Nathaniel B. Palmer (icebreaker)
Icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer, serving the National Science Foundation.
|Name:||RV Nathaniel B. Palmer|
|Owner:||National Science Foundation|
|Operator:||Edison Chouest Offshore, Inc.|
|Builder:||Edison Chouest Offshore, Inc.|
|Identification:|| IMO number: 9007257|
MMSI Number: 200155768
|Length:||93.9 metres (308 ft)|
|Beam:||18.3 metres (60 ft)|
|Depth:||9.1 metres (30 ft)|
Main propulsion: 12,720 hp (9,485 kW)
The Nathaniel B. Palmer is an ice-capable research ship in the service of the U.S. National Science Foundation. It is tasked with extended scientific missions in the Antarctic. The vessel carries a helicopter and about four dozen scientists on expeditions that last for months.
The vessel was purpose-built for the NSF by Edison Chouest Offshore, and was launched in 1992. Edison Chouest continues to own and operate the Palmer, but it is chartered by the NSF.
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- "R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer". National Science Foundation. http://www.nsf.gov/od/opp/support/nathpalm.jsp. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
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