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The research vessel (R/V) Oceanus is owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by WHOI. The ship has been used extensively in recent years for studies of the Gulf Stream and the Deep Western Boundary Current, of climate change, and of harmful algal blooms (popularly called “red tides”). Oceanus is a mid-sized research vessel designed for expeditions lasting two to four weeks. It is the WHOI-operated vessel you are most likely to see in Woods Hole. Oceanus was delivered to Woods Hole in November 1975, and the first scientific voyage was undertaken in April 1976. The ship underwent a major mid-life renovation in 1994, which included the construction of a new deck house and new pilot house, along with increases in laboratory space and accommodations for scientists. Outfitted with three winches and a crane, the ship is often used for deploying oceanographic buoys and moorings and for hydrographic surveys, though it is capable of all types of chemical, biological, and geological studies. The ship was designed by John W. Gilbert Associates of Boston and constructed by Peterson Builders of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
Dutch Wegman
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
(508) 289 2232
Liz Caporelli
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
38 Water Street, MS #37 Woods Hole, MA 02543 USA
(508) 289-2277
Ship TypeResearch Vessel
Operating AreaThe ship spends most of its time working in the North Atlantic, with occasional trips to the Mediterranean, South Atlantic, and Caribbean.
Endurance30 days
Crusing Speed11 knots (14.5 knots maximum)
Lab Space1,185 sq. feet, Oceanus has three internal spaces that are dedicated to the sole use of the scientific party and SSSG Marine Technician as laboratory or staging areas. Wet labs- 22.3 m², Dry lab- 86 m²
Power Availability2875 bhp each
Berthing Space14 (+ 4 in berthing van)
Deck Space2,150 sq. feet
Telemetry AvailableUnderway data collection is handled by a number of computers and custom software programs. A central data collection program called 'Calliope' collects, logs, and distributes the data. Data can be accessed in real-time via UDP broadcasts or serial conne
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