Marine Research Vessels
The 110’ R/V Palmetto is SCDNR’s offshore research vessel. Made of steel and powered by twin 500 HP Detroit Diesel engines, the vessel conducts scientific research from Cape Lookout, NC to Palm Beach, Florida and out to over 200 miles. The vessel operates around the clock for up to 10 days at sea with a crew of 6, and has berthing for 9 scientists. Bridge electronics include GPS integrated into computerized navigation software, satellite communications including email capabilities, as well as standard radar, radios, depth-sounders, air and sea temperature sensors, etc. The air-conditioned wet lab has its own navigation electronics and computer facilities which compliments the vessels ability to deploy and retrieve various instruments and sampling gears.