Research Vessel (R/V) Lake Explorer II
The R/V Lake Explorer II is the newest addition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's fleet of research vessels. The 90’ long vessel will be arriving at its home port in Duluth, Minnesota in spring 2009. The R/V Lake Explorer II, operated by the Mid-Continent Ecology Division, will be used for Great Lakes research. The vessel will specialize in developing a comprehensive environmental assessment of coastal conditions in the Great Lakes. This research is conducted using cutting-edge technologies for sampling aquatic life, water quality and sediments, including state-of-the-art in situ environmental sensing systems.
There are 11 bunks (four double staterooms and one triple stateroom) aboard the R/V Lake Explorer II. The vessel accommodates four crew (boat captain, first mate, chief and first engineers) and up to seven scientists.
Click here for more information on the Lake Explorer II’s previous life as NOAA Ship Rude.
If you are interested in learning about scientific research conducted aboard the R/V Lake Explorer II, please contact the Ecosystem Assessment and Research Branch member Peder Yurista (phone: 218-529-5148) for more information on the research activities planned for the coming year. If you are interested in the vessel's operations, please contact the vessel Captain, Sam Miller (phone: 218-529-5211), for information regarding the vessel’s maintenance, daily operations and equipment.