The Sally Ride, a Neil Armstrong Class auxiliary general oceanographic research (AGOR) vessel, was dry-docked at Bay Ship & Yacht in California on 15 April 2017, the company announced on 19 May. This was to carry out modifications to superstructure and to perform general vessel maintenance.
Named for the late astronaut Sally Ride, the ship is 238ft long and incorporates the latest technologies, including high-efficiency diesel engines, emissions controls for stack gases, and new information technology tools both for monitoring shipboard systems and for communicating with the world. It will serve to provide scientists with the tools and capabilities to support ongoing research in regions including in the Atlantic, Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, and across a wide variety of missions.
“Over the past 40 years, Bay Ship & Yacht has become the shipyard of choice for both American and foreign research vessels,” said Richard Maguire, business development manager, Bay Ship & Yacht.
“Bay Ship & Yacht has the ability to perform all facets of ship repair in one location, utilising a full array of in-house crafts; and more importantly, our customers know they will receive their vessels on time.”
The Sally Ride is a monohull research vessel, capable of both coastal and deep ocean operations. The ship, which will be operated by a crew of 20, is equipped with cranes and winches for over-the-side loading of research equipment and supplies, as well as accommodations for 24 scientists. It is powered by a multi-drive, low-voltage, diesel-electric propulsion system for efficiency and lower maintenance. The Neil Armstrong Class ship has state-of-the-art oceanographic equipment allowing deep ocean mapping and information technology for ship monitoring and worldwide land-based communication.
The Sally Ride will be operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of San Diego, California, under a charter party agreement with the Office of Naval Research (ONR).
- June 2017