NOAA Research Vessel Rainier, arriving in Newport, Sunday
Rainier tied up next to R/V Bell M Shimada and R/V Fairweather at NOAA docks
R/V Rainier Photo: Barbara Dudley
R/Vs Shimada, Rainier, Fairweather Photo: Wayne Hoffman
Here’s some information on the Rainier, courtesy of Wayne Hoffman.
NOAA Research Vessel Rainier entered Yaquina Bay this morning and docked at the new NOAA homeport facility. She joined the RV Bell M Shimada and RV Fairweather at the new pier, so for the first time the facility has three NOAA vessels simultaneously. The Rainier is a hydrographic survey vessel, a sister ship of the Fairweather. Both are 231 feet long, with a beam of 42 feet, 15.5 foot draft, and displace 1591 tons. Both were built in Jacksonville, Florida in 1967, and commissioned in 1968. They can cruise at 12kt, with a range of 6000 nautical miles. Both are equipped with sophisticated multibeam sonar systems, both in the main ships and their survey launches.
The Rainier carries a complement of 10 officers, 4 engineers, 35 crews, and up to a maximum of 4 scientists and technicians – more crew and fewer scientists than the Fairweather. She carries 5 aluminum survey launches. Shortly after arriving this morning the survey launches were offloaded.
The Rainier is now home-based in Newport, one of four NOAA vessels based here. The Bell M Shimada was the first NOAA ship to visit the new MOC-P homeport facility, and returned for an extended stay in early September. The other two vessels home-ported here are the 215’ fisheries research vessel Miller Freeman and the 224’ Oceanographic Research Vessel MCArthur II. We look forward to their arrival. The Fairweather is home-ported in Ketchikan, Alaska, and works primarily in Alaskan nearshore waters.