To conduct research on oceanographic conditions, hypoxia, and ocean acidification in the inner shelf, we employ research vessels outfitted to work in shallow waters. In August 2000, the 54 foot long R/V Elakha went into service for PISCO and OSU ocean researchers. The Elakha cruises at about 10 knots, and provides a larger and stable platform for oceanographic research than was previously available at OSU. Because PISCO-OSU research extends beyond the one-day round trip range of the Elakha, we also employ a second, smaller, trailerable research vessel to reach remote sites on the southern Oregon coast and in California. The R/V Kalipi was delivered in November 2002, and is outfitted for both inner shelf oceanographic research and ecological (diving) research. The Kalipi is a 29' boat and cruises at about 12 knots.
Elakha: ("Sea Otter" in Chinook jargon) The Elakha is a versatile, multipurpose vessel, and is used by PISCO for a wide range of activities. These include: mooring and ADCP deployment, servicing, and recovery; towing of water sampling instrument packages mounted on “flying” vehicles (MiniBat, AcroBat, SeaSoar); subtidal diving surveys of kelp and fish populations; diving to deploy sampling equipment (smurfies); and more traditional water sampling, including Niskin bottles, oxygen sensing, CTD casts, and fluorometry. The Elakha was purchased with PISCO funds, and in exchange for priority in scheduling, placed under the control of COAS Ship Ops at the HMSC, which staffs and maintains the vessel, and also administers its usage. It is available for use by others in the scientific community, with PISCO, COAS scientists, other OSU scientists, and non-OSU scientists having priority in that order. Contact Ship Ops for more information about use and specifications of the boat.
Kalipi: (“changing of the tides” in Chinook jargon) The Kalipi was designed, constructed and equipped to mimic the Elakha but on a smaller scale. This vessel can be trailered and driven to other ports for convenience and proximity to sampling sites. While subject to a sampling schedule, this vessel is considered the “fast-response” boat if the Elakha is otherwise occupied while a particularly interesting scientific event is occurring. The Kalipi is used solely by the PISCO program. Specs: 29’ Length, 10’6” Beam, Cabin Cruiser, 260hp 6-cylinder Volvo KAD44 I/O Diesel engine (192 gallon fuel tank), 25hp Yamaha kicker, open transom, transducer well, diving ladder & swim grid, 500# A-frame, electric winch, marine toilet. Capacity: 2-4 comfortably, 5-6 reasonably, 7-8 uncomfortably Built by EagleCraft, Campbell River, BC Canada http://www.eaglecraft.bc.ca/ in 2002