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Ship Description and Specifications

The CAPE HATTERAS is a steel, twin screw (with controllable pitch propellers), diesel engine-propelled, displacement hull, oceanographic research vessel.

Vessel Specifications

Item Specification
Built 1981 by Atlantic Marine Ship Builders, Fort George Island. FL
Registration Number NC-9072P
IMO Number 8023541
Radio Call Sign WDH2987
Classification American Bureau of Shipping as A1 AMS Research Vessel. U.S. Coast Guard Designation as Oceanographic Research Vessel
Hull Steel
Length Overall 135 feet (41m)
Beam 32 feet (9.7m)
Draft, Mean Displacement 10 feet (2.7m)
Displacement, full load 640 long tons
Gross Tonnage 296 GRT, 473 ITC
Net Tonnage 201 NRT, 141 ITC
Speed Cruising – 9 knots, Full – 12 knots
Fuel Capacity 28,695 gallons
Fresh Water Capacity 6,000 gallons
R/O Water-making Capability 40 gallons/hour
Cruising Range 6,000 miles
Endurance 25 days
Complement 27 (8 crew, 1 instructor, 18 students) (or 8 crew, 19 scientists/technicians)
Main Engines Twin Caterpillar diesel, Models 379TA, total 1130HP, Pay and Brinck clutch, controllable pitch propellers.
Ship’s Service Generators Two diesel Caterpillar Model 3406T, 1800 RPM, 175 kW each, primary power 480 VAC, 3 phase, 60 cycle
Secondary Power Voltage 120 VAC single-phase (limited power)
Clean Power Scientific Use 5.0 KVA transformer bank connected delta/delta 120V, single phase
Refrigerated Space Walk-in freezer and chill box provide 200 ft.3 each for ship stores
Rescue/Work Boat Ribcraft, 19’ w/90HP Mercury outboard – 8 person capacity