Marine Operations | R/V Hugh R. Sharp
"Our new ship is a remarkable addition to the U.S. oceanographic research fleet. It will serve marine scientists throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as a state-of-the-art platform for exploring and sampling the coastal ocean."
— Dr. Nancy M. Targett, Dean
The R/V HUGH R. SHARP is the newest vessel in the CEOE Fleet. The 146-foot, state-of-the-art coastal research vessel operates as a member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS). UNOLS is a consortium of 64 academic institutions and national research laboratories. One of its chief functions is to ensure the efficient scheduling of scientific cruises aboard the 28 research vessels located at 21 of its member institutions.
The R/V SHARP was featured in American Ship Review, a special edition of “Professional Mariner” Magazine, as one of the top ships built in North America during 2006. The R/V SHARP has been described as the most advanced coastal research vessel in the United States.
Built by Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Washington, it was delivered in January 2006 and officially commissioned into service in May. The vessel is named in honor of the late Hugh R. Sharp Jr., who served for many years on the University's board of trustees and was a staunch supporter of marine research.
The R/V HUGH R. SHARP is a general-purpose vessel. Thanks to its modular design it is capable of supporting a wide range of marine disciplines, including chemical, geological, physical and biological sciences, as well as acoustics, fisheries, and marine mammal research. The vessel is a regional asset, serving researchers from many institutions throughout the mid-Atlantic.
The R/V SHARP can carry fourteen to twenty scientists on cruises up to eighteen days in duration. It typically operates in the coastal waters from Long Island, New York, to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, as well as the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays. Projects occasionally require the vessel to work as far north as the Gulf of Maine, as far south as Florida, and as far offshore as Bermuda. Operational support for the HUGH R. SHARP is provided primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
For scheduling and other questions, please contact:
Captain Bill Byam
Director, Marine Operations
For more details about the R/V HUGH R. SHARP (including important information for planning research cruises) click on the links below:
» Underwater Radiated Noise Signature
- NCE Underwater Radiated Noise Report - 2006. (PDF)
- R/V HUGH R. SHARP at preliminary acoustic trials in Puget Sound, Washington in September 2005. (JPG)
- The singing propeller problem mentioned in the following report from Noise Control Engineering was corrected at the shipyard period in May 2006. (JPG)
» Arrangements and Drawings
» Cruise Planning
» Communications and Contact Information
Mailing / Shipping Address:
University of Delaware
R/V HUGH R. SHARP
700 Pilottown Road
Marine Operations Building, Room 124
Lewes, Delaware 19958
Attention: Timothy W. Deering
Cruise Planning and Logistics:
Captain Bill Byam
Office Phone: 302.645.4343
Cell Phone: 302.381.0346
Cruise Planning and Technical Support:
Office Phone: 302.645.4338
Cell Phone: 302.249.6149
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