Vessel Specifications and Capabilities

Researchers on the RV Agassiz

The RV Agassiz is powered by twin 200-horsepower Volvo Penta diesel engines, and can achieve a top speed of 24 mph with a cruising range of 250 miles. The vessel meets U.S. Coast Guard guidelines for safety and emergency equipment, and carries life jackets, an emergency radio beacon, and a 20-person life raft.

The vessel features a forward cuddy cabin with a marine head and ample storage space, a pilothouse with room for the captain and five-person vessel/scientist crew, and an aft deck for passenger seating and sampling activities.

The pilothouse features state-of-the-art Furuno navigation, with radar, GPS, electronic charting, and a depth sounder. Dual marine radios and a cell phone support on-board communication needs.

A science station is located in the aft portion of the pilothouse, with the ability to accommodate computer-supported sampling equipment. The work deck occupies more than half of the vessel’s length, and—with its 13-foot beam—can support both staging and sampling activities.

Work Deck Features

The work deck is outfitted with two winches and davits for deployment of oceanographic sampling equipment.

The port winch is equipped with a data cable/slip ring to provide realtime data and power for subsurface instrument and sensors.

The starboard winch is designed to handle wire cable, and will be used to deploy water bottles, plankton and fish nets, benthic dredges, and sediment-coring devices. A sturdy work platform attached to the stern will facilitate the handling of heavy equipment. The work deck can also accept a 30-foot telescoping mast, which can house a sampling platform for monitoring air quality conditions.