Florida Institute of Oceanography



RV Weatherbird Ship Specifications

General:

Name: R/V WEATHERBIRD II
Type: Education and Research
Registration: Documented U.S., home ported in St. Petersburg, FL

Statistics:

  • LOA: 115 ft
  • Beam: 28 ft
  • Draft: 8 ft 6 in
  • Gross Tonnage: 194.13 GRT (US)
  • Cruising Speed: 10 kts
  • Maneuvering Speed: 0.5 to 10 kts
  • Cruising Range: 3500 nautical miles
  • Endurance: 12 days
  • Crew Berths: 7
  • Scientific Berths: 13
  • Built: 1982, Bosarge Marine, Bayou La Batre, AL
  • Last Conversion: 1993

Most Recent Refit:

  • Main Engine repower July 2014
  • Kongsberg DP System Installed Jan-Mar 2017

Attributes:

  • Laboratories: Wet lab (200 sq ft) & CTD garage
  • Main Engines: 2X Cummins QSK19 660 hp
  • Gears: Twin disc 4:1
  • Bow Thruster: Detroit Diesel 8V92 350hp azimuthing Schottel drive system
  • Generators: Twin GM 6-71, 75kW
  • Fuel: 16,000 gallons diesel
  • Electrical Service: 110 and 208 VAC – 100 amp
  • Electro-hydraulic: 45 GPM at 2250 psi
  • Diesel-hydraulic: 45 GPM at 2250 psi
  • Compressed Air: 2X Quincy 100 psi
  • Potable Water: 5,000 gallons
  • Potable Water maker: Water Makers Incorporated 1000 gal/day
  • AC: Chilled water w/ individual thermostats, heat cycle by 25kW circulatory water heater
  • Refrigerators: 1 domestic in galley, 1 walk-in on main deck
  • Freezers: 1 walk-in on main deck, 1 scientific freezer in wet lab
  • Science Refrigerator/Freezer in main lab
  • Manitowoc Ice Maker

Navigation and Communications:

  • Kongsberg K-Pos DP-11 Dynamic Positioning System (Scheduled install Jan-Mar 2017)
  • JRC 48 mile radar with ARPA capability, Furuno 48 mile radar with target acquisition capability, Inritzu 24 mile radar
  • AIS equipped (Furuno FA-150)
  • Plotter: Nobletech TimeZero Odyssey software chart plotter
  • Nav: Trimble SPS356 GNSS, Garmin GPS and Northstar 941x
  • Auto-Pilot: Simrad AP-50
  • Depth Sounders: Furuno Mod FCV-1100 w200 khz & 24 khz transducers, Garmin backup
  • Gyro-Compass: Simrad GC80/GC85 Gyro Compass, Furuno SC-50 Satellite CompassSSB Radio: Icom IC-M700
  • VHF Radio: Icom IC-M504, 2X Standard Horizon
  • Onboard Comms: Standard Horizon LH10, sound-powered phone, Phillips intercom system, Motorola handheld VHF (8)
  • Satellite:KVH V7 mini-VSAT Broadband System, Iridium ITU1000 data ready, Sirius/XM Satellite Weather

Service Equipment and Features:

  • Working Deck Area: 780 sq ft
  • Bolt Downs: 40 x 1 in, various positions (mostly 2 ft & 4 ft centers)
  • Bulwarks: 3 ft Height, removable sections at starboard A-Frame and aft U-frame
  • Port and Starboard side pole mount receivers on main deck, 4” and 6” poles available
  • Electrical Outlets: 110V AC, 208V-3 phase, 60Hz Additional outlets in the long lab
  • Water: Fresh and salt water in labs and on main deck, salt water provided by Dayton centrifugal pumps taking water from forward of the bow, 1000gph
  • Compressed Air: 40cfm at 125 psi
  • Stern Hydraulic A-frame: 25 ft h x 14 ft w, 12 ft outreach, 7.5 ton capacity
  • Starboard Hydraulic A-frame: 14 ft h x 9 ft 6 in w, 6 foot outreach, 3 ton capacity
  • Aft Main Winch: Dnyacon cantilever winch equipped with 4,000m of 3/8 inch 6x37 wire and spare drum with 4000 m of .322 EM wire. Starboard A-Frame Winches: Marco hydraulic research winch, single drum, presently with 3000m of .322 CTD cable. SeaMac hydro winch presently with 2,000m of ΒΌ inch 3x19 torque balanced wire.
  • Crane: Appleton Model FB30-46 articulating hydraulic crane. Capacity: WLL 3,500 lbs @ 46 ft, WLL 7,300 lbs @ 27 feet, WLL 13,500 lbs @ 17 feet.
  • Maximum main deck load capacity is 11 tons. Maximum 01 deck load capacity is 5 tons.
  • Small Boat(s): Ribcraft 4.7 meter RHIB, 60 hp outboard, capable of providing various arrangements for outboard powered small boats, including two rubber boats and one rigid hull inflatable.

Science Systems:

  • SBE 25 CTD with Dissolved oxygen sensor , Wetlabs FLNTURTD and FLCDRTD optical sensors, Biospherical PAR sensor
  • 3000 meters .322 electro-mechanical wire, Capable of carrying 4000 meters on main winch SBE 32/33 Carousel w/12 20 liter Niskin Bottles
  • SBE 21 Thermosalinograph with Wetstar Fluorometer
  • Port and Starboard Vaisala WTX520A Meteorological Package
  • 36” Air Science Chemical Fume Hood
  • Foster Science refrig/freezer (10 cubic foot refrigerator 10 cubic foot freezer)
  • Data Acquisition System, NOAA SCS Data System, expandable instrumentation ports
  • Ship wide Computer Network
  • 300 and 1200 kHz RDI Teledyne ADCPs
  • Kongsberg EK60 Echosounder 38 kHz transducer

Other equipment available on request

  • 30 foot otter trawls with or without TEDs
  • Plankton nets, various frame and mesh sizes available
  • Nueston net frame
  • Shipek, Ponar, Van Veen, Smith-McIntyre sediment grabs
  • Capetown Dredge
  • Secchi Disk
  • Refractometer
  • Bucket Thermometers
  • Wire Angle Indicators
  • Aquaria with air pumps
  • Microscopes
  • Scuba Compressors

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