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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Nancy Foster

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: WTER
Owner: NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations
Operator: NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations
Address: NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and the National Sea Grant College Program
1305 East-West Highway, 11th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Year Built: 1991
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 57  m
  Breadth: 12.1  m
  Freeboard to working deck: Unknown
  Max. draft: 3  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Fisheries, pollution assessment, marine habitats and estuaries, oceanography
  Operating Area: US Atlantic and Gulf coasts
  Navy Grids Supported: NA6 and NA9

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 894  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 214.8  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 38.6  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 25.3  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
56.8  m3
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 6.8  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Evaporator and Brominator: Everpure
  Free Working Deck Area: Unknown
  Space for container lab: Unknown
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 3500  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 10.5  kts.
  Max. Speed: Unknown
  Endurance: 14  days

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  Officers: 5
  Other crew: 10
  Scientists: 15
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Unknown
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: CTD profiler and SEAS system
  CTD Type: 12 Bottle Niskin System
  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: Yes
  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:


Hull Materials:

Welded Steel
  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  Cummins KTA 50M
Power (BHP) each engine:  300
Propeller Diameter:  2.3   m Max. RPM:   Unknown

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: 2 TRANSAS monitors Navi Sailor Program (ECDIS), Gyrocompass, Port and starboard radar X-Band and S-Band W/ARPA
  Communications Equipment: VHF Radios, NAvtex-receiever, Weather Fax, Land lines in port, cellular telephone, Handheld radios
  Satellite Communications Equipment: INMARSAT B
  GPS: DGPS Receivers and GPS receiver

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Abyss IES-10
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Yes
  Multibeam: Unknown
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 1  
    Steel Wire Length: 10000  m,  safe working load:  3  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: Forecastle Deck and Main Deck

Clearance above deck:  12.1  m  and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  5  tons

  Other:   EM Winch

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Unknown
  Classification Society: Unknown
  Others, Specify: IMO# 008993227
OCEANIC - Ships Schedules & Information Pages
University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Lewes, Delaware  19958
Phone:  (302) 645-4225