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New department vessel will support teaching and research activities

The newly arrived R/V Ten-Ten

At the beginning of 2010, the Director of the Oceanography Department, Dr. Marco Salamanca and Dr. Billy Ernst, an academic from this department, met to study the design alternatives available in Chile and abroad for a small, transportable, coastal vessel to complement the activities of the L/C Kay Kay II in the most coastal areas and at lower operating costs.

The main objective of this new vessel will be to support the teaching and research work of undergraduate and graduate students in the Oceanography Department. In second place, this vessel is to aid in the development of the research projects of academics and students.

A North American design (based on a Maine lobster boat) was eventually chosen for its versatility, nautical attributes, deck space, and overall costs; this vessel was built in Chile. A similar boat used south off the Guaitecas, around continental Chiloé, and the Desventuradas Islands proved to be well-suited to these areas. All the equipment on this vessel was imported from Seattle, USA.

Christened R/V Ten Ten, the general design characteristics are:

  • Total length: 7.7 m
  • Breadth: 2.4 m
  • Draught: 0.75 m
  • Approx. weight: 2000 kg
  • Fuel capacity: app. 230 L
  • Estimated cruise speed: 14 kn
  • Estimated maximum speed: 20 kn
  • Onboard motor: 110 hp Volvo

Principle equipment: The L/C Ten Ten has a GPS system, echosounder, Lowrance radar, VHF radio, navigation lights, nautical compass, an oceanic lifeboat for 6, three self-inflating lifevests, horn, toilet-WC, an independent oil pressure system (9 hp Honda motor) for operating a hydraulic winch, 330 m of stainless steel cable (3.9 mm), and a mast and boom for operating minor fishing and oceanographic equipment.