National Science Foundation West Coast Winch Pool
Scripps Institution of Oceanography maintains the National Science Foundation (NSF) West Coast Winch Pool for the benefit of U.S. ocean scientists. The winch pool is a shared-use facility that procures, maintains, upgrades, and makes available a variety of portable oceanographic winches that are used by scientists aboard a broad range of research vessels. Winches are shared following community-based scheduling methods administered by the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).
The West Coast Winch Pool also serves as a ready source of technical assistance for UNOLS scientists and institutions. We have a licensed engineering staff equipped with state-of-the art analysis tools, and we’re well versed in the design of oceanographic handling systems, as well as pertinent regulations such as UNOLS Safety Standards (including Appendix A and B). Call on us to resolve your engineering issues.
The West Coast Winch Pool also manages the SIO Equipment Pool, another source of portable equipment available for short-term use. The SIO pool includes winches, spooling equipment, portable cranes, and a variety of other gear.
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Dynacon Traction Winch
Heavy-duty oceanographic winch for ROV and towed instrument deployment
TSE Mooring Winch
Used for deploying and recovering deep-sea moorings
Dynacon CTD Winch
Portable winch for deploying CTD rosettes
Fiber-optic slip rings
Required when using .681-inch fiber-optic wire on the Dynacon Traction Winch