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4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
toll-free: (800) 456-9009
The R/V BELLOWS is a 71-ft research vessel, built in 1962, owned and operated by the Florida Institute of Oceanography. Powered by two GM6-71 diesel engines for 400 total hp and with a shallow draft of 4 ft it is ideal for estuarine, coastal, Caribbean and BahamasIsland research. The normal operational areas for the BELLOWS are the Gulf of Mexico, SE Atlantic, Bahamas and the northern Caribbean Sea.
Scientific equipment that is available for use on cruises include: CTD, XBT, Niskin bottles, reversing thermometers, bottom grabs, and piston corer. Side boom-Starboard side extending 13 ft for plankton/neuston tows. Work area-185 sq. ft. dry/wet air conditioned 12' x 14' laboratory, refrigerator/freezer space; salt water system; 275 sq. ft. afterdeck area.