gravity Corer: Kasten
  Piston Corer: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  Multi Corer: Bowers and Connelly

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: Unknown
  ROVs: Hy-Ball
  AUVs: Unknown
  Submersibles: Unknown

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: 1 dive compressor, 1 dive van (20 x 8 x 8.5) for storage/setup of dive equipment, DAN (Divers Alert Network) Oxygen Kit

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:

Rated ABS A1, capable of breaking 1 ft. of ice at continuous motion.

Hull Materials:

Strengthened Steel, Grades A and EH-36
  Dynamic Positioning Ability: No
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  Diesel Caterpillar 3606
Power (BHP) each engine:  2320
Propeller Diameter:  2.65   m Max. RPM:   Unknown

Total power auxiliary diesels:  3400   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 110, 208, 480V
     kVA: Unknown
    Phases: Unknown



Stabilized System:   VAC  Unknown  AMPs    Hz



  24V   Volts with  24V  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Radars: Furuno FAR-2825W & FAR-2535SW; Navigational GPS: Raytheon 398 GPS/LORAN, Furuno GPS 90; Gyro Compass: Anschutz Std 20 (2); AIS: Nauticast
  Communications Equipment: VHF: SEA 156 (2) SEA 7156 (2); HF SSB: SEA 330 (2) with SITOR Telex; SEA Seacall DSC Controller (4) for VHF and MF/HF; SEA Seawatch MF/HF DSC Watch Receiver/Scanner
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Inmarsat-B (JRC JUE300-B); Inmarsat-B (NERA Saturn-BM-2); Iridium Phone (Motorola 9500)
  GPS: Ashtech Attitude GPS, ADU2; Trimble P-Code GPS; Trimble NT200 GPS

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Knudsen 3.5 kHz Subbottom Profiler & 12 kHz echosounder
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Datasonics Chirp Sidescan Sonar / Sub-Bottom Profiler, SIS-1000, max. depth 1000 m
  Multibeam: no
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: RD Instruments, Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler, VM-150 Narrow Band
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 3  
    Steel Wire Length: 9000  m,  safe working load:  Unknown
    Conducting Cable Length:  10000  m , safe working load:  Unknown
    Trawl winch length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: Stern

Clearance above deck:  7.5  m , and outboard extension:  5.18  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  10  tons

  Crane: Position: Aft

Clearance above deck:  Unknown  and outboard extension:  52  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  13.5  tons

  Other:   Markey DUSH-5 CTD Winch and The Markey DUSH-4 Winch

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Edison Chouest Offshore, Galliano, Louisiana, USA
  Classification Society: ABS
  Others, Specify: IMO# 001057229
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