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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the

Last Updated - 1/25/2005
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: WXAQ
Owner: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Operator: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
Contact: Liz Caporelli
Address: Woods Hole Oceangraphic Institution (WHOI)
38 Water Street, MS #37
Woods Hole, MA 02543 USA
Telephone: (508) 289-2277
Fax: (508) 457-2185
Year Built: 1976
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 53.94  m
  Breadth: 10.05  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 1  m
  Max. draft: 5.18  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Oceanography
  Operating Area:
  Navy Grids Supported:

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 297  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: Unknown
  Fuel: 181.7  m3
  Wet Labs Area: 22.3  m2
  Dry Lab Area: 86  m2
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: Unknown
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: 223  m2
  Space for container lab: 3 x 6  m
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 7000  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 10.5  kts.
  Max. Speed: 14.5  kts.
  Endurance: 30  days

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  Officers: 4
  Other crew: 12
  Scientists: 19
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: NEC APC-IV Computer
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: SBE 911+ Deck Unit and CTD Rosette equipped with 24 ea. 10-liter Niskin bottles (WHOI Standard CTD Package)
  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:  1   make:  Diesel
Power (BHP) each engine:  2875 at 0rpm
Propeller Diameter:  Unknown
  m Max. RPM:   Unknown
Total power auxiliary diesels:  800   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 0/110V
     kVA: 600
    Phases: 3


60  Hz

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: GPS Satellite Navigation, Gyro, Speed log, Radars, Direction Finder, Fathometer
  Communications Equipment: Fax SatCom, Single-Side Band (SSB), VHF, Weather Facsimile
  Satellite Communications Equipment: INMARSAT
  GPS: Ashtech GPS position, ship heading & attitude sensors

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: 3kHz 12kHz
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Unknown
  Multibeam: Unknown
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: RDI 150 kHz Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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

Clearance above deck:  5  m , and outboard extension:  2  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  20  tons

  Crane: Position: Midships

Clearance above deck:  Unknown  and outboard extension:  10  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  1  tons

  Other:   Trawl, Hydro

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Peterson Builders of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
  Classification Society: ABS
  Others, Specify: IMO# 007603617
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University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
Lewes, Delaware  19958
Phone:  (302) 645-4225