U.S. Coast Guard Chaplain Cdr. Kevin Bedford, Advisory Council Member (L-R) and Vice President of Batelle Laboratories Sally Yozell, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent Craig MacDonald, 10th District Representative for Rep. William Delahunt Corinne Young, NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program Director Daniel J. Basta, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Timothy Keeney and NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program Deputy Director for Vessels, Aircraft and Safety Ted Lillestolen look on as NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Member and Executive Director of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Richard Wheeler christens the new NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Research Vessel Auk on Aug. 22, 2006. (Photo credit: NOAA) The new NOAA Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Research Vessel Auk. (Photo credit: NOAA) of 20 knots and has a fuel capacity of 600 gallons. The vessel holds both wet and dry labs, a dive ladder, A-frame and winch. Assisting scientists in their understanding of the ecosystem of the Stellwagen Bank region and key species located within the sanctuary will be a major role for the sanctuary's new vessel. The Auk's shallow draft and stability make it ideal for research cruises in areas with feeding whales, including endangered hump- backs, finbacks and northern right whales. The vessel has the ability to deploy and tow scientific equipment through its 2,000-lb. A-frame and knuckle crane. In addition, a state-of-the-art dive air system will allow NOAA scientists better access to the underwater environment. The vessel operates with a crew of two, and can accommodate a research group of 12 for day trips or four scientists for extended overnight missions. USACE, Navigation Survey Branch of the Charleston Dist. Builder: SeaArk Type: Survey Vessel SeaArk Marine, Inc. delivered a 42-ft. Dauntless Class Survey Vessel to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Navigation Survey Branch of the Charleston District. The vessel, The Evans, is tasked with conducting hydrographic surveys in Charleston, Georgetown and Port Royal harbors, as well as other navigable waters throughout the Charleston, SC District. The craft will also be involved in Environmental Management Program projects and regulatory inspections of harbors and waterways. The SeaArk 42-foot Dauntless is constructed of all-welded marine grade aluminum. The state of the art design incorporates a 2-man climate controlled pilothouse and aft survey cabin. Vessel enhancements include a fully integrated Furuno NavNet system and a comprehensive array of survey equipment. Crew accommodations include hydraulic/suspension seating, marine head, potable water, stove, microwave and refrigerator. The main propulsion engines are twin Cummins QSC 8.3M diesels, each rated Owner: December, 2006 · MarineNews · 25
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