Thomas G. Thompson Research Vessel
- The RV Thomas
G. Thompson is a 274-foot, state-of-the-art,
ocean-going research vessel, commissioned in 1991. The ship is
intended for use in sponsored oceanographic research projects
by investigators from institutions around the country and can
accommodate 36 scientists during cruises, which typically last
40-50 days, with an endurance of 12,000 miles and 60 days.
- Moored at the School of Oceanography Pier, on Portage
- Capt. Daniel Schwartz, Manager of Marine Operations, School
of Oceanography. Telephone: 206-543-5062, Fax: 206-543-6073.
- Multi-purpose research vessel with flexible facilities for
multi-discipline oceanographic and atmospheric studies.
- The scientific research and instrumentation suite is
frequently enhanced and updated. For the latest information,
please see the University's School of Oceanography Website:
- Facilities for researchers and crew.
- The Office of Naval Research.
- Research grants and general operating funds.
- Recent Usage
- Research: Currently out of port 275-315 days/year
(the maximum) on research cruises. Instruction: 45 days
per year are allocated for graduate and undergraduate
instruction. Non-UW: Consortium use, scheduled through
the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System
(UNOLS), a consortium supported by NSF, ONR and other Federal
Agencies. Private use is possible but with lower priority than
sponsored university research and additional insurance is
- Usage Fee
- Day rate is negotiated between NSF and institutions.
- Launched 1991--regularly inspected, refitted and updated as
per regulatory requirements of Navy Insurv, U.S. Coast Guard
and the American Bureau of Shipping.
- Voice phone, 011-872-150-57-11, Telex, FAX, SSB,
- Unique Environment
- Can operate literally anywhere in the world, in ice-free
- Carries a crew of 22 and a maximum scientific party of