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Marine Operations

Specifications

Rainier Specifications (OMAO , pdf, 160.68 KB)

Design Specifications
Designer Maritime Administration
Builder Aerojet-General Shipyards, Jacksonville, FL
Launched March 1967  
Delivered April 1968 
Commissioned October 1968
Length 231 ft.
Breadth 42 ft.
Draft 14.3 ft.
Main Deck to Water 6.6 ft.
Hull Description Welded steel/ice strengthened 
Displacement 1800 tons
Speed & Endurance
Emergency Speed  
Cruising Speed 12 knots
Range 5898 nm
Endurance 22 days
Endurance Constraint Stability
Maximum Complement
Commissioned Officers/Mates 13
Engineers, Licensed 4
Engineer, Unlicensed 6
Deck 16
Survey 10
Stewards 4
Electronic Technicians 1
Maintenance 1
Total Crew 55
Scientists 8
Berthing
Single Staterooms 14
Double Staterooms 13
Four-person Staterooms  6
Total Berths 64
Food Service Seating Capacity
Wardroom 12
Ship’s Officer’s Mess 11
Technician’s Mess 18
Crew’s Mess 18
Ship's Navigational Equipment
Radars (X and S Band) 1 Furuno X-Band and 1 Furuno S-Band 
GPS and DGPS 2 Trimble DMS-212L DGPS Receivers, 1 CSI Wireless MBS-3S DGPS Receiver 
Gyro Compass 2 SG Brown Meridian Gyro Compasses 
Deepwater and Shallow Navigational Echosounders Furuno FE-700 Echosounder
ECDIS TRANSAS 4000
Laboratory Spaces and Other Scientific Spaces
TypeLocationFt.2Description
Wet Lab   D-09-102  240 Supports oceanographic and diving operations
Scientific Data Collection Systems and Supportable Operations
Multibeam Equipped for Hydrographic Surveys
  • 4 Reson 7125 Dual-frequency Multibeam Sonar Systems
  • 1 Reson 8125 Multibeam Sonar System
  • 1 Konsberg EM-710 Multibeam Sonar System
Conductivity, Temp., Depth (CTD) With Water Samples
  • 2 SeaCat SBE-19 CTD’s 
  • 4 SeaCat SBE-19+ CTD’s 
Conductivity, Temp., Depth (CTD) Without Water Samples
  • 2 Digibar Pro Sound Velocimeters 
  • 4 SVP-71 Velocimeters 
  • 1 SVP-70 Velocimeter 
Dive Team Equipped 

Supports working dives, including tide gauge installations, as well as emergency and routine ship repair and maintenance.

Data Collected by the Ship's Scientific Computer System (SCS) in the Standard Configuration
DESCRIPTIONUNITSDATA SOURCE
DPT - Depth of Water with transducer offset     
ZDA - Time and Date (UTC. d. m, yr, TZ)     
VWR - Relative wind speed and angle     
GLL - Geographic Position (Lat/Lon)     
OSD - Own Ship Data (Ship course & speed)     
HDG - Heading (Deviation and Variation)     
MTW - Mean Temp. for Water     
Air Temperature     
Wet Bulb     
Relative Humidity     
Boats
IDTypeHPLengthMax. PersonsComments
RA-1 Rescue Boat (SOLAS Approved) 225 22  6 Fiberglass hull and deck, 2-person aluminum console, high capacity deck drains fitted with scupper trunks, handheld search light 
RA-2 Survey Launch  350 25  6 Designed as a soft riding, stable vessel, this small craft is particularly useful for personnel working with objects close alongside in the water or under the vessel. The intended use is for this vessel is shoreline survey; it is equipped with 2 Trimble ProXRS “backpack” GPS Receivers with TSCe Data Collectors. The vessel is jet driven, allowing exceptional maneuverability over shallow obstructions which would limit traditional propeller driven vessels. 
RA-3 Survey Launch 490 29 10 Fully equipped multibeam acquisition system including Reson SeaBat 7125 sonar (200 kHz and 400 kHz), tilted Reson SeaBat 8125 sonar (455 kHz), and Applanix PosMV position and orientation system. Additionally, launch is equipped with a Furuno GR-80 Differential Beacon Receiver DGPS, a SeaBird CTD, and a SVP-71 Velocimeter. 
RA-4 Survey Launch 490 29 10 Fully equipped multibeam acquisition system including Reson SeaBat 7125 sonar (200 kHz and 400 kHz), and Applanix PosMV position and orientation system. Additionally, launch is equipped with a Furuno GR-80 Differential Beacon Receiver DGPS, a SeaBird CTD, and a SVP- 71 Velocimeter. 
RA-5 Survey Launch 490 29 10 Fully equipped multibeam acquisition system including Reson SeaBat 7125 sonar (200 kHz and 400 kHz), and Applanix PosMV position and orientation system. Additionally, launch is equipped with a Furuno GR-80 Differential Beacon Receiver DGPS, a SeaBird CTD, and a SVP- 71 Velocimeter. 
RA-6 Survey Launch 490 29 10 Fully equipped multibeam acquisition system including Reson SeaBat 7125 sonar (200 kHz and 400 kHz), and Applanix PosMV position and orientation system. Additionally, launch is equipped with a Furuno GR-80 Differential Beacon Receiver DGPS, a SeaBird CTD, and a SVP- 71 Velocimeter. 
RA-7 SAFE Boat 150 19 8 Custom fused polyethylene foam, particularly useful in sub-zero temperatures and in the presences of petroleum products. Coated with pure polyurethane for UV protection and abrasion resistance. 
RA-8 SeaArk 200 19 8 Hull design is advantageous for its shallow draft and inherent stability 
Additional Capabilities
AUS Capable of deployment and recovery of small unmanned aerial systems such as the ScanEagle. No UAS systems are currently carried by Rainier.

Deck Equipment

Crane, Telescopic Boom
Quantity 1
MANUFACTURER North Pacific Crane Co. 
Drive Electrohydraulic 
Boom Length 33 ft.
Lifting Capacity 2,030 lbs.
Location E-Deck Forward, Port & STBD
Crane, Fixed Length
QUANTITY 1
MANUFACTURER Skagit
Drive Electric
BOOM LENGTH 40 ft.
LIFTING CAPACITY 5000 lbs.
LOCATION E-Deck Aft, Amidships
MVP Towfish
QUANTITY 1
MANUFACTURER ODIM
Drive Electric
Sensor CTD 
Location Aft Mast

Anchor - Bow
Quantity 2
Type Bower Stockless 
Weight 4850 lbs.
Port Anchor Chain Length 165 fathoms
Starboard Anchor Chain Length 165 fathoms
Boat Davit
QuantityManufacturerHoist Cap.LocationBoat Type
1 VestDavit 7,900 lbs. F-Deck FRB
1 VestDavit 14,000 lbs. E-Deck Launch
3 VestDavit 19,800 lbs. E-Deck Launch
1 VestDavit 19,266 lbs. E-Deck Launch

Medical Facilities

Emergency and first-aid equipment aboard, administered by trained vessel personnel. Eight (8) trained MPICs (medical person in charge) aboard   

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