Section 3: Vessel Layout Description

This section is intended as an abbreviated tour of important spaces and equipment, in conjunction with ship arrangement diagrams. Most spaces and equipment of interest to scientists have fuller descriptions in Sections 4 - 6.

Bridge Deck

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 welcome. There will be times, though, such as when entering or leaving a harbor, when visitors are not permitted; check with the officer of the watch. Equipment, controls, and instruments on the bridge are operated only by the crew. Communication with the bridge is by ship's interior-dial or sound-power telephone systems.

CHART/RADIO ROOM - The chart room is located aft of the pilot house. 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. Check with the mate on watch before borrowing any of these items.

Communications equipment is located in the chart room; the mate on watch will operate it and/or assist you to do so. R/V Sally Ride is capable of voice, data, and fax communications through various modes. Persons wishing to use the Fleet broadband system must be aware that this is a commercial system and that they are responsible for charges incurred.


02 Deck

LIFE RAFTS - All four of the ship's life rafts are located on the 02 level forward.

MARINE MAMMAL OBSERVATION AREA - Deck forward of the bridge. Table and bench space on the port side. Power and an MCOS data port, and ability to mount two big-eye binoculars.

RESCUE BOAT - The ship's rescue boat, a semi-rigid type, is located on the 02 deck, port side, and is attached to an Allied D6700FCTS crane.


01 Deck

CAPTAIN'S STATEROOM - The captain's room and office is on the forward starboard side of this deck.

CONFERENCE ROOM/LIBRARY - This area is designated as a quiet space on the ship for reading or studying. Good place for meetings. Food and drink are not allowed in this space, to keep carpeting and upholstery clean.

CRANE - Main crane, Allied TK70-70 on 01 deck. Telescoping knuckleboom, 10,000 lbs at 70 feet extension (sea state 4), 22,000 lbs at 70 feet (sheltered ops).

Portable crane, Allied TK4-30 telescoping knuckleboom, 2,000 lbs at 30 feet extension. Normally carried on 01 deck forward, other locations possible to suit mission.

HYDROGRAPHIC WINCHES - Two Markey CAST6 winches are on the starboard side of this deck. Wires lead over starboard side via Allied crane articulating booms. See WINCHES in section 2 for more details.

STATEROOMS - There are eleven single occupancy staterooms for ship's crew members on this level, plus one double stateroom reserved for ship technician’s. (See Section 9 for specifics.)

WINCH CONTROL - Windowed winch shack is the site of primary control of CTD, hydro, and trawl winches is on the 01 level, with good view of all winches and the starboard-side and aft water entry points. Can also be controlled from a console forward of the winches on the 01 deck, and from a console aft in the main lab.


Focsle Deck

BOATSWAIN LOCKER - The ship's boatswain locker is located all the way forward on the focsle deck.

CHIEF SCIENTIST'S STATEROOM - The chief scientist's room has two bunks plus ample bookshelf, file, and desk space to serve as an office. The room has computer network connections and a shipboard telephone.

(D)AMAGE (C)ONTROL LOCKERS - Amidships on focsle level, contains emergency and fire fighting equipment. This equipment is for emergency use only and should never be removed.

HAZMAT LOCKERS - Two lockers are located amidships just aft of the house. One is for science purposes, and one is for ship supplies such as paint.

INCINERATOR ROOM - The ship normally burns trash once a day, to keep ahead of the accumulation. If your science operations will be compromised by trash burning, please consult with the resident technicians well in advance of your cruise. Depending on the amount of interference and the amounts of trash generated it may prove necessary to carry an extra van to hold trash until it can be burned or otherwise disposed. No trash is thrown overboard in accordance with international regulations.

STATEROOMS - Nine crew single staterooms are on the focsle deck. Ten science staterooms, all with bunk beds, are also on this level, including the chief scientist’s stateroom. (See Section 9: Scientific Berthing Plan for specifics.)


Main Deck

A-FRAME - Located at the stern. A principal means of overboard handling or towing of instruments. Capacity 30,000 lbs dynamic. Lowers forward to deck for access to sheaves.

CAPSTAN - The ship normally carries a portable capstan on the main deck, principally used for mooring lines, available for other line-hauling tasks. Specifics available upon request. It can be situated to mesh with other space constraints and operational requirements.

CLIMATE CONTROL CHAMBER - There are two walk-in temperature-controlled chambers, one accessible from the main lab and one from the wet lab.

DECK - There is approximately 3,036 sq ft of open deck space. See ship schematics for more details.

All main deck areas are fitted with a standard 2' x 2', 1" NC thread bolt-down pattern.

ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONICS SHOP - Forward of the wet lab is a shop and tool/parts storage area for the ship's electrician.

COMPUTER LAB - On the port side, forward of the main lab, is the site of the deck electronics, ship servers, satellite control, acquisition computers, and display array for the ship scientific data, nav, and satellite info.

GALLEY & CAFETERIA - The mess hall is located on the port side. For safety and public health reasons only the cooks and other authorized crew members are permitted in the galley food preparation area. Food is served cafeteria style. (See Section 8 for more details on mess hall hours and practices.)

HOSPITAL - There is 1 bunk and various medical supplies. (See Section 7 for more on medical matters.)

LAUNDRY - All the way forward amidships, there are two washers and two dryers. Also storeroom for toilet paper, soap, etc.

MAIN LAB - (See LABORATORY SPACES in section 4). The wall of monitors is located in the forward part of the main lab, and is usually where science parties set up their watch station spaces. Hazmat locker available for smaller quantities.

MUD ROOM - Just forward of the wet lab are lockers for foul weather gear, boots, work vests, and hard hats. Emergency shower and eye wash station. Access to a head.

SHIP'S LOUNGE - Located amidships, forward of the main lab is the lounge. This space contains a TV, DVD player, and a selection of DVDs and board games.

STAGING BAY - A high-overhead sheltered (not weatherproof) work space with roll-down doors starboard and aft.

STATEROOM (ADA) - Forward of the hospital, on the starboard side. One bunk bed and one single. Head.

WET LAB - (See LABORATORY SPACES in section 4).

WORK BOAT - Depending on how many vans are carried, and in what locations, the ship's work boat in its relocatable cradle may be situated on the 01 level aft, port side. The cradle is difficult to relocate at sea. Please pre-plan. (See BOATS in Section 4.)


1st Platform

ENGINEERING SPACES AND SERVICES - These are off-limits to scientific party members except by permission of the chief engineer or the duty engineer, especially when cruising. They can be dangerous at any time, due to the possible hazard of noise, oil, grease, or lubricants underfoot.

All questions of an engineering nature and requests for services or help should go to the chief engineer or engineer on watch in port; at sea requests for assistance should go via the bridge. Engineers are helpful and knowledgeable, but they can assist scientists only after completion of their regular duties.

MACHINERY CONTROL ROOM - Propulsion machinery and electrical plant controls.

SCIENCE STOREROOM - Starboard side, hatch just outside staging bay on main deck.

TRANSCEIVER ROOM - Accessed from the forward stairwell, this room houses deck boxes and acquisition systems from various scientific instrumentation, as well as the multibeam receivers. See a computing resources technician if adjustments or integrations with these systems are necessary.

TRAWL WINCH ROOM - This room contains the Markey two-drum main traction winch system, and fairleads by which wires can be led to the A-frame.

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