2002-2003 Science Planning Summary

USAP Research Vessels

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Project Indexes USAP Program overviews Station schedules & overviews Technical Events


Research Vessel/Icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer (NBP)

The vessel, built in 1992, began its second ten-year charter in 2002. It is ice-classed (ABS-A2), and capable of breaking three feet of level ice at three knots. The Palmer accommodates 39 scientists and RPSC staff and normally sails with an operating crew of 25.

There are more than 4,000 sq. ft. of exterior main deck workspace and 7,600 square feet of laboratory space aboard the vessel. The vessel is 308 feet (93.9 meters) long with a beam of 60 feet (18.3 meters) and maximum draft of 19 feet (5.9 meters).

Look for the latest scheduling information on the Internet at http://http://www.usap.gov/USAPgov/vesselScienceAndOperations/documents/nbpsched.pdf.

Research Vessel Laurence M. Gould (LMG)

The vessel begins its sixth year of service to the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) in January 2003. The vessel is on charter to Raytheon Polar Services (the support contractor to the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs) from Edison Chouest Offshore, Galliano Louisiana. The LMG is a 239-foot, ice-classed research vessel. It has a maximum berthing of 28 science personnel, including a minimum of four support staff. Two berthing vans house Palmer Station science and support personnel berthing during south and northbound transits.

During the 2002-2003 season the LMG is scheduled for eleven cruises. These will be a combination of scientific research and supply and personnel runs to Palmer Station and field camps in the Antarctic Peninsula.

Look for the latest scheduling information on the Internet at http://www.usap.gov/vesselScienceAndOperations/documents/lmgsched.pdf



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