RV Rachel Carson (2003)

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Name: R/V Rachel Carson
Namesake: Rachel Carson
Launched: 2003[1]
Status: Active
General characteristics [2]
Type: Oceanographic Research Vessel
Tonnage: 430 GT
Length: 135 ft (41 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10 m)
Draft: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Installed power: 2 × 150 kW (200 hp) Northern Lights generators
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Range: 15,000 nmi (28,000 km; 17,000 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph)

R/V Rachel Carson is a research vessel owned and operated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), named in honor of the marine biologist and writer Rachel Carson.

Ship history[edit]

The ship was built in 2003 as an offshore supply and towing vessel, and was first operated by Lytal Enterprises Inc. as the Lytal Team.[1] After Lytal was acquired by Odyssea Marine Inc. in January 2006[3] she was renamed Odyssea Team.[1]

The ship was acquired by MBARI in mid-2011 to replace the research vessels Zephyr and Point Lobos, and outfitted to operate ROVs and AUVs, and to conduct CTD sampling.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Rachel Carson - Details and Position". marinetraffic.com. 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "R/V Rachel Carson Specifications". mbari.org. 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "About Us". Odyssea Marine. 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Vessels and Vehicles - R/V Rachel Carson". mbari.org. 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.