NOAA SHIP RAINIER CONDUCTING SURVEYS TO UPDATE NAUTICAL CHARTS IN KODIAK ALASKA
From MOC-P Ops:
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ship Rainier, a familiar sight here in Newport, will be departing at approximately 1200 pm today for Kodiak, AK to acquire data as part of an effort to update NOAA’s nautical charting in support of Southwest Alaska’s large fishing fleet, increasing levels of passenger and commercial vessel traffic.
The 231-ft. NOAA Ship Rainier is one of four hydrographic survey ships in the NOAA fleet that conduct hydrographic surveys in support of the nautical charting mission of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. Equipped with global positioning system side-scan sonar, multi-beam survey technology, echo sounders, data acquisition and processing computers, and seven survey launches, the ship is one of the most modern and productive survey platforms of its type in the world.
With a crew of 40, Rainier operates eight to nine months of the year in the coastal waters of Alaska, identifying the location of boulders, wrecks and other hazards to navigation absent from current charts and to verify objects and depths already noted.
Commissioned in 1968, NOAA Ship Rainier has a 45 year history in the NOAA fleet of research ships and aircraft which is now based at the Marine Operations Center- Pacific in Newport. She is operated and managed by commissioned NOAA Corps officers and civilian wage mariners. NOAA Corps is one of seven uniformed services in the United States whose officers have scientific or engineering backgrounds and develop an important blend of operational, managerial, and technical skills that support the agency’s programs at sea, in the air, in space, and ashore.