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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Explorer of the Seas

Last Updated - 1/7/2004
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: Bahamas

NODC Code:

    Call Sign: ELXW5
Owner: Royal Caribbean International
Operator: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Contact: Elizabeth Williams
Address: Program Manager, Rosenstiel Labs on Explorer of the Seas
University of Miami, 4600 Rickenbacker Cswy
Miami, Fl 33149
Telephone: 305-361-4070
Fax: 305-361-4696
Year Built: 2000
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:


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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 311  m
  Breadth: 38  m
  Freeboard to working deck: Unknown
  Max. draft: 8.839  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: oceanographic and atmospheric environmental monitoring
  Operating Area: bahamas, caribbean, florida straits
  Navy Grids Supported: na9

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 142000  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: Unknown
  Wet Labs Area: 21.5  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 9  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
0  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: Unknown
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Millipore system
  Free Working Deck Area: Unknown
  Space for container lab: none  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: Unknown
  Cruising Speed: 20  kts.
  Max. Speed: 24  kts.
  Endurance: 7  days

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  Officers: Unknown
  Other crew: Unknown
  Scientists: Unknown
  Air Conditioned: Unknown

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: two desktop pcs in laboratory
  Printing/Plotting: b&w and color networked laserprinters

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: thermosalinograph in flow-through seawater system
  CTD Type: SBE 21
  CTD Tow able: no
  CTD Oxygen Sensing: not at this time
  CTD Transmissivity: yes
  CTD Fluormeter: yes
  CTD Rosette: water sampling only from surface intake accessible in wet lab

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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: negotiable

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  3   make:  Diesel electric
Power (BHP) each engine:  Unknown

Propeller Diameter:  Unknown
  m Max. RPM:   Unknown
Total power auxiliary diesels:  Unknown
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 110
     kVA: Unknown
    Phases: Unknown



Stabilized System:  Unknown  VAC  Unknown  AMPs   Unknown  Hz



  Unknown   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: standard NMEA GPS strings can be provided
  Communications Equipment: as needed
  Satellite Communications Equipment: as needed
  GPS: ship's navigational GPS

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Unknown
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: Unknown
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: RDI 38kHz and 150kHz
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: Unknown  
    Steel Wire Length: Unknown  safe working load:  Unknown
    Conducting Cable Length:  0  m , safe working load:  0  tons
    Trawl winch length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: Unknown

Clearance above deck:  Unknown , and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  Unknown

  Crane: Position: Unknown

Clearance above deck:  Unknown  and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  Unknown

  Other:   Unknown

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Kvaerner Masa Yard, Turku, Finland
  Classification Society: Unknown
  Others, Specify: Unknown
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Phone:  (302) 645-4225