THE NEW NOAA VESSEL (this site developed by the NWFSC)
NOAA’s newest ship will be one of the most technologically advanced survey vessels in the world. It is designed to conduct both fisheries and oceanographic research. The vessel will be shared by the
Northwest Fisheries Science Center and
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
, and will service the West Coast.
Length: 208.6 feet
Breadth: 49.2 feet
Full load displacement: 2,479 metric tons
Lightship displacement: 1,840 metric tons
Speed: 14 knots
Endurance: 40 days
Builder: VT Halter Marine, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi
HIGH TECH DESIGN
Low acoustic radiated sound helps scientists monitor fish quietly without affecting their behavior.
Scientific sonar system measures fish biomass.
Dynamic positioning system keeps vessel at a fixed point in the ocean.
Multi-beam sonar system provides information about the seafloor