DSSV Pressure Drop
Introducing Pressure Drop
DSSV Pressure Drop 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.
The ship 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.
In 2017, the Pressure Drop was acquired by Caladan Oceanic and a comprehensive refit program began. Focussed largely on the accommodation and science areas, the refit has transformed the vessel into a much more comfortable and capable scientific research ship.
|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)|
|Kongsberg EA640 Echo Sounder|