Page: Research Vessels
Hike Metal Custom Built Research VesselsThis Custom built Research vessel for the University of Maryland Christened the “Rachel Carson” is specifically designed to provide a stable platform for decades of service to UMCES scientists. In addition to her shallow draft, and rapid station to station speed capability, the vessel included a State-of-the-Art dynamic positioning system which allows the vessel to maintain position over one location regardless of wind and current. Outfitted with a trio of powerful winches allows scientists to deploy and retrieve multiple buoys and sampling devices over the side or stern. Built-in electronic sensors continuously measure the water quality, biology and currents whether underway or on station.
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The Rachel Carson can accommodate cruises of from 1 to 5 days duration. The vessel will normally dock at the end of each day at home port or a marina. Continuous underway time is limited to 12 hours a day. Arrangements to replenish fuel, fresh water, and food supplies may have to be made from time-to-time during the course of a cruise. The ship’s Master will work very closely with the Chief Scientist to make these arrangements, and every attempt will be made so as not to interfere with scientific operations.
The ship is large enough to transport research teams up and down the bay’s entire 184-mile length, yet runs shallow enough to allow scientists access to the smallest of critical Bay tributaries.
This 74ft state of the art vessel Christened the “El Bergantin” was specifically designed and built for sampling and testing water quality on Lake Maracaibo Venezuela, and adjacent offshore.
The vessel is fully air-conditioned and outfitted with a complete analytical laboratory located on the main deck aft, accommodations and galley for a crew of eight including six scientists who can remain on research duties for up to several weeks at a time.
Other features include a 14ft (4.2m) RHIB, arranged for rapid deployment off the stern deck, a large swim/diving platform integral with the hull structure, and an array of sophisticated electronics for both inshore and offshore work.
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