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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Thomas Jefferson

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: WTEA
Owner: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Operator: NOAA
Contact: CAPT. Jon E. Rix
Address: Chief, Operations Division
Marine Operations Center, Atlantic,
439 West York Street, Norfolk, VA 23510-1145
Telephone: 757-441-6842
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: 63.4  m
  Breadth: 13.7  m
  Freeboard to working deck: Unknown
  Max. draft: 4.3  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Hydrographic Surveys, Nautical Charting
  Operating Area: Atlantic, Gulf coasts, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
  Navy Grids Supported: NA6 and NA9

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 1466  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: Unknown
  Wet Labs Area: Unknown
  Dry Lab Area: Unknown
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
81.6  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 15.3  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Reverse Osmosis
  Free Working Deck Area: Unknown
  Space for container lab: Unknown
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 19200  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 12  kts.
  Max. Speed: Unknown
  Endurance: 45  days

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  Officers: 8
  Other crew: 19
  Scientists: 11
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Unknown
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: 19 SEACAT CTD profilers
  CTD Type: 335B SeaBird Electronic SBE
  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: Onboard dive air compressor, 10 SCUBA tanks, 6 NOAA certified divers

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

Welded Steel
  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  1   make:  Electro Motive Diesel, 645 cu. In. V12 Diesel
Power (BHP) each engine:  2,550 BHP
Propeller Diameter:  2.7   m Max. RPM:   900
Total power auxiliary diesels:  Unknown
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: Unknown
     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: X-Band and S-Band Radar with an ARPA display, 2-Differential Global Positioning System Receivers, Electronic Chart Navigation System, Gyrocompass, Abyss IES-10 Echo Sounder. Tides and curretns prediction software and Doppler Speed Log,
  Communications Equipment: VHF-FM Marine Band Transceivers with Digital Selective Calling, MF/HF Marine Band Transceivers, Radio Teletype Receiver, Cellular telephone and Portable VHF-FM transceievers
  Satellite Communications Equipment: INMARSAT Standard B and C Radio Transceivers, Search and Rescue Transporders and E-mail
  GPS: GPS Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacons

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Odom Echotrac DF3200 MKII
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Klein 5000 Side Scan Sonar
  Multibeam: Simrad EM-1002 Multibeam Sonar, RESON 8101 multibeam Sonar,
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 1  
    Steel Wire Length: 4572  m,  safe working load:  227  tons
    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: Fantail and Foredeck

Clearance above deck:  9.1  m  and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  2724  tons

  Other:   1 Oceanographic Winch

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Unknown
  Classification Society: Unknown
  Others, Specify: Unknown
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University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Lewes, Delaware  19958
Phone:  (302) 645-4225