R/V Bob and Betty Beyster: New CAT For Scripps

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

February 28, 2019

  • Photo courtesy of Armstrong Marine
  • Photo courtesy of Armstrong Marine
  • Photo courtesy of Armstrong Marine Photo courtesy of Armstrong Marine
  • Photo courtesy of Armstrong Marine Photo courtesy of Armstrong Marine

The Research Vessel Bob and Betty Beyster is a purpose-built coastal research vessel designed for efficient operations offshore Southern California and throughout the Channel Islands.  Based at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility and operated as a shared-use facility, Bob and Betty Beyster provides scientists, students and engineers a capable, safe and economical platform for research and teaching.

R/V Bob and Betty Beyster is a 42-foot scientific workboat with a range of 500 nautical miles, a cruising speed better than 25 knots, and a capacity for six scientists and a boat operator. The vessel has a stern A-frame for lifting and towing instrument packages, an articulating knuckle crane for starboard-side instrument deployment and recovery, and engineered deck sockets for securing portable equipment. These capabilities enable a wide range of scientific activities that support education, research, and instrument development.

Bob and Betty Beyster features a dynamic positioning system (DPS) that integrates GPS navigation data with propulsion controls to automatically maintain heading and position, even in strong currents and windy conditions. These capabilities enable the precise control required for remotely operated vehicles, CTD casts, mooring deployments, and other operations required for science.

The vessel's scientific equipment includes a seafloor mapping system, a knuckle crane that enables the vessel to deploy and recover autonomous vehicles, a stern A-frame with hydraulic hoist, a hand-deployable remotely operated vehicle, a hull-mounted transducer for underwater communications, and ample facilities for securing and integrating a wide variety of portable instrumentation.

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