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Drillship Overhaul (Image 8)

August 1, 2011
Illustration showing the ocean drillship JOIDES Resolution from the outside, following the completion of a complete overhaul of the vessel.

The JOIDES Resolution is a dynamically positioned drillship and a floating laboratory that can drill down more than 2,000 meters into the seafloor in waters as deep as 7,000 meters. On-board the JOIDES, scientists from all over the world will lead expeditions aimed at the deep biosphere and the sub-seafloor ocean; environmental change, processes and effects; and solid Earth cycles and geodynamics. These are the principal science themes for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP), the international endeavor for which the new and improved JOIDES will primarily work. Already a 20-year workhorse of scientific ocean drilling, the JOIDES has been completely overhauled, resulting in a new U.S. drilling vessel for IODP. Laboratory space has been increased by 34 percent and is designed for greater efficiency in handling cores. There are 16 additional berths and all staterooms are double occupancy. Drilling capabilities and ship stability have been enhanced.

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