NOAAS Rainier (S 221)
NOAAS Rainier (S 221)
|Career (United States)|
|Name:||Rainier (S 221)|
|Namesake:||Mount Rainier in Washington|
|Builder:||Aerojet-General Shipyards, Jacksonville, Florida|
|Acquired:||April 1968 (delivered)|
|Notes:||Served in United States Coast and Geodetic Survey 1968-1970
Served in National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1970-1995 and from 1999
|Class & type:||Fairweather class hydrographic survey ship hydrographic survey ship|
|Tonnage:||1,591 gross register tons
578 net register tons
|Length:||70.4 m (231 ft)|
|Beam:||12.8 m (42 ft) moulded|
|Draft:||5.18 m (17.0 ft) maximum|
|Installed power:||2,400 shp (1.8 MW)|
|Propulsion:||Two 1,200 hp (0.89 MW) General Motors geared diesel engines, 2 shafts, 107,000 US gallons (410,000 L) fuel; one 200 hp (0.15 MW) Detroit Diesel/Bird Johnson geared through-hull bow thruster|
|Speed:||12 to 13 knots (22 to 24 km/h) (cruising)|
|Range:||5,898 nautical miles (10,923 km)|
|Boats & landing
|Five survey launches, two small open boats, one fast rescue boat.|
|Complement:||49 (10 NOAA Corps officers, 4 licensed engineers, and 35 other crew members), plus up to 4 scientists|
|Notes:||Ice-strengthened hull; 300 kilowatts electrical power plus 75-kilowatt emergency generator|
Rainier was built at the Aerojet-General Shipyards in Jacksonville, Florida, the sister ship of NOAA Ship Fairweather (S 220) and retired NOAA Ship Mount Mitchell (S 222). She was launched in March 1967, delivered to NOAA in April 1968, and commissioned in October 1968. She is named for Mount Rainier in the state of Washington.
Rainier's ice-hardened hull is 231 feet (70 m) long. She has 79 bunk spaces. Capacity for 59 people to eat at time can be found in the three mess rooms and officer's wardroom. She carries a complement of 53—10 NOAA Corps officers, four licensed engineers, and 39 other crew members—plus up to four scientists. Seven of the crew are certified NOAA divers.
The deck equipment features a large crane aft, two bow-mounted fixed cranes. This equipment gives the Rainier a lifting capacity of up to 5,000 pounds (2,200 kg). An a-frame aft was removed during the major refit 2009-2010 in favor of a Rolls Royce Moving Vessel Profiler for underway sound velocity determination during mapping missions.
She has one lab of 240 square feet (22 m2) to support oceanographic observations and diving operations. The ship is equipped with an intermediate depth Kongsberg EM710 multibeam survey system. The vessel carries four Jensen aluminum survey launches equipped with Reson shallow multibeam systems. There is a fast survey boat for nearshore operations that uses waterjet propulsion, a general support boat, and a Fast Rescue Boat.
NOAA describes Rainier as "the most productive hydrographic platform in the world."
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- "NOAA Ship RAINIER". May 5, 2004. Retrieved May 9, 2006.