R/V Oceanus (from http://ceoas.oregonstate.edu/oceanus/)

The research vessel (R/V) Oceanus is owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by Oregon State University. Oceanus was transferred to OSU from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in March 2012 to replace its sister ship, R/V Wecoma.

More about the transfer of Oceanus to Oregon State.

Oceanus is a mid-sized research vessel designed for expeditions lasting two to four weeks. It was delivered to Woods Hole in November 1975, and its first scientific voyage was made in April 1976. In 1994, the ship underwent a major mid-life refit, which included the construction of a new deck house and new pilot house, along with increases in laboratory space and accommodations for scientists. Oceanus accommodates a crew of 12 and a scientific party of 13 for up to 30 days at sea.

The ship was designed by John W. Gilbert Associates of Boston and constructed by Peterson Builders of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Its name is drawn from Greek mythology. The Titan Oceanus, father of the river gods and sea nymphs, was represented as a great stream of water encircling the Earth. Oceanus was believed to be the source of all bodies of water.

Outfitted with three winches and a crane, Oceanus 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. Oceanus spent most of its time working in the North Atlantic, with occasional trips to the Mediterranean, South Atlantic, and Caribbean.


Built: 1975
Length: 177 feet (54 m)
Draft: 17.5 feet (5.3 m)
Displacement: 960 LT
Range: 7,000 NM
Laboratories: 1,185 sq. feet
Speed: 11.0 knots cruising
Endurance: 30 days
Fuel Capacity: 48,000 gallons
Mid-Life Overhaul: 1994
Beam: 33 feet (10 m)
Gross Tons: 260.68 T
Deck Area: 2,150 sq. feet
Complement: Crew - 12
Scientists - 13
Technicians - 1
Main Engine: One EMD diesel engine, 3,000 SHP
Bow Thruster: White Gill 350 HP trainable
Ship Service Generators: Two 300 KW 480 VAC
3-phase, 60 hertz
Propeller: Single screw, controllable pitch,
Kort steering nozzle
Winches: Trawl - 30,000\' 9/16" wire, 0.68" fiber optic
Hydro - 33,000\' 3-cond. EM or 1/4" wire
Heavy Equipment: Crane - hydraulic, 40,000 lb. capacity
Stern A-frame
Midships hydro boom
Sewage System: Two holding tanks; 12,000 gallon capacity
Ownership: Title held by NSF; operated under charter party contract
Radio Call Sign: WXAQ, monitoring VHF-FM channels 13 and 16
Cellular Phone# at-sea: 541-207-5986
IRIDIUM Phone# at-sea: 011-881-641-413-524
Other Features: Removable bulwarks, air conditioning, inflatable boat, space for three 20 ft. vans

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