Section 3: Ship Specifications

Scientific Support Equipment

A-FRAME - The stern A-frame is hydraulically powered, has a structural safe working load of 10,000 lbs and can lift 6500 lbs. It is generally operated by the scientific party. The maximum working load of the ship's system is determined by the winch pull and is approximately 5000 lbs. The dimensions are 14'9'' wide at the base and 21 feet high.

AFTER STEERING - The after steering console is midship AFT on the 02 level with a view of the fantail. Winch controls and read outs are also available at this station.

ANTENNAS - There are no permanent antennas available for scientific use; however, temporary installations can be made for scientific work. Please contact ship.


BOW THRUSTER - White-Gill-trainable.

COMMUNICATIONS - Message service and phone patches are available through the marine operator. Personal calls can be made through cellular telephone within range. There is weather facsimile equipment on the bridge; however, use must be coordinated with bridge radio and computer. The ship has cellular telephone capabilities. Contact MarFac or ship scheduling for phone numbers.

COMPRESSED AIR - Ship's compressed air is available for pneumatic tools and equipment. Scuba air is not normally available; consult the Diving Office about borrowing a scuba air compressor. Air compressor for airgun work can be installed on deck.

CRANES - A Husky 15' crane 2500 lb capacity is normally installed on the port side after deck. The crane can be used for overside operations or to move equipment under the A-frame for fantail work. A Daybrook crane, which serves as a hydro boom, is also available.

CREW - The ship is manned by a crew of 5: a Principal Boat Operator (Master), 2 Senior Boat Operators, Boat Engineer, and Cook. The first three stand watch. The engineer is "on call"; the engine room is normally unmanned.

CUSTOMS - Shipping equipment to and from foreign ports requires the scientist to deal with two sets of custom officers and rules, theirs and ours. Register your items with U. S. Customs (Form 4455) first. Check and make a list of everything. List the value of each item. Etch or mark serial numbers on each item. Remember: a trip into foreign waters, without touching land, may require dealing with U. S. customs. Check with the Resident Technicians.

DISTILLED WATER - There is no apparatus on board to distill water to chemical standards.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - Normal ship's power is 110 vac. Both 110 vac and 440 vac ac power is available in deck outlets, and 220 vac may be obtained by advance arrangement with the MarFac shop electrician. Scientists with stable power requirement should contact the ship. A limited Uninteruptible Power Supply is available in dry lab.

FRESH WATER - The Robert Gordon Sproul has some capability for making fresh water at sea, and carries a sufficient supply to handle normal conditions.

FREEZER/REFRIGERATOR - There is an 18 cubic foot portable freezer in the wet lab and an 11.5 cubic foot refrigerator in the dry lab.

GASOLINE - Gasoline supplies must be carried in approved portable tanks available at the Marine Facilities. Capacities vary from 110 to 220 gallons.

GYRO - A Gyro compass readout is on the bridge and in the lab.

HYDRAULICS - Hydraulic power is used on cranes and winches onboard. No quick connection fittings exist. If you have portable equipment requiring hydraulic power it can be installed.

LOG, SPEED - Datamarine 3200 rotor log installed with readout on the bridge.

NAVIGATION - The Robert Gordon Sproul has Trimble 10X GPS Magnavox MC1105 SatNav/Omega and Racal-Decca 412 SatNav single channel, Trimble Loran C, Precision GPS, two Furuno (3 cm) radars, gyro, autopilot, bridge fathometer. NMEA 0183-RS422-GGA Nav Sentence is ported to the labs and is available to users for input to scientific data loggers.

SALT WATER- A separate salt water line (separate from fire and flushing system) serves the labs. There is also an uncontaminated salt water system for both wet and dry labs.

SHEAVES & BLOCKS - The ship has a very limited supply of sheaves and blocks. Requirements must be known before sailing to the shop supervisor who will obtain and install the needed equipment.

STATEROOMS - There are two staterooms for scientists, each with 6 berths. Room assignments are made by the chief scientist. Additional space for 2 techs is available in crew's quarters.

TOOLS AND SUPPLIES - The ship has a modest inventory of common tools and hardware for rigging, etc., which are available to the scientific party.

WINCHES - There are a number of winches which can be installed, depending on the type of work planned. The chief scientist must make his requirements known to the shop supervisor. 3/8 inch and 1/4 inch nico press sleeves, thimbles and crimping tools are carried onboard. Terminations for electro-mechanical wires are provided by the users. Slip rings for winches with electro-mechanical wire can be obtained from the resident technicians. The slip rings for the Western Gear CTD are normally mounted on the winch. Digital readouts of tension line, speed, and line out, are available at both operating stations and in the dry lab. See Appendix 1.