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R/V Tegula

R/V Tegula
 

R/V TegulaNOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries acquired the 22-foot R/V Tegula in 2021 for use in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and other West Coast sanctuaries. The addition of the vessel will greatly expand and enhance research as a dive platform, but will also be used for emergency response, regulatory inspections, resource protection missions, and educational cruises. The vessel’s homeport is at the Monterey Harbor in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Vessel Description

R/V Tegula (pronounced “TEG-you-la”) was built and designed by D.R. Radon Boat Building, Inc. in Goleta, California in 2021. The vessel’s length is 22 feet, and beam is 8 feet 6 inches. It is equipped with twin Honda 150 HP outboard motors; capable of up to 35 knots in smooth waters, and cruising speeds of 20-25 knots.

Mission Statement

The R/V Tegula supports collaborative research, education and resource protection projects in the Central and Northern California national marine sanctuaries to inform and implement sanctuary management.

General Uses

The primary function of R/V Tegula is to support biological and oceanographic field work such as SCUBA diving, deployment and recovery of light oceanographic gear, wildlife monitoring and observation, wildlife disentanglement and resource protection operations. This vessel is also used for special projects, vessel of opportunity, instrument testing, and other hydrographic or non-hydrographic scientific missions.

Last Modified: 10/4/21