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Owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by WHOI for the ocean research community. Knorr is best known as the ship that supported a team of WHOI and French researchers in 1985 as they discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic. Launched in 1968, delivered to Woods Hole in 1970, and completely overhauled in 1991, R/V Knorr has traveled more than a million miles—the equivalent of two round trips to the Moon or forty trips around the Earth. The ship’s anti-roll tanks and ice-strengthened bow enable it to work in all of the world’s oceans and to the edges of the Polar Regions. Knorr was designed to accommodate a wide range of oceanographic tasks, with two instrument hangars and eight scientific work areas; a fully equipped machine shop; three oceanographic winches; and two cranes. Knorr is equipped with sophisticated navigation and satellite communication systems, as well as unique propulsion systems that allow the ship to move in any direction and to maintain a fixed position in high winds and rough seas. In 2006, the ship was refitted to support a new “long-coring” system that can extract 60-meter (150-foot) plugs of ancient sediment from the seafloor. Weighing nearly 11 metric tons (25,000 pounds), the new piston-coring system is the longest in the U.S. research fleet (twice as long as existing systems). Knorr and its long-corer will allow scientists to sample deep sediments that are rich with historical information about the oceans and climate.
Theo Moniz
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Iselin, MS#27, Woods Hole, Ma. 02543
(508) 289 3489
Liz Caporelli
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
38 Water Street, MS #37 Woods Hole, MA 02543 USA
(508) 289-2277
Ship TypeResearch Vessel
Operating Area
Endurance60 days
Crusing Speed11.0 knots (14 knots maximum)
Lab Space2,756 sq. feet, Knorr has ten (10) compartments designated as scientific areas. These spaces are dedicated to the sole use of the scientific party and the Marine Technicians as laboratory, hold storage or staging areas. Wet labs- 13.9 m², Dry lab- 342 m
Power Availability6000 bhp each
Berthing Space32
Deck SpaceFree working deck area- 420 m²
Telemetry AvailableData handling for the ship’s standard instrumentation is accomplished by the Athena data collection, logging, display and distribution system. The capabilities of this system are extensive and, by prior arrangement, can be expanded to incorporate sensor
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