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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Nathaniel B. Palmer

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: Unknown
Owner: Edison Chouest Offshore
Operator: Raytheon Polar Services Company
Contact: Dr. Jim Holik
Address: Raytheon Polar Services Company
7400 S. Tucson Way
Centennial, Colorado, 80112, U.S.A.
Telephone: 303-790-8606
Fax: 303-792-9006
Year Built: 1992
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 94  m
  Breadth: 18.3  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 3  m
  Max. draft: 6.8  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Antarctic oceanography
  Operating Area: Southern Ocean
  Navy Grids Supported: AN1-12, SA5A, SP4, SP7

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 6640  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: 5000  m3
  Fuel: 1608.6  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 1159  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 2646  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 45.4  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Barnstead E-Pure four-holder system, Type I water (ultrapure), 2L per minute : Barnstead Diamond UV, TOC-free water
  Free Working Deck Area: 372  m2
  Space for container lab: 3 on Helo Deck, 1 in Helo Hangar, 2 on Back Deck  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: 2 vans, 20 x 8 x 8  m

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 15000  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 12  kts.
  Max. Speed: 16.5  kts.
  Endurance: 70  days

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  Officers: 6
  Other crew: 22
  Scientists: 39
  Air Conditioned: Unknown

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Support Windows, Macintosh, Solaris and Linux operating systems. Usually 8-10 computers available for general use
  Printing/Plotting: 2 b&w laser printers, 2 color laser printers, 2 HP DesignJet 800 PS color plotters, 1 EPC 9802 plotter, 1 EPC 1086 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: Sea-Bird Electronics, max depth 7000m
  CTD Transmissivity: Transmissometer, (25cm pathlength), max depth 6000-M, WETLabs
  CTD Fluormeter: Fluorometer, max depth 6000-M, WETLabs
  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-A2, capable of breaking 3 feet of level ice at 3 knots

Hull Materials:

Low temperature, strengthened steel alloy, 1 9/16
  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Yes
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  4   make:  Caterpillar 3512, Diesel
Power (BHP) each engine:  1400 BHP
Propeller Diameter:  4   m Max. RPM:   970
Total power auxiliary diesels:  5600   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 208, 480V
     kVA: Unknown
    Phases: 3/3


60/60  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC  Unknown  AMPs    Hz



  24V   Volts with  24V  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: GPS (Furono); SeaPath 200 GPS (Seatex); HF WEFAX (Furono); 10cm radar (Furono); 3cm radar (Furono); Simrad HF RDF; Taiyo VHF RDF
  Communications Equipment: VHF: Sailor (RT146, Bridge to Bridge), Sailor (RT2048, Main), Sailor (RM2042, Watch Receiver); HF SSB: Sailor (SP300), Sailor (T2130)
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Inmarsat-A (JRC JUE-45A, JUE-45A); Inmarsat-B (NERA Saturn-B HSD); Inmarsat-C (Sailor); Iridium Phone (Motorola 9500)
  GPS: Unknown

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: 3kHz 12kHz
  Sonar Type: Fisheries
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Datasonics Chirp Sidescan Sonar / Sub-Bottom Profiler, SIS-1000, max. depth 1000 m
  Multibeam: Kongsberg EM120 @ 12 kHz w/ 120deg swath
  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: 10000  m,  safe working load:  Unknown
    Conducting Cable Length:  10000  m , safe working load:  Unknown
    Trawl winch length:  9999  m , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  9999  m , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: Fantail, Starboard, Telescoping boom for Baltic Room

Clearance above deck:  9.14  m , and outboard extension:  5.5  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  20  tons

  Crane: Position: Bow, Forward

Clearance above deck:  Unknown  and outboard extension:  30  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  5  tons

  Other:   Unknown

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

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