Bay Ship & Yacht drydocks research vessel

Written by Nick Blenkey
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MARCH 19, 2017 — The Sally Ride, a Neil Armstrong Class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessel, drydocked at Bay Ship and Yacht, Alameda, CA, on April 15, 2017.

In additional to performing general vessel maintenance, the shipyard is to carry out modifications to the vessel’s superstructure.

Named for the late astronaut Sally Ride, the ship is 238 feet 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 including the Atlantic, western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions across a wide variety of missions.

“Over the past 40 years, Bay Ship and Yacht has become the ship yard of choice for both American and foreign research vessels,” said Richard Maguire, Business Development Manager, Bay Ship and Yacht. “Bay Ship and Yacht has the ability to perform all facets of ship repair in one location utilizing 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 commercially designed, mono-hulled research vessel, capable of both coastal and deep ocean operations. The ship is equipped with cranes and winches for over-the-side loading of research equipment and supplies, as well as accommodations for twenty-four 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 is operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography under a charter party agreement with Office of Naval Research (ONR).

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