NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler (S-250) is a Coastal Mapping Vessel utilizing the Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) design for improved stability and seakeeping. The newest addition to NOAA's hydrographic charting fleet, Hassler will be homeported in New Castle, New Hampshire. The ship is designed to operate from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. Its primary mission is hydrographic survey in support of NOAA's nautical charting mission. The ship is also capable of performing Automated Underwater Vehical (AUV) operations, Remotely Operated Vehical (ROV) operations, buoy deployment and recovery, and general oceanographic research. Ferdinand R. Hassler can accommodate a maximum of 14 personnel. It is outfitted with two single and six double staterooms.
Dry lab space is configured for hydrographic data acquisition and processing, and can be reconfigured to meet other scientific needs. An enclosed service area adjacent to the aft working deck is accessible via a roll-up door for equipment staging and storage. The ship also has provision for a dive locker with compressor and filling station.
The ship is outfitted with high-resolution multibeam and sidescan sonar systems, which generate three dimensional bathymetric models and images of the sea floor. These data are used in many applications such as nautical chart updates, habitat mapping and marine archaeology.
In addition to the installed equipment, the ship can also carry a 25 ft. survey launch/utility boat, or a 20 ft. science van, further extending the mission capabilities of this platform. An ample aft working deck served by a stern A-frame and knuckle boom crane provide maximum mission flexibility. SCUBA diving capability will be added in 2013.
Ferdinand Hassler's E-mail address is:CO.Ferdinand.Hassler@noaa.gov
Ferdinand Hassler's Mail address is:
NOAA Ship Ferdinand HasslerFerdinand Hassler's Telephone Numbers
Marine Operations Center, Atlantic
439 York Street
Norfolk, VA 23510-1145
Updated: June 15, 2012