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R/V Knorr Laboratory & Science Spaces

Overview

Knorr has ten (10) compartments designated as scientific areas. These spaces are dedicated to the sole use of the scientific party and the Marine Technicians as laboratory, hold storage or staging areas.

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Main Lab. (Photo by John Dyke, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Main Lab

Located on main deck
1,346 sq. ft.

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This is a general purpose laboratory, the largest and most useful of all the internal spaces. Maximum dimensions are 62 feet by 26 feet. The lab has direct access to the Main Deck, the After Hanger, the Analytical Lab, and the Upper Lab. The space can be partitioned if necessary to isolate science activities. Depth recorders, navigation displays, underway data displays and communications are provided in the lab. Stations are normally run and monitored from this lab.

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Analytical Lab (John Dyke-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Analytical Lab

Located on main deck
240 sq. ft.

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An area is located at the forward end of the Main Lab specifically designed to be isolated from the rest of the laboratory spaces for installation of scientific equipment requiring more precise temperature control and elimination of contamination from other areas. The space is accessible only from the Main Lab. A slightly positive air pressure is maintained to reduce intrusion of air from the Main Lab. Temperature is controlled to +/- 1 degree C.

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Upper Lab. (Photo by John Dyke, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Upper Lab

Located on 01 deck
545 sq. ft.

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This is a general purpose laboratory located on the 01 Deck. Access is from internal passageways, a ladder to the Main Lab and door to the starboard side 01 Deck. The after bulkhead is fitted with two "soft patch" sections which can be removed to allow mating of portable laboratory vans. A fume hood is provided in the after area of this space.

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Lower Lab freezers. (Photo by John Dyke, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Lower Lab

Located on 1st platform
258 sq. ft.

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This lab is located on the 1st Platform immediately below the Main Lab. It is the area of least motion on the ship. This is a general purpose space for "dry work" only. Water and drains are not available. Access is through double doors to an internal passage. Gravity measurement instrumentation, when requested, is normally mounted here.

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Scientific Chart Room. (Photo by John Dyke, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Scientific Chart Room

Located on 02 deck
355 sq. ft.

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This room is located on the 02 Deck, and is remote from working decks and other science spaces. It is readily accessible from the bridge and the Chief Scientist’s stateroom, and has doors to the weather deck and internal passageways. The data logging system, multi-beam echosounder electronics and Ethernet computers are located here, as is the Shipboard Scientific Services Group (SSSG) work and storage area.

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Forward Hangar. (Photo by John Dyke, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Fwd Hanger

Located on main deck
206 sq. ft.

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The Forward Hanger is located on the forward end of the Main Deck on the starboard side. The space is part of the open weather deck and has been partitioned off to provide shelter from the elements, specifically for the drawing of water samples and for preparation of over-the-side equipment. It is not environmentally controlled nor weather tight. Boarding seas will flood the deck. Principal access is through a 9-foot wide by 14-foot high opening at the after end, which can be closed by an overhead door. Instruments using the CTD and Hydro winches are landed on deck immediately aft of this space. There is direct access to the Wet Lab. A ladder on the forward end leads to the upper weather deck. An overhead hoist is provided for this space.

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Aft Hangar. (Photo by John Dyke, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Aft Hanger

Located on main deck
297 sq. ft.

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The Aft Hanger is located at the after end of the Main Lab on the port side. The space is part of the open weather deck and has been partitioned off to provide shelter from the elements, specifically for the preparation of mooring and other over-the-side equipment. It is not environmentally controlled nor weather tight. Boarding seas will flood the deck. Access to the weather deck is through two 9-foot wide by 14-foot high openings, at the after end and on the starboard side. Both can be closed by overhead doors. There is direct access to the Main Lab through a double door. Work benches can be provided. The Bosn’s day room is adjacent to this location.

Fwd Scientific Hold

Located on 3rd platform
330 sq. ft.

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This is a large, high space immediately aft of the engine room. The after port section is allotted to science storage. The rest of the space is occupied by the engineer’s machine shop and the sewage treatment system. Three-tiered shelving provides storage for boxes and crates. Science freezers and refrigerators are located here. An internal ladder provides access for personnel. Equipment can be brought to/from the hold through the hoist trunkway which also opens to the Main and 01 Deck laboratory spaces and the weather decks.

Aft Scientific Hold

Located on 1st platform
195 sq. ft.

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The After Science Hold is located on the port side on the 1st Platform immediately below the After Hanger. Suitable for storage of heavy equipment requiring crane handling. Access is through a hatch on the Main Deck.

Wet Lab

Located on main deck
150 sq. ft.

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This lab is located immediately forward of the Forward Hanger. It is designed as a small space for maintaining water sampling equipment. It is accessible from the hanger through a watertight door and from an internal passageway.

Last updated: April 27, 2012