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NOAA Ships in Port for the Winter

All NOAA MOC-P homeport vessels are currently in Newport for the winter.

The fisheries survey vessel Bell M. Shimada arrived in port on September 4, 2011. She is the newest ship in NOAA's research fleet and the fourth vessel of her kind. She was named by a team of students from Marina High School in Monterey, CA, who won a regional NOAA contest to name the vessel. Her namesake was known for his contributions to the study of Pacific tuna stocks, which were important to the development of West Coast commercial fisheries following WW II. Shimada is 209 feet long and carries 5 commissioned officers, 4 engineers, a crew of 15, and up to 15 scientists. She is at bert 6 and is currently in the process of being refitted with recessed anchors. She will be in port at least until some time in February.

The 231-foot Fairweather arrived at berth 4 on October 14, 2011. She is a hydrographic survey ship designed primarily for nautical charting. She carries 8 commissioned officers, 4 engineers, a crew of 23, and up to 23 scientists. She is named for Mt. Fairweather in southeast Alaska, the highest peak in the Fairweather Range, the tallest coastal range on earth. She is scheduled to depart March 1, 2012.

Oscar Dyson is one of the most technologically advaned fisheries survey ships in the world. She arrived in port on October 30, 2011 from Alaska, where she had been working in the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and southeast Alaska. Like her sister ship Bell Shimada, she is 209 feet long and carries 5 commissioned officers, 4 engineers, a crew of 15, and up to 15 scientists. Oscar Dyson was named after a fisherman and fisheries industry leader from Kodiak, Alaska. Her departure date from Newport is unconfirmed at this time.

Rainier sits at berth 2. She is designed for conducting coastal hydrographic surveys in support of NOAA's nautical charting program. She carries two 19-foot small boats that are used for diving and shore support. She is 231 feet long and carries a complement of 10 commissioned officers, 4 engineers, a crew of 35, and up to 4 scientists. Rainier is named for Mt. Rainier in Washington State. She arrived in her new homeport on October 23, 2011 and her departure date is unconfirmed.

McArthur II was acquired from the US Navy in 2002 and converted from a surveillance vessel to an oceanographic research vessel that ranged from the US West Coast to Central and South America. She is 224 feet long and arrived in Newport on November 2, 2011. McArthur II carries 5 commissioned officers, 3 engineers, 17 crew members, and up to 15 scientists. McArthur II is named after William Pope McArthur, an American naval officer and hydrologist who was involved in some of the first surveys of the Pacific Coast. McArthur II's departure date is unconfirmed.