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 main deck runs the length of the vessel and covers approximately 1,056 sq. ft of open aft aft deck and about 1000 sq. ft. of interior deck space forward.
The ship's 3 main labs: bottle lab, wet lab, and dry lab are located on the main deck, along with the galley and mess areas, electronics lab, and cold non-scientific cold storage facilities.
There are 16 ft. wide bulwark openings on the transom and 2 openings port (4') and starboard (7'5") aft of the cabin. Tie-downs are located centerline in the deck on approximately 2' and 4'centers. Located along the aft bulkhead of the main cabin are: ship's power (208V 3phase 30 and 60 amp, 277/480V 3phase 40 and 50 amp, 120V single phase 20 amp), running seawater (total capacity: 15 gpm and 100 gpm seawater located on port and starboard), fresh water, and 120 psi compressed air.
Over-the-side handling gear includes a trawl winch/A-frame, J-frame and crane. An access to a void compartment for storage of large scientific gear (boxes and containers) is located starboard aft.
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 Marine Superintendent, Joseph Malbrough.