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Deep Ocean Exploration
26 MTR November 2006 maran built under contract for the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The R/V Auk will operate in the
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, located at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay.
R/V Auk is the second research vessel built by
All American Marine for NOAA's National
Marine Sanctuary program. The 48-ft. cata- maran is a shorter version of the previously built R/V Shearwater, which operates in the
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary near Santa Barbara, Calif.. Fabricated with all- aluminum construction, the vessel includes a unique hull shape with integrated hydrofoil technology developed by Teknicraft Design of
Auckland, New Zealand. Features of the research vessel include both a wet laboratory for examining specimens and a dry laboratory for processing data. On board the vessel's main deck are a fully equipped galley and comfort- able dinette with u-shaped settee. The catama- ran offers accommodations for six researchers and includes heating and air con- ditioning for the entire vessel.
Heated windows have also been installed to provide fog- free visibility in cold climate conditions. All American
Marine also delivered a 66.8 x 24 ft. catamaran for
NOAA. R/V Fulmar (pic- trred on the previous page) will operate in the Monterey
Bay National Marine
Sanctuary, Cordell Bank
National Marine Sanctuary, and Gulf of the
Sanctuary, which are all located off the coast of central
Fulmar is the third research vessel and fourth Teknicraft Design catamaran that All
American Marine, Inc. has built for NOAA's
National Marine Sanctuary program. The 24- ft. beam of the catamaran lends itself to a very spacious cabin that can comfortably accommo- date 10 scientists. The vessel's layout features an 86 sq. ft. wet laboratory and a 71 sq. ft. dry laboratory to accommodate the research activi- ties throughout the sanctuaries. On board the vessel's main deck are a fully equipped galley and comfortable dinette with u-shaped settee.
Westplast Seismic Survey Boat
Westplast AS based in Leinøy, Norway, recently delivered to PGS Geophysical a new 9.5 m Seismic Survey boat for world-wide sur- veying duties. Designed by Westplast AS and
Sundal Engineering AS the GRP hull provides a smooth and stable ride. The transom has been designed with a recess to incorporate the water jets and engine exhaust system.
Fitted with twin UltraJet 305HT waterjets coupled to Yanmar 340 hp 6LYA-STP engines the boat achieved 30 knots during North Sea trials and a bollard pull of 2.6 ton at 3,000 rpm. This is the first of two boats that are being considered by PGS Geophysical for their new fleet of survey craft. Westplast AS have been building GRP boats for over 20 years and cur- rently employ seven people in their Leinøy boatyard. The company has also become involved with building large GRP local art projects in Leinøy. WP950 will be used for sur- vey exploration and recovery work and can carry a crew of four and surveying equipment.
On board electronics include a Seiwa Mk III, black box ecosounder 50/200 khz, black box radar and 20-in. screen, Navman 7200 VHF,
UHF, Autopilot ComNav 1440 and
Compasspoint G2 GPS system.
The craft has a towing force of 2,600 kg, a cable lifter of 20 kg, a 1,500 kg main winch and a secondary winch on the bow. The Twin
UltraJet 305HT jets produce thrust for a top speed of 30 knots so has the ability to get to survey sites quickly. The UltraJet control sys- tem, which is connected to the electronically driven helmsman's seat, gives fingertip control and precise maneuverability at all speeds. vessels
Westplast Seismic Survey Boat.
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