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Oceanus and Wecoma

Changing of the Guard

After retiring from service at WHOI, the research vessel Oceanus began a new chapter of ocean exploration in the Pacific this week, with work along coastal Oregon and Washington. The 177-foot vessel, operated by WHOI for 36 years, replaced the Oregon State University vessel Wecoma. "Oceanus is very capable and will be more cost-effective to operate over the next five to 10 years, at which point we hope to have a new ship,” said Mark Abbott, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OSU. Oceanus left Woods Hole in late January and sailed through the Panama Canal, arriving in Oregon in late February. More photos from the official handover event are viewable here.

(Photo by Robert Collier, College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University)

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