Cruise Planning Manual
The R/V Savannah represents a state-of-the-art improvement in seagoing opportunities for Skidaway and for the southeastern United States. Acquisition of the R/V Savannah began with the search for funds in 1996, and culminated with the arrival of our new ship in September 2001.
The R/V Savannah is operated by the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and is a member of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet. The R/V Savannah is ideal for biological, chemical, physical, and geological oceanographic studies in estuarine and continental shelf waters throughout the southeastern US Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.
|Much of the oceanographic instrumentation and scientific equipment aboard the R/V Savannah has been supplied through grants from the National Science Foundation.
| Length (overall) - 92'
|| Beam - 27'
|| Draft (full load) - 8'
| Propulsion and Speed:
Twin 450 BHP Caterpillar diesel engines and a 65 HP tunnel bow thruster
Cruising Speed: 9.5 knots
Endurance: 2400 miles, 10 days
Five crew members and up to 14 research personnel for 24 hour "round the clock" research cruises.
Short educational cruises can accommodate up to 18 individuals including faculty.
| Research and Work Areas:
Fantail Work Area - 606 sq ft
Wet Laboratory - 158 sq ft
Dry Laboratory - 308 sq ft
| A-frame: 17' x 17'
75 degree swing
| J-frame: 15'
50 degree swing
| Crane: Palfinger Marine PK23500ME
Trawl winch - 500 m of 1/2" wire
Hydro winch - Markey hydraulic COM-7H-1.5
Conducting winch - Markey hydraulic COM-7H-1.5
| Science Systems:
ADCP, SBE 32 Carousel with SBE 25 CTD, SCS shipboard flow-through data system with integrated GPS, depth and meterological data, clean sea water, instrument well and fume hood
SAilor 500 Fleet Broadband (FBB) - provides voice, data and email services, cellular phone, VHF radio, DSC VHF radiotelephone, HF/MF SSB radiotelephone.
For information about using the R/V Savannah, contact Michael Richter