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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the

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: WSK3051
Owner: Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
Operator: Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
Contact: Joseph D. Malbrough
Address: Louisiana Univeristies Marine Consortium
8124 Hwy 56
Chauvin, LA 70344 USA
Telephone: (985) 851-2808
Fax: (985) 851-2863
Year Built: 1985
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 35  m
  Breadth: 8.07  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 64  m
  Max. draft: 3  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: General Purpose Oceanographic Research
  Operating Area:
  Navy Grids Supported:

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 288  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: 60  m3
  Fuel: 68  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 12  m2
  Dry Lab Area: Unknown
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: Unknown
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: 2.5  m2
  Space for container lab: 3 x 5  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: yes, Radioisotope Van  m

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 3490  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 9  kts.
  Max. Speed: 9.2  kts.
  Endurance: 18  days

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  Officers: 2
  Other crew: 5
  Scientists: 16
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Zenith computer
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: yes
  CTD Type: Sea-Bird Electronics SBE 911 plus Sea-Bird Electronics, SBE-11 plus deck unit
  CTD Tow able: Unknown
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: Dissolved Oxygen Sensor (SBE 13-01 Sensor medics, 3,400 meter depth).
  CTD Transmissivity: Transmissometers (WetLabs, 10.0 centimeter path length, 2,000 meter depth),Transmissometer (WetLabs, 25.0 centimeter path length, 2,000 meter depth).
  CTD Fluormeter: Fluorometer (Chelsea Instruments Aquatraka II, 6,000 meter depth), Fluorometers (WETLabs WETSTAR Mini-Fluorometers, 500 meter depth).
  CTD Rosette: yes

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: yes
  Grab Sampler: Peterson grabs, Widco 9" x 9", 8.2 L Ponar Grabs (Stainless Steal)
  Box Corer: 0.1 m2 Gomex type Stainless Steel Box Corers, Bauma 0.25 m2 spade foot box corer with 5 boxes (corer and boxes are all stainless steel construction)
  Gravity Corer: Unknown
  Piston Corer: Benthos Piston Corer (3 meter core capability with launch stand)
  Multi Corer: Ocean Instruments MC-800 Series Multi-Coring System (Deep Ocean Sediment Sampler)

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: Unknown
  ROVs: Unknown
  AUVs: Unknown
  Submersibles: Unknown

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: yes, High pressure Air Compressor

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  Diesel
Power (BHP) each engine:  1000 at 1200rpm
Propeller Diameter:  1.6   m Max. RPM:   400
Total power auxiliary diesels:  Unknown
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 460/208/120
     kVA: 100
    Phases: 3


60  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC   AMPs    Hz



  12   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Radar, Loran, SatNav, Gyro, Northstar 941X DGPS, Garmin 128 DGPS
  Communications Equipment: VHF, Fax, SSB, cellular phone,
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Inmarsat A satellite, KVH Tracphone SeaNet, Satellite Phone
  GPS: StarLink Invicta 210S Differential

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: 200kHz 12kHz
  Sonar Type: Fisheries Geological
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: Unknown
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: 75kHz acoustic Doppler
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 3  
    Steel Wire Length: 5000  m,  safe working load:  13  tons
    Conducting Cable Length:  6000  m , safe working load:  1  tons
    Trawl winch length:  5000  m , safe working load:  13  tons
    Other Winches:
      Length:  2000  m , safe working load:  1  tons
  Gantry: Position: Stern, Midships

Clearance above deck:  5  m , and outboard extension:  2  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  12  tons

  Crane: Position: Unknown

Clearance above deck:  9  m  and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  3  tons

  Other:   Unknown

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Allied Shipyard, LaRosa, Louisiana
  Classification Society: ABS
  Others, Specify: OWNER/OPERATOR
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University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Lewes, Delaware  19958
Phone:  (302) 645-4225