Section 3: Vessel Layout Description

03 DECK (Flying Bridge)

03 DECK and TOP OF AFT CONTROL SHACK - These decks are the highest of the ship and are generally not used for scientific purposes due to their remote locations and the multitude of antennas fastened to them. When necessary, these decks are ideal for spotting objects in the ocean because of the 360-degree visibility. Space is provided on top of the aft control shack for the rigging of scientific antennas. If an antenna must be positioned higher up or elsewhere on the vessel, special arrangements should be made with the captain.

02 DECK (Bridge Level)

BRIDGE or PILOTHOUSE - This is the nerve center of a ship. From this area the ship is navigated, conned, maneuvered and otherwise operated in such a manner as to accomplish the goals of the cruise safely and effectively. Additionally, operational aspects of the engineering department and the scientific party are monitored by the bridge watch officer. The watch officer maintains a log which records the date, time and position of all scientific events. A copy of this log is given to chief scientists and others who request it at the end of the cruise. Visitors to the bridge are generally allowed. There will be times, though, such as entering or leaving a harbor, when visitors are not permitted; check with the officer of the watch.

CHART ROOM - The chart room is located to port just aft of the bridge. The progress of the ship is plotted on charts in this room. It is also where the ship's inventory of charts and navigational publications are stowed and maintained. Some important texts on navigation, seamanship, meteorology and nautical information in general are stowed here, in addition to user manuals for most of the ship's installed equipment. Check with the mate on watch before borrowing any of these items. The chart room also houses the ship's medical supplies.

COMMUNICATIONS CENTER - The communications center is tucked into a corner of the passageway leading aft from the bridge to the open area of the 02 deck. Most communications with shore-side facilities take place in this area. New Horizon is capable of voice, data and fax communications through various modes. Most communications are routed through UCSD's radio station WWD at no charge. Persons wishing to use the Inmarsat system must be aware that this is a commercial system and that they are responsible for charges incurred. Presently, all facsimiles must be sent via either Inmarsat or Cellular.

AFT CONTROL ROOM (WINCH SHACK) - When the ship is on station and over-the-side work is in progress the ship will generally be controlled and maneuvered from this room. The room contains the same engine and rudder controls and some of the navigation equipment found on the bridge and in the chart room. The location of this room permits the officer on watch to observe the proceedings on the fantail or at the hydro station and still control the ship in the required manner. The aft control room also houses the controls for the hydraulic system and winches. The hydro, CTD and trawl winches and starboard J-frame are operated from this room. A member of the ship's crew will operate the winches.

OPEN DECK - This open, exposed deck is generally not used for scientific purposes. Occasionally, though, groups will set up small systems or pieces of gear on this deck such as salt-water incubators. Several deck boxes contain pieces of ship's gear such as an inflatable boat and exposure suits. Mostly though, this deck is utilized by those of an athletic bent as there is also a locker containing exercise equipment.


FOREDECK - This foremost weather deck takes the brunt of the wind and seas when the ship is steaming. During inclement weather this deck is secured due to the danger of boarding seas. This deck is not suitable for scientific work other than the occasional taking of an air sample and it is not available for the stowage of scientific gear. The ship's ground tackle is located on this deck. This area is off limits to visitors when the bow watch is set on entering or leaving a harbor.

01 DECK AFT (Winch Deck) - The exposed after portion of the 01 deck supports the ship's three winches (hydro, CTD and trawl) and the stack. The gangway access is at the forward, starboard corner of this deck. There is an open space on the port side forward of the stack large enough to accommodate a standard 8'X 8'X 20' shipping or lab van. This area is equipped with standard 1" deck boltdowns on two-foot centers. The following hook-ups are available: fresh and salt water, compressed air, hydraulic and a variety of electrical connections.

STATEROOMS - The enclosed space of the 01 deck is devoted mainly to cabins. The captain and mates are berthed on this deck, as are the chief scientist and up to six other scientists.

UPPER LAB - Aft of the berthing area on the 01 deck is the upper lab. The perimeter of the lab is lined with 30-inch-deep counter tops with cupboards and drawers underneath and there is about 230 square feet of open deck space. The electronics and processors for the ADCP, XBT and SAIL systems are located in this lab. Anemometer, gyro and winch readouts are provided in the port forward corner. While this lab can support a number of operations, most groups use it for PC's and other electronics that require a dry environment.


RIGGING LOCKERS - There are two rigging lockers on the main deck: the boatswain's locker located all the way forward and the paint locker on the port side of the fantail below the stack. These lockers contain hardware and supplies utilized by the crew in the maintenance of the ship. These lockers also contain portable securing devices such as cleats and eyebolts for use with the 1" deck boltdown pattern. The Resident Technician or a crew member will assist you in their use if necessary.

LAUNDRY - In the passageway forward of the mess deck is a clothes washer and dryer and a deep sink. These machines are used by all on board on a first-come basis. The only request is for users to do full loads of laundry so as to conserve fresh water. Laundry detergent is provided. A laundry sack is stationed in this area to collect soiled sheets and towels from the ship's supply.

GALLEY - The galley and messing area are just aft of the laundry. The galley and its storerooms are on the port side of the ship. For safety and public health concerns only the cooks and other authorized crew members are permitted in this area.

MESS DECK - The mess deck is on the starboard side abreast of the galley and library. Seating can accommodate 17 persons at one time. Overflow seating is available in the ship's library adjacent to the mess deck. With large scientific parties two seatings may be necessary at meal times. (See Meals in Section VII Shipboard Organization).

LIBRARY - The ship's library is primarily for relaxing, reading books and viewing videos. In addition to books, magazines, VCR and TV, the room is equipped with chairs, a large table and a large dry-erase board. The room doubles as a conference room and is frequently used for scientific meetings. These meetings have priority over other activities in this room. Donations of books and/or magazines are always appreciated. At the end of a cruise please be sure to return all borrowed reading material and ship's videos to the library.

MAIN LAB - This 405-square-foot space is located in the mid-section of the ship on the port side. It is outfitted with a number of benches and countertops with ample storage in the form of shelves, drawers and cabinets. These benches and counters are modular and can be rearranged and removed as necessary to accommodate particular scientific needs. Upon leaving, the scientific party is responsible for returning the lab to its standard configuration. Installed facilities include a fume hood, a deep sink with fresh and uncontaminated sea water, compressed air, 110 vac and clean and regulated power. This dry lab is well suited for a wide variety of scientific uses. Securing systems include threaded deck sockets on two-foot centers and unistruts in the bulkheads and overheads also on two-foot centers. On the inboard bulkhead of the main lab is a small alcove containing instrumentation for various shipboard systems. It is sort of a "lab watch" station. From this area one can communicate with the bridge and other parts of the ship. Precision recorders which can control all three deep-sea sounding systems are here. Other instrumentation includes gyro repeater, anemometer, doppler speed, winch readouts and rudder and propellor pitch indicators.

WET LAB - The wet lab encloses about 160 square feet of space and is used primarily for the processing of water samples from hydro and CTD casts. This space can be accessed from the main lab or the forward starboard side of the fantail. Installed facilities include a deep sink and a desk-height counter. Unistrut securing channels are attached to the bulkheads.

OCEAN LAB - The ocean lab is "L" shaped, encloses about 355 square feet and leads from the aft end of the main lab to the fantail. The fantail is accessed through a large double door which facilitates the movement of bulky pieces of gear between the labs and fantail. A ladder at the forward end leads to the scientific hold and the lower lab. Like the main lab it is equipped with modular benches and countertops which may be reconfigured or removed if necessary. Installed facilities include two sinks, fresh and seawater, compressed air, fume hood and a variety of power sources. Securing systems are threaded deck sockets and unistrut channels in the bulkheads and over-heads, all on two-foot centers.

FANTAIL - The fantail is "L" shaped and has approximately 2,000 square feet of open working space. A 12'X38' section along the starboard side runs from the midship area to the break of the house aft. The after portion of the fantail is about 34'X47'. Securing systems are threaded sockets in the deck on two-foot centers, bolt holes on the caprail on one-foot centers and a variety of fixed cleats on the bulwarks. Scientific wire access between all three main deck labs and the weather deck is provided. Weight-handling gear includes a permanently installed crane on the starboard side and a movable capstan. Smaller portable cranes are available upon request. For over the side work there is a stern-mounted A-frame and a J-frame amidships on the starboard side. The minimum width below the A-frame is the stern gate which is 12 feet across. The J-frame is located adjacent to the wet lab. A 10-foot gate can be opened below the J-frame by removing five timbers. At the forward starboard end of the fantail, and adjacent to the wet lab, is a walk-in chill box/freezer. Inside, are about 40 square feet of space and some modular shelves. The temperature is controllable from room temperature down to -10 degrees. The space is air tight; an oxygen sensor is available and required for prolonged work inside the chill box. Deployed about the perimeter of the fantail are a number of stations providing the following: fresh and seawater, compressed air, hydraulic power and a variety of power sources.


STATEROOMS - The forward half of the A-deck is devoted to cabins. The balance of the crew is berthed on this deck. Up to ten scientific personnel can be berthed on this deck in five double-occupancy rooms.

LOWER LAB - The lower lab is a passageway from the berthing spaces to the machine shop and scientific hold. It can be isolated by doors at both ends and scientific groups frequently use it as a dark room (be advised, though, the ship does not carry photographic supplies or equipment). There are about 75 square feet of open space and the outboard sides are lined with counter tops. The starboard side has a built-in deep sink.

MACHINE SHOP & SCIENTIFIC HOLD - Aft of the lower lab is a space that stretches the breadth of the ship. The port half is the machine shop, where the on-duty engineer generally stands his watch. A hatch in the aft bulkhead of the machine shop leads into the engine room. The starboard side of the space is the scientific hold. There are about 90 square feet of deck space in this area and most users stow empty boxes a nd packing materials here after setting their gear in the labs. It can also be used to stow supplies needed on a cruise. There is a 6'X8' flush deck hatch in the overhead that gives access to the starboard side of the main deck. Due to its size, weight and proximity to boarding seas this hatch can not be opened at sea. There is a ladder against the forward bulkhead leading to the ocean lab.