JOIDES Resolution

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JOIDES Resolution in 2009
JOIDES Resolution
History
 Cyprus
Name: JOIDES Resolution
Operator: International Ocean Discovery Program
Port of registry: Limassol, Cyprus
Builder: Halifax Shipyard in Nova Scotia, Canada
Launched: 1978
Renamed: 1985
Refit: 2009
Homeport: None
Identification: 5BMM3
Nickname(s): JR
General characteristics
Class and type: A1 E Drilling Unit AMS ACCU
Type: Ocean-going Drilling Vessel
Tonnage: 9719 ST[clarification needed]
Displacement: 9479-18,720 ST
Length: 470.5 ft
Beam: 70 ft
Height: 202 ft
Ice class: 1B
Installed power: 9000 hp
Endurance: 75 Days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
4
Complement: 129
Crew: 60 + 59 Scientists/Technicians
Drillship JOIDES Resolution in 1988

JOIDES Resolution (Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling), often abbreviated JR, is one of two scientific drilling ships used by the International Ocean Discovery Program (the other being the Japanese drilling vessel Chikyu). The JR was previously the main research ship used in the Ocean Drilling Program and was used along with the Chikyu throughout the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program. She is the successor of Glomar Challenger.

The ship was launched as Sedco/BP 471, an oil exploration vessel. She was later converted for scientific use and began working for the ODP in January 1985.

JOIDES Resolution returned to active service in February 2009 following an extensive renovation of her laboratory facilities and crew quarters.

Onboard facilities[edit]

Core laboratories[edit]

JOIDES Resolution is equipped with various research laboratories to allow the shipboard scientists to conduct research at sea as soon as the cores are recovered.[1] The space includes facilities for visual core descriptions, microscopes for petrological and sediment analysis, instrumentation for measuring physical properties, and equipment for cutting and sectioning samples from rock and sediment cores. Other scientific infrastructure includes laboratories for paleomagnetism, geochemistry, microbiology, and paleontology. On-board analytical facilities includes X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, gas chromatographs, and spectrophotometry, among others.

Other facilities[edit]

In addition to the laboratories and technical resources, JOIDES Resolution contains a conference room, offices, cabins for members of the crew and science parties, a galley and mess hall. A gym, movie room, and lounge with a small library are provided for recreation of the crew and science teams.

IODP accomplishments[2][edit]

Expeditions completed Operations days Miles traveled Sites visited Holes drilled Cores recovered
21 1032 67,101 74 217 4,264
Northernmost site Southernmost site Shallowest water depth Deepest water depth Deepest hole Total core recovered
67 deg N 66.4 deg S 95.5 m 4,479 m 1,507 m 29,299 m

ODP Accomplishments[edit]

Expeditions completed Operations days Miles traveled Sites visited Holes drilled Cores recovered
111 6,591 355,781 669 1,797 35,772
Northernmost site Southernmost site Shallowest water depth Deepest water depth Deepest hole Total core recovered
80.5 deg N 70.8 deg S 37.5 m 5,980 m 2,111 m 222,704 m

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://iodp.tamu.edu/labs/ship.html
  2. ^ http://iodp.tamu.edu/publicinfo/ship_stats.html

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