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RV Pelican

United States
Name: RV Pelican
Completed: 1985
Status: in service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 514.59 LTSW tons
Length: 116 ft 4 in (35.46 m) (overall)
Beam: 26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)
Draught: 9 ft 6 in (2.90 m) (full load)
Speed: 9.2 kts
Range: 3,490 miles
  • ship specifications.
  • In 2003, the RV Pelican underwent a refit upgrading most of the scientific equipment onboard and adding another ten feet to the stern.

RV Pelican was built in 1985 as an oceanographic research vessel and is operated by the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON). The vessel has four laboratories and can support 16 scientists for periods up to three weeks.[1] In May 2010, it was one of the first scientific vessels to arrive at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to begin the process of characterizing the extent and consequences of the spill.[2]

External links


  1. ^ "Pelican History". Lumcon. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  2. ^ GILLIS, JUSTIN (May 15, 2010). "Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Under the Gulf". The New York Times.