Kilo Moana

Kilo MoanaThe R/V Kilo Moana is a 186’ Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull (SWATH) vessel owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by the University of Hawaii Marine Center. Because of the unique SWATH design, the Kilo Moana is a very stable and comfortable platform from which to conduct oceanographic research. The ship was designed as a multi-purpose oceanographic research vessel with extensive equipment for geophysical (2 multibeam echosounders, subbottom profiler, gravimeter and magnetometer), physical oceanographic (Doppler current profilers, CTDs, pCO2); meteorological and radioisotope research. Over 2500 sq. ft. of space is provided in 8 different laboratories and over 4000 sq. ft. of exterior working space is available on the aft main deck and the forward 01 deck. The Kilo Moana was built in 2001 and commissioned in 2002. The vessel operates out of Honolulu, Hawaii, and has worked throughout the Pacific. The cruising speed is 12 kt., with a minimum speed of less than 1 kt. and station keeping supported by dynamic positioning.

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Level 03

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Level 03 Bridge
Anybody is welcome on the bridge during daylight hours, but there's limited space and not everyone can come at once. Traffic or ongoing operations my preclude your presence. No persons will be allowed on the bridge while the vessel is arriving or departing port or piers or maneuvering in close quarters.

Level 02
Conference room for science team work and meetings.
  • 270 sq. ft.



Level 01
The computer lab is primarily the data control center of the Kilo Moana. This is where acoustic, meteorological, and many other in-situ measurements are collected and stored on site. This is also where you will most likely find your shipboard techs if they aren’t on the back deck. The computer lab also is home to one of the ship’s public computers and one of the ship’s network printers.
  • 560 sq. ft.

Main Deck
Lab #1 is most often utilized as the CTD control center. This is where countless grad students have been sentenced to monitoring CTD data profiles and firing bottles. A VHF radio is available in this room to maintain communications with the winch operator up in the Dog House or the Techs on the back deck. Other operations that require cable runs to the back deck will often use this lab because of an easily accessible pass-through in the aft bulkhead.
  • 170 sq. ft.

Easily the largest lab on the KM, Lab #2 is a great multipurpose lab, complete with ice maker, sink, and an easily accessible pass through for cabling to the Staging Bay.
  • 260 sq. ft.

An extension of Lab #2, Lab #2A is another large multipurpose space equipped with two sinks. This is also usually the location of one of the public wireless routers.
  • 300 sq. ft.

The farthest forward lab on the starboard side, the Chem. Lab contains a fume hood for volatile experiments, a hazmat locker for daily use chemical storage, and also the shipʻs D.I. and R.O. water makers. There is also a mini-fridge for daily use chemicals that need to stay chilled.
  • 290 sq. ft.

Directly forward of the Wet Lab, the Hydro lab is a multipurpose lab that is most often utilized for filtration experiments. A 3 gas bottle rack is located in this lab to support such operations. A public computer is located in this lab as well.
  • 290 sq. ft.

The Wet Lab, where all of the wet work occurs. This lab opens up to the back deck via a hand operated roller door and contains a fume hood for chemical work. This lab is a shared use space, the outboard aft corner belonging to OTG, don't worry though the techs bark is usually worse than their bite.
  • 320 sq. ft.

The Met Lab is the forward most lab, just forward of the ship's library. This lab is the first point of contact for the scientific seawater system. This lab houses some of the ship's underway systems, like the thermosalinograph, fluorometer, FRRF, and pCO2 system. There is limited bench space in this lab for adding experiments, so please contact your shipboard techs early on in the pre-cruise planning process so that they can accommodate your bench space needs.
  • 270 sq. ft.

The Staging Bay is a multipurpose area that usually sees a lot of foot traffic. The CTD is also often time stored in this bay for more comfortable sampling of the package. This space can also be used as a storage area, or for staging upcoming experiments. The Staging Bay is also the designated muster area for the science party, so in the event of any sort of emergency situation, this is where you will gather for a head count and specific instructions on emergency response.
  • 370 sq. ft.

This is a large space at the middle of the Main Deck designed for storage of science gear. Multi-tiered shelving provides storage for boxes and crates. Equipment can be moved into the room through the staging bay door.
  • 145 sq. ft.

The Ship’s Library houses a large collection of novels, reference texts, atlasʻ and MSDS sheets for your perusing pleasure. There are also two public computers in this space as well as a copy machine/network printer.
  • 260 sq. ft.

  • Head of line privileges to those on watch.
  • Limited seating. Please eat and then leave to make room for others.
  • Let galley crew finish up their job.
  • Ice cream, sandwich material and snacks available on the mess decks and in the mess deck refrigerators; please stay out of walk-in refrigerator/freezer
  • Use paper and plastic plates, cups, utensils at night.
  • Meal Times at sea: 0715-0815, 1115-1215, 1700-1800
  • Mess deck is secured 1230-1400 and 1900-1945 for cleaning.
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Platform 02
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Platform 03
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Underway Science Seawater Intake
The easiest source of seawater on board the KM is to tap into the ship's standard science seawater in one of the various labs. This water comes from a suction port about 25' below the waterline on the forward stbd hull section. It is distributed throughout the ship's labs via Teflon coated and/or PVC piping (depending on location). The pumps are March Model TE-8K-MD. The housing is polypropylene and utilizes magnetic drive to eliminate penetration of metal motor shaft and need for a seal. UNC SW piping is polypropylene lined steel flanged pipe. The pipe lining forms a gasket on the flanges.
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Data Logging/Processing Computers
  • Linux-based data logging system, SISCON, remote serial data acquisition with UDP data stream to centralized loggers;
  • Backup: Thecus Network Attached Servers with 11 terrabyte RAID level 5 storage (2)
  • Remote Data displays: desktop PCs, laptop PCs, 3 PC104 PCs, & TV monitors (20+)
  • Email Communications: HiSeasNet (VSAT) and Fleet Broadband 500
  • Printers Printer Xerox Phaser 7400 Color Laser Printer, HP DesignJet 800ps 42" plotter(advanced planning is required for use of plotter)


Navigation and Timing Equipment
  • TSS POS/MV 320 – Integrated Inertial Nav and GPS system
  • Furuno GP-150
  • Underwater Navigation: Sonardyne Ranger 2 ultra-short baseline (USBL) system with H7000 transceiver, mounted on a Simrad HL3880 transducer stem with 35 cm gate valve
  • Spectracom NetClock/GPS 9383 Timeservers (2)


Geophysical Sonar Equipment
  • Multibeam – Simrad EM710: 1° x 1° system, 70-100 kHz swath mapping, 10-1800 m depth range
  • Multibeam – Simrad EM122: 1° x 2° system, 12 kHz swath mapping, 300-11,000 m depth range
  • 4 kHz Sub-Bottom Profiler – Knudsen 3260 deck box + array of sixteen TR-75 Massa transducers
  • Knudsen 3260 deck box also interfaces to a 12 kHz transducer for passive operations such as pinger tracking.
  • The Kilo Moana collects swath bathymetry data every day at sea. Onboard technicians support the multibeam hardware, software, and data acquisition, including QA-QC and archiving. Scientists may also request additional Specialized Services for a mapping specialist to sail on their leg when swath bathymetry/imagery is critical to their cruise objectives and real-time decision making. In such cases, additional sound velocity profiling, shipboard data processing, seafloor imaging and charting will be available customized to their specifications.
  • The multibeam systems include software and computer hardware for survey planning and underway operations, as well as real-time gridding and display of bathymetry and acoustic imagery in the main computer lab. Sonar data acquisition is conducted on Windows workstations using Simrad SIS software. Sonar processing software includes HMRG sonar tools (bathymetry and backscatter processing and charting), the MB-System (bathymetry processing and charting), SAIC Saber (survey planning and area based bathymetry editing) and the Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) package for image manipulation and charting. These systems run on UNIX, Linux and PC workstations devoted to multibeam processing and charting.


Marine Geology and Geophysics Equipment
  • Gravity Meter, Bell BGM-3 Marine Gravimeter
  • Land Gravimeter for land ties, Lacoste R serial # 1
  • Magnetometer, Geometrics Model G-882 Cesium
  • Rectangular dredges**, 18″ x 48″ with a 60″ chain link bag
  • Rock Saw, Model 80BQ Sowers Cut-Off Saw
  • Gravity Coring Equipment,**, capable 20 ft cores & 40 ft cores
  • Ocean Instruments MC-800 eight-station multicorer
**needs advanced planning – Contact UH Marine Center.


Oceanographic Instrumentation
  • RDI 38 kHz and 300 kHz ADCPs with UHDAS acquisition and display software
  • Seabird SBE 9/11plus CTD housing with pressure sensor, rated for 6,800m depth rating, equipped with:
    • 2 Sea-Bird SBE 3P temperature sensors
    • 2 Sea-Bird SBE 4C conductivity sensors
    • 2 Sea-Bird SBE 43 dissolved oxygen sensors
    • Other auxiliary sensors can be included by prior arrangement:
      • Biospherical QSP-2300 log scalar PAR sensor (2,000 m depth rating),
      • Wetlabs ECO FLNTU Chlorophyll Fluorometer & Turbidity sensor (6,000 m depth rating),
      • Seapoint SCF Chlorophyll Fluorometer (6,000 m depth rating),
      • Wetlabs C-Star 25 cm transmissometer (6,000 m depth rating),
      • Applied Microsystems SVPlus sound velocity profiler (5,000 m depth rating).
    • For casts being conducted near the sea bottom an altimeter or a 12 kHz acoustic pinger will be attached to the frame to monitor the package's height off the sea floor.
    • Water samples can be collected with 12 L PVC sampling bottles with internal Teflon-coated springs. The bottles can be triggered at any depth with a Seabird SBE 32 carousel.
    • 24-bottle and 12-bottle rosette frames are available.
  • Underway scientific seawater system available in Hydro Lab, Chemistry Lab, Wet Lab, Lab 1, Lab 2 and IMET Lab
    • Sea-Bird SBE 45 MicroTSG Thermosalinograph
    • Fluorometer, Turner10-AU-005 (Continuous sea water flow-Benchtop model)
    • Fast repetition rate fluorometer (FRRF)
    • Seawater available in labs
  • General Oceanics Model 8050 underway pCO2 measuring system
  • Sippican MK-21/PC Based XBT system including hand held launcher
  • Barnstead Millipure Deionized Water System
  • Thermo Scientific Revco UxF -86°C freezer, 25.7, ft3 capacity
  • 4 Cospolich Freezer/Refrigerator units, individually controllable between -17°C and +4°C (total capacity, 19 ft3)


Meteorological Systems
  • Campbell Scientific Micrologger CR3000
  • RM Young Wind Monitor 5016-5 MA, port and starboard
  • 5106 Vaisala PTB220 Barometer (class A)
  • Rotronic Hygromers MP101A-C5 – Humidity Probe
  • RM Young 50203 Precipitation Gauge
  • OSI Optical Range Gauge (ORG)
  • RM Young RTD 41342 Resistive Temperature Device
  • Eppley Precision Spectral Pyranometer (PSP)
  • Eppley Precision Infrared Radiometer (PIR)
  • Biospherical QSR-2200 Scalar Surface Photosynthetically Available Radiation (PAR)


Additional General Purpose Equipment
  • 1 – Benthos 2216 12kHz Pinger
  • Tritech Altimeter PA200/20-6K8
  • Benthos Acoustic Transducer & Deck Box, DS-7000-1; EdgeTech 8011AT Deckbox
  • 2 – OAR VHF radio Beacons;
  • 2 – OAR High Intensity Strobe Flashers
  • Ship has two primary air compressors rated for 200PSI@40.5 CFM each with additional auxiliary capacity available of 125CFM@125PSI.
  • Fisher Scientific Drying Oven, Model 13-246-516GA (3511FS), 1.7 ft3 capacity
  • Misc analog & digital scopes and function generators


Radioisotope Laboratory Van
  • Packard Bioscience Tri-Carb 2900TR liquid scintillation counter and color printer
  • Fume hood (26"x20")
  • Two refrigerators, 8.7 ft3 each
  • Counter space, 38 ft2


HANDLING EQUIPMENT
The aft portion of the main deck is configured to carry, launch, and recover equipment over-the stern and over-the-side. Deck equipment is designed to meet ABS certification for lifting gear and 46 CFR requirements. Installation permits a variety of oceanographic operations at sea, including: coring, water sampling, equipment launch and recovery, and array and trawl towing. All working deck areas include deck bolts on a 2' x 2' grid pattern for securing itinerant scientific equipment.


STERN U-FRAME
A Dynacon U-Frame is mounted on the transom to launch and recover oceanographic equipment and support cable running from the traction winch. It is designed to handle 30,000 lb. towing load and 20,000 lb. luffing load and reach 12 feet beyond the transom. It is configured for towing .681 electro-optical cable, .680 coaxial cable and 9/16" 3×19 trawl wire.


CRANES AND WINCHES
  • A North American, MCT-2555 heavy lift crane is installed on the port side to load and off load and move equipment around the aft working deck. Depending on boom angle it has max capacity of 8 tons at 35 ft radius and 4 tons at 55 foot radius. SWL of wire is 9820 lbs.
  • A Caley towing crane mounted on the starboard side can launch, tow and recover equipment deployed with cable stored on the integrated Caley heave-compensating, auto-rendering hydrographic winch. This system carries up to 10,000 m of .322 EM wire.
  • A Dynacon traction unit and storage drum are located in the winch and wire rooms on the main deck. The drum can carry 10,000 meters of either .681 electro-optical cable, .680 coaxial cable or 9/16" 3x19 trawl wire. An additional storage drum can be carried on the 02 deck to allow more than one type of wire to be used on a given cruise, though there are limitations on the amount of wire that can be carried on the second drum.


Other Portable Equipment
  • TSE Mooring Winch
  • SeaMac Tow Winch (small)
  • SeaMac Tow Winch (large)
  • DSE Retriever Winch
  • Harken 20" Block – trace metal free, with wire-out, rate & tension readout. Logging capable.
  • Small capstan, 18" drum
  • Large capstan, 24" drum


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EM122 transmit array & HPR transducer stem
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Delivery cruise - 2002
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Ship's Blessing - 2002
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Kilo Moana:
  • In Port Ship Numbers: (808) 587-8566 | (808) 587-8567
  • Voice: 011-870-773-234249
  • Fax: 011-870-783207825
  • IRIDIUM: 1-480-768-2500 THEN, 881631830418
  • Cell: (808) 864-0065
Kilo Moana Master: master@km.soest.hawaii.edu
Marine Technicians, both out to sea and in port, can be reached via: otg@soest.hawaii.edu