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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Gordon Gunter

Last Updated - 7/11/2018
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: WTEO
Owner: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Operator: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Address: Gulf Marine Support Facility
151 Watts Ave
Pascagoula, MS 39567-4102
Telephone: 757-441-6842
Year Built: 1989
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 68.3  m
  Breadth: 13.1  m
  Freeboard to working deck: Unknown
  Max. draft: 4.6  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Fishery, Marine mammals, Oceanographic and Habitiat investigations
  Operating Area: Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and Caribbean
  Navy Grids Supported: NA9

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 1904  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 600  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 52  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 33  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
18  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 18.5  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Distilling Plant
  Free Working Deck Area: Unknown
  Space for container lab: Unknown
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 8000  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 10  kts.
  Max. Speed: 12  kts.
  Endurance: 30  days

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  Officers: 6
  Other crew: 14
  Scientists: 15
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: 2 High Powered Dell PowerEdge 4200PII-300 and 4300 PII-300, several Work station NTGateway servers
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Unknown
  CTD Type: Seabird 9-11 CTD
  CTD Tow able: Unknown
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: Unknown
  CTD Transmissivity: Unknown
  CTD Fluormeter: Unknown
  CTD Rosette: Unknown

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Coring Specifications:

  Coring Capabilities Aboard: Unknown
  Grab Sampler: Unknown
  Box Corer: Unknown
  Gravity Corer: Unknown
  Piston Corer: Unknown
  Multi Corer: Unknown

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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: Unknown

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:

Ice Strengthened

Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: No
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  4   make:  Caterpillar D398
Power (BHP) each engine:  800
Propeller Diameter:  2.44   m Max. RPM:   Unknown

Total power auxiliary diesels:  1600   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 120/450V
     kVA: 200
    Phases: 1/3


60/60  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC  Unknown  AMPs    Hz



  Unknown   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Sperry X- and S-Band Radars, Sperry MK 227Gyrocompass, Simrad EQ50 echo sounder, Furuno navigational echo sounder FE-700-2000, Nobletec Admiralty, Furuno Universal AIS FA-100
  Communications Equipment: VHF/HF/FM Marine Band, Skycell Transceiver, NOAA Frequency VHF-FM Transceiver, Portable VHF-FM Transceivers, Raio Teletype Capability, NAVTEX receiver, cell Phone, E-mail
  Satellite Communications Equipment: INMARSAT Stadard A and C Radio Transceivers, Iridium phone,
  GPS: 2 Simrad DGPS, 1 Furuno GPS Navigator GP-150/Dual

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Raytheon Deep Water and Shallow water (Simrad EQ-50) Echo Sounder, Simrad EK-500
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: Unknown
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: RD Instruments Ocean Surveyor
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 3  
    Steel Wire Length: 2000  m,  safe working load:  Unknown
    Conducting Cable Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Trawl winch length:  10000  m , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: A-Frame on 1 Deck aft, J-Frame on 01 deck aft port

Clearance above deck:  Unknown , and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  10  tons

  Crane: Position: 02 Deck, port amidships; 1 Deck, centerline aft

Clearance above deck:  Unknown  and outboard extension:  13.7  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  1.75  tons

  Other:   10,000 m for CTD, 2000 m for Bongo, Neuston

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: US Navy Supervised
  Classification Society: American Bureau of Shipping
  Others, Specify: IMO# 008835255
OCEANIC - Ships Schedules & Information Pages
University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Lewes, Delaware  19958
Phone:  (302) 645-4225