New tender for Alvin



This month the Atlantis II will become the new tender ship for the Deep Submergence Research Vehicle (DSRV) Alvin. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's 64-m refitted ship replaces the 32-m catamaran Lulu, which has been Alvin's tender and escort for 19 years. Originally constructed as a temporary support vessel from two surplus mine sweeping pontoons, Lulu cannot move quickly enough or traverse the large distances required to support priority research. In the next three months, two workshops will review letters of intent to use the new ship/submersible team.