RV Rachel Carson (2008)
|Operator:||University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science|
|Builder:||Hike Metal Products, Wheatley, Ontario|
|Christened:||November 16, 2008|
|General characteristics |
|Length:||81 ft (25 m) o/a|
|Beam:||18 ft (5.5 m)|
|Draft:||4 ft 8 in (1.42 m)|
|Installed power:||Two MTU 10V 2000 M-72 diesel engines, 2 × 1,205 hp (899 kW)|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph)|
|Capacity:||Up to 5 persons overnight; maximum of 30 for educational cruises|
The 81-foot aluminum-hulled vessel is an extended and modified Challenger class fast research vessel, designed by marine architect Roger Long. It is equipped with twin 1,200 horsepower diesel engines and water jet drives which give a maximum speed of 24 knots. A dynamic positioning system automatically maintains the vessel's position.
The Rachel Carson has operated in Chesapeake Bay since early 2009, teaching estuarine sampling techniques, carrying out water quality surveys, plankton collection, box coring operations, and deploying instrument packages.
- "Rachel Carson : Specifications and Equipment". University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- "Research Vessel Design". JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers. 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- "The R/V Rachel Carson". University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
- "New R/V Rachel Carson Commissioned". Chesapeake Quarterly. 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2012.