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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Weatherbird II

Last Updated - 2/8/2007
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: Unknown
Owner: Bermuda Biological Station for Research
Operator: Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Inc. (BBSR)
Contact: Capt. C. Lee Black, Marine Superintendent
Address: Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Inc. (BBSR)
17 Biological Station Lane Ferry Reach
St. Georges GE-01 Bermuda
Telephone: 441-297-1880 ext 208
Fax: 441-297-1839
Year Built: 1982
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 35.05  m
  Breadth: 8.53  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 0.9  m
  Max. draft: 2.59  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Oceanography
  Operating Area: Northwest and Central Atlantic
  Navy Grids Supported: NA6

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 194  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 132  m3
  Wet Labs Area: Unknown
  Dry Lab Area: Unknown
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: 6.8  m3/day
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: 46  m2
  Space for container lab: 2 x 6  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 3000  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 9.5  kts.
  Max. Speed: 10  kts.
  Endurance: 14  days

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  Officers: 3
  Other crew: 5
  Scientists: 10
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: MacIntosh PwDk 165/Compaq Portable II computer
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Yes
  CTD Type: Unknown
  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:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  Lugger Diesel 6-140 AL2
Power (BHP) each engine:  1000 at 1800rpm
Propeller Diameter:  1.524   m Max. RPM:   360
Total power auxiliary diesels:  350   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 0/208V
     kVA: 75
    Phases: 3


60  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC   AMPs    Hz



  Unknown   Volts with  Unknown  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Radar Loran GPS
  Communications Equipment: Fax
  Satellite Communications Equipment: Unknown
  GPS: Unknown

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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: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 2  
    Steel Wire Length: 4000  m,  safe working load:  Unknown
    Conducting Cable Length:  12000  m , safe working load:  Unknown
    Trawl winch length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Other Winches:
      Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
  Gantry: Position: Stern, Midships

Clearance above deck:  Unknown , and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  9  tons

  Crane: Position: Stern

Clearance above deck:  13  m  and outboard extension:  Unknown


Safe working load at maximum reach:  2  tons

  Other:   CTD winch, Hydro Winch, TSE Winch, Split Drum

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

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