The R/V Pelican was built in 1985 at Allied
Shipyard in LaRose, Louisiana with funds provided by the State of Louisiana.
The vessel is owned by LUMCON and
is operated out of the Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA. In 2003, the R/V Pelican
underwent a refit upgrading most of the scientific
equipment onboard and adding an additional ten feet to the stern.
The R/V Pelican was designed and outfitted to conduct a variety of
oceanographic research missions. The reliability, utility and seaworthiness
of the vessel have been well demonstrated. The R/V Pelican has successfully
conducted scientific trawling, large box core sampling, thirty foot piston cores,
shallow seismic surveys, current meter array and benthic boundary array deployment and
recovery. Plankton sampling, hydrographic
casts with CTD-rosette systems and underway sampling with towed
water sampling systems have also been successfully conducted.
The R/V Pelican is operated as an Oceanographic Research
Vessel as designated by the United States Coast Guard and is maintained as an American
Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Class A-1+, AMS vessel. The Consortium is a member
of the Universities National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS -
http://www.unols.org) and the Pelican
is a designated UNOLS vessel.
Revenues generated by the operation of the vessel support
the R/V Pelican. The vessel is available for legitimate research and
education programs of Consortium members, state and federal agencies and
other non profit groups and Oceanographic industries. For more information about costs and the availability
of the vessel contact the Marine Superintendent.