R/V Rachel Carson Specifications

Design Characteristics
Official number 1148845
IMO 8983210
Gross tonnage 430 GT ITC; 172 GRT
Length (LOA) 41.1m (135 ft.)
10.4m (34 ft.)
2.7m (9 ft.)
Horsepower 1574 HP (787 HP each main engine)
Bow thruster
384 HP
10 knots
15,000 NM @ 10 knots
Fuel Capacity 200,626 liters (53,000 gal.)
Lube Oil
3,028 liters (800 gal.)
4,542 liters (1200 gal.)

General arrangement Carson_sails_away_crop

On standard day trips, the maximum number of science/engineering crew is 10. The number of crew and pilots or AUV technicians will vary depending on the mission. Generally there will be five ship’s crew. Two ROV pilots will be onboard for ROV dives and/or two AUV technicians for AUV missions. For CTD missions a CTD technician will be required.
On overnight trips, the total number of passengers and crew must equal 12.  Usually 5 crew members will be required, leaving 7 available bunks for ROV pilots, AUV technicians and scientists/engineers.

Engine Machinery
Main engines Two Caterpillar 3412
Bow thruster engine Caterpillar 3126
Reduction gears Two twin disc
Gen sets  Two Northern Lights
Air compressors Two Quincy reciprocating
Hydraulic systems Two independent redundant systems for cranes, capstan, steering

Deck Machinery
ROV crane One PM42
Sea crane One AK25
Capstan One capstan
Anchor One 480 Markey Anchor Windlass
Tether management system One McCartney MASH winch

Safety Equipment
Hose stations Four fixed sea water hose stations (2 deck, 2 engine room)
EPIRB 1 ACR 121.5/406MHZ
Life raft One Viking 25-person

Call Sign WDF9370
VHF Three Icom (Ic M50Z)
Telex One Ship Board Comms System, cw telex BTR 200 wireless
Loud Hailer One Raytheon Ray 410
Radar One Furuno FR-151D 72-mile radar
GPS One Trimble 4000DL Differential GPS
Radar Furuno 1934C-BB 48 nm radar
Color video plotter Furuno GD1920C-BB
Automatic Digital Direction Finder (ADDF) Taiyo TD-L1630
SSB radio telephone Furuno FS 1503
Gyro compass Sperry Navigat 2100 fiber optic gyro compass
Transponder Furuno U-AIS transponder FA-1501
Satellite compass Furuno SC 50
Marine weather receiver Furuno BBWX1
Echo sounder Furuno LS 6100
Navtex receiver NCR-330