DSSV Pressure Drop Yacht was built in 1985 in Tacoma, Washington. At 68.3 m / 224 ft in length, with accommodation for up to 47 persons, and with a 12-ton A-Frame fitted astern, she is the ideal platform from which to conduct scientific and research projects using a manned submersible.
DSSV Pressure Drop Yacht has a strong research pedigree. In 2002, NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization acquired the vessel and converted it to a multiple-disciplinary platform capable of a broad range of missions. The ship conducted oceanographic research and assessments, throughout the eastern Pacific, including the U.S. West Coast, Central and South America.
|Draft||16′ 4″ (5m)|
|Gross Tonnage||1914 GT|
|Engines||4x CAT 850hp Gensets|
|Top Speed||10 knots|
|Cruise Speed||9 knots|
|Accommodations||Max 49 pax (26 cabins)|
|Crew||16 – 18 members|
|Refit||2013 / 2015 / 2018-19|
|Dry & Wet Science Labs|
|Command & Control Centre|
|Retractable Submersible Hangar|
|12ton A-Frame Launch & Recovery System|
|Kongsberg SIMRAD EM124 Multi-Beam Echo Sounder (MBES)|