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Cruise Planning Manual
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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.

Length - 92 ft (overall) Beam - 27 ft Draft - 8 ft (full load)
Propulsion: Twin 450 BHP Caterpillar diesel engines and a 55 HP tunnel bow thruster
Cruising Speed: 9.5 knots
Endurance: 2400 miles, 10 days, 24-HR operations
Complement: Five crew members and up to 16 research personnel
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
Communications: SA for 500 Fleet Broadband (FBB) - provides video, data and email services, cellular phone VHF radio, DSC VHF radiotelephone, HF/MF SSB radiotelephone
A-frame: 17 ft x 17 ft; 75 degree swing
J-frame: 15 ft; 50 degree swing
Crane: Palfinger Marine PK23500ME
Winches: Trawl winch - 500 m of 12 in wire
Hydro winch - Markey hydraulic COM-7H-1.5
Conducting winch - Markey hydraulic COM-7H-1.5
Research Work Areas: Fantail work area - 606 sq ft
Wet laboratory - 158 sq ft
Dry laboratory - 308 sq ft



Much of the oceanographic instrumentation and scientific equipment aboard the R/V Savannah has been supplied through grants from the National Science Foundation.


For information about using the R/V Savannah, contact John Bichy, email





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