R/V Cape Hatteras
In spring of 2013 the college purchased the R/V Cape Hatteras from the National Science Foundation. This ship has a 30 year pedigree of providing a platform for ocean research science.
R/V Martech I
Marine Technology’s estuarine research vessel is a 53’ diesel powered aluminum catamaran. For the past 10 years the R/V Martech has enhanced our program in its duel role as floating Marine Science classroom and as a platform for practical seamanship.
Whether surveying the Cape Fear River at Wilmington, or collecting water samples along the Intracoastal Waterway near Wrightsville Beach, this versatile vessel makes for a unique learning experience.
Onboard classes expose students to biological collecting with otter trawl and plankton net, as well as physical science data collecting using Niskin bottles, side-scan sonar, echo-sounder and meteorological instrumentation. At the same time students are keenly aware of being shipboard: practicing navigation, marlinspike and helmsmanship skills.
The department owns two of these 22-foot Atlantic Skiffs which are powered with 150hp Evinrude outboards. They are used for Boat Handling & Seamanship classes in the fall and in the Fishing Gear Technology II classes in the summer semester.
Our fleet (4 boats) of 18 foot Jon boats are powered by 30hp outboards. They are used for Boat Handling & Seamanship classes in the fall. In the summer they are used to survey the Cape Fear River for Hydrographic Surveying classes.
This vessel is a 26-foot Navy Surplus Motor Whale Boat powered by a 30hp Westerbeke diesel. The Slider is used for Boat Handling & Seamanship classes every fall semester.