RV Wecoma

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Career (USA)
Name: Wecoma
Owner: National Science Foundation
Operator: Oregon State University, College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences
In service: 1975
Refit: 1994
Homeport: Newport, Or
General characteristics
Tons burthen: 1150 long tons
Length: 184.5 ft (56.4 m)
Beam: 33 ft (10.1 m)
Draft: 18.5 ft (5.6 m)
Propulsion: Diesel, controllable pitch propeller
Speed: 12 knots (14 knots max)
Range: 7,200 nautical miles
Endurance: 30 days
Capacity: 60 long ton
Complement: 13 civilian mariners, 18 scientific party
Armament: none

The R/V Wecoma is a research vessel owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) as a member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.[1] Its is based in Newport in the U.S. state of Oregon near OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center.[2] Launched in 1975, it has a maximum displacement of 1,150 long tons (1,168 t).[2]

The 184.5-foot (56.2 m) ship is equipped with 1,174 square feet (109.1 m2) of laboratory space to support up to 18 scientists at sea. It has a variety of equipment permanently installed, and optional additional equipment available on request, to measure and analyze navigational data; surface atmospheric conditions; sea surface temperature, salinity, fluorescence; bottom depth; dissolved oxygen titration; solar radiation; GPS time; bioacoustics; and geological sampling. The range of depths of submerged equipment varies from 3,000 to 6,000 metres (9,800 to 20,000 ft). The vessel can support diving operations, radioactive isotope materials, and explosive materials.[3]


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Coordinates: 44°37′32″N 124°02′41″W / 44.625679°N 124.044826°W / 44.625679; -124.044826