R/V Roger Revelle takes a turn off Scripps Pier July 7. The research vessel had been away for the past year undergoing a mid-life refit in dry dock in Portland, Ore. The refit included addition of a new propulsion system, modernized safety systems, and a ballast water treatment system to prevent invasive marine species from being discharged in ballast water. New diesel engines will cut the ship's emissions by up to two-thirds. This work brings the ship up to date with advances in marine engineering, extending its service life by 15-20 years. The ship will be at UC San Diego’s Nimitz Marine Facility in the San Diego neighborhood of Point Loma through September as technicians reinstall, test, and calibrate scientific instrumentation. The first scientific expedition will be in October off Southern California, said Scripps Oceanography Associate Director and head of ship operations Bruce Appelgate.
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