Norseman II

The R/V Norseman II is a 115’ steel vessel built originally as a commercial King Crab boat to fish Alaskan waters such as the Bering Sea and the Northern Pacific Ocean. It’s steel hull and whaleback design allow for an economical cruising speed of 10 knots. The vessel is well configured and designed for a wide variety of research, survey, and ocean-based programs. The R/V Norseman II is a deep draft (13’) heavy weather Marco shipyard hull powered by a Caterpillar single main engine propulsion unit along with an auxiliary propulsion system to allow for redundancy. It has both a large steel stern working deck with a 8-ton A-Frame equipped with (2) picking winches and a capstan, as well as a very large upper deck area with a 5-ton deck crane, multi-beam pole, (2) trawl winches and (1) oceanographic winch. Vast below deck dry storage, and a deck load capacity of up to 20 tons.

In 2007 the Norseman II went through a major and complete renovation in Seattle taking her from the commercial fishing fleet to the world of oceanographic research and eco-tourism. From the wheelhouse to the aft deck the vessel was reconfigured with modern technology and accommodations. Five spacious four person staterooms equipped with full on-suite heads and showers were created strictly for science personnel. A well ventilated, temperature controlled main deck science lab and salon with natural light were added for personnel to conduct operations and network comfortably while not being compartmentalized. Electronics were installed to aid in navigation, communication and oceanographic sampling while improving work and life at sea. Auxiliary generators were replaced to provide an environmentally efficient and quiet living environment while maintaining the power required to operate todays electric equipment. A large tunnel bow thruster was added for precise maneuverability and station holding capabilities. Overall, the Norseman II kept the tried and trusted Marco shipyard hull design but added the machinery and creature comforts of today’s research personnel’s wants and needs.

The R/V Norseman II has a long list of reputable clients conducting programs from California to the high Eastern Arctic Ocean. It is a well-qualified vessel able to support all types of operations such as oil and mining exploration, environmental clean-up, oceanographic research, mooring deployment/recoveries, site hazard surveys, and many other maritime operations.


Length overall: 115’
Beam: 28’
Draft: 13’

Engines (1)

Engine(s): Caterpillar 398
Engine(s) Total Power: 850HP
Cruising Speed: 8 knots
Max Speed: 11kts

Interior Features

Science Lab: 1
Science Lab Electronics: (2) LCD Displays, (8) NEMA feed ports for NAV/Weather Data, UPS 110 plugs,(12) Work Stations
Science Lab Equipment: (1) Hull Mounted Teledyne ADCP, (1) SEA-BIRD Hull Mounted TSG
Cabins: (5) 4 client bunk rooms (separate crew quarters)
Marine Heads: (7) All on-suite with shower and full head
Berths: 20

Safety Gear

(3) Life Rafts (2) 25 person SOLAS A-Pack (1) 10 person SOLAS A-Pack
Immersion Suits (All sizes available)
Exposure Suits (Assortment of sizes)
Medical Chest with 24/7 Med Call Assist
Fire Fighting (Automatic and Manual)
(2) SART (Search and Rescue Transmitter)
(2) 406 EPIRB
Full Safety specs provided upon request.

Deck Equipment

Deck Crane: SWL 10,500lbs @ 20’, SWL 5,000lbs @ 40’
A Frame: SWL 17,000lbs @ 10’, SWL 11,00lbs @ 13’
A Frame: (2) picking winches mounted on A Frame
Vessel mounted pole system for geotechnical/geophysical/bathometric survey instruments

Deck Winches

Main Trawl Winch: JK Fabrication
Main Trawl Winch SWL: Load Chart available upon request
Main Trawl Winch Cable: 9/16” 12 strand plasma SWL 37,900lbs
Main Trawl Winch Cable Length: 3000’
Aux Trawl Winch: JK Fabrication
Aux Trawl Winch SWL: Load Chart available upon request
Aux Trawl Winch Cable: 5/8” Wire rope
Oceanographic Winch: Rapp Hydema
Oceanographic Winch SWL: Load Chart available upon request
Oceanographic Winch Cable: .322
Tender: (1) RHIB 19’
Upper Deck Load: (15-ton)
Lower Deck Load:


Freshwater: 3,000 gal.
Fuel: 44,000 gal.
Holding Tank: 500 gal.


(1) Caterpillar 3306 165 KW 110/208-3PH 480-3PH
(1) Caterpillar 3304 90 KW 110/208-3PH 480-3PH
(1) Northern Lights 40KW 110/208-1/3PH


Full range of navigation equipment
Full list provided upon request

Additional Equipment

Water Maker: (1) RO system 50gph capacity
Satellite phone: (Iridium)
Washer and Dryer: (2) Sets
Marine Sanitation System: Headhunter (USCG/Marpol Compliant)
Bow Thruster: Tunnel Thruster
Large Dry Storage Area
Portable Science Lab: Available upon request (Water/Electrical available)