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F.G. Walton Smith
STATUS
Operational
AVAILABILITY
Schedules can be found at http://gso.uri.edu/unols/schedules/smith.html
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The Rosenstiel School's primary research vessel is the F.G. Walton Smith, named in honor of the School's founder. The Smith, which was designed to the school's specifications, was built in 1999 and placed in service in February, 2000. This shallow drAfter enables it to explore heretofore inaccessible areas such as reefs, mangroves, grassbeds, and other shallow environments. Constructed by Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Florida, the catamaran boasts twin Cummins engines at 760 hp each, Servogear variable pitch propellers, a 3,000-gallon tank of fresh water plus a reverse osmosis water maker, and 10,000 gallons of fuel storage. The vessel also has the capability of dynamic positioning for precise station keeping, using bow thrusters, controllable pitch propellers, and independent rudders. Other specialized instruments include a transducer suite that includes ADCP transducers for measuring ocean currents; a moon pool between the hulls for drilling or coring operations; and a notched stern to facilitate maneuvering equipment into the water using the A-frame.
CONTACT
University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Cswy, Miami, FL 33149
(305) 421-4832
mardep@rsmas.miami.edu
SPECIFICATIONS
Ship TypeResearch vessel
Operating Area
Endurance
Crusing Speed9 knots
Lab Space800 ft²
Power AvailabilityPropulsion: Twin Cummins QSK 19 760hp each; Electrical power: Twin 80kw generators 208 vac 3 phase, 110/120 vac single phase UPS in laboratories
Berthing Space19
Deck Space
Telemetry Available
UPDATED ON
29 Mar 2010 14:39