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Vessel Data and Contact Information for the
Outer Limits

Last Updated - 2/21/2006
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: M/V Outer Limits, Inc.
Operator: M/V Outer Limits, Inc.
Contact: Ken Franke
Address: 11464 Eastridge Place
San Diego, CA, 92131 USA
Telephone: 1 (619) 972-1463
Fax: 1 (858) 689-1828
Year Built: 1984
Ship URL: Link to Ship Home Page

Ship Schedule URL:

Ship Schedule via its Home Page

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Main Dimensions

  Length OA: 22  m
  Breadth: 8  m
  Freeboard to working deck: 2  m
  Max. draft: 2  m

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Main Vessel Activity

  Main Activity: Marine Research, ROV surveys, Acoustics Research, Multi-beam research, Fisheries Studies
  Operating Area: West Coast of North America, Baja to Northern California
  Navy Grids Supported: NP9

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Capacities and Working Spaces

  Gross tonnage: 67  GRT
  Dry cargo holds: 10  m3
  Fuel: Unknown
  Wet Labs Area: Unknown
  Dry Lab Area: Unknown
  Fresh Water
 Storage Capacity:
  Fresh Water Generator Capacity: Unknown
  Scientific Clean Water Generation: Unknown
  Free Working Deck Area: 15  m2
  Space for container lab: Unknown
  Radioactive Isotope Work Areas: Unknown

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Range, Speed and Endurance

  Range: 1400  nautical miles
  Cruising Speed: 11  kts.
  Max. Speed: 20  kts.
  Endurance: 14  days

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  Officers: 2
  Other crew: 3
  Scientists: 12
  Air Conditioned:  Yes

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Data Processing Equipment:

  Computers: Unknown
  Printing/Plotting: Unknown

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CTD Specifications:

  CTD Aboard: Unknown
  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: Stern A frame for light coring projects
  Grab Sampler: The stern A frame accommodates grab sampling
  Box Corer: Unknown
  Gravity Corer: Unknown
  Piston Corer: Unknown
  Multi Corer: Unknown

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Underwater Vehicle Capabilities:

  Underwater Vehicle Support: Complete clump weight A frame off port side with 2000 feet of 3/8Ē stainless cable on a hydraulic winch.
  ROVs: Less than 550 pound ROVís are supported. 220 V or 110 V single phase power
  AUVs: We have experience deploying AUVís of less than 8 feet in length
  Submersibles: Unknown

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Diving Support:

  Diving Capabilities: We have supported hard hat diving operations

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Engineering Design Particulars


Ice Breaking Ability:


Hull Materials:

  Dynamic Positioning Ability: Unknown
  Engines: Main engine(s): number:  2   make:  Caterpillar 3406
Power (BHP) each engine:  500
Propeller Diameter:  1   m Max. RPM:   2100
Total power auxiliary diesels:  40   HP
  Electrical Systems:  


 Voltages: 208, 220, 110
     kVA: Unknown
    Phases: 3


60  Hz

Stabilized System:   VAC   AMPs    Hz



  12, 32   Volts with  32  Volts Max


Fixed Equipment

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Navigation and Communication:

  Navigational Equipment: Unknown
  Communications Equipment: SSB, VHF (2), programmable (4)
  Satellite Communications Equipment: KVH Sat Phone
  GPS: DGPS (3) integrated into CPU with Vector or Raster Charts

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Acoustics and Profiling:

  Echosounders: Furuno 50/200 khz
  Sonar Type: Unknown
  Sea Surface Mapping System: Unknown
  Side Scanning: Wesmar 600 at 60 khz
  Multibeam: Hull mounts and side mounts available for tranducers
  Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler: Unknown
  Silent Ship Operations: Unknown

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  Winches: 2  
    Steel Wire Length: 700  m,  safe working load:  1  tons
    Conducting Cable Length:  Unknown , safe working load:  Unknown
    Trawl winch length:  700  m , safe working load:  1  tons
    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: Midships

Clearance above deck:  4  m  and outboard extension:  2  m


Safe working load at maximum reach:  0.5  tons

  Other:   Hydraulic Winch and small cable winch.

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Vessel Construction and Maintenance Supervision

  Construction Supervised by: Unknown
  Classification Society: Unknown
  Others, Specify: Unknown
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Phone:  (302) 645-4225