R/V Hugh R. Sharp

University of Delaware


The Hugh R. Sharp is an acoustically quiet vessel designed by Bay Marine Inc. of Billerica, Massachusetts. The 146' coastal research vessel is designed to meet ICES radiated noise standards to 8 knots.

Accomodation is available for up to 30 scientists on day trips and up to 20 scientists on longer overnight trips.

Scientific facilities include wet and dry laboratories, winches, and can carry 20-foot portable laboratory vans. Dynacon supplied the scientific deck equipment including hydraulic systems and an "A" frame.

The Hugh R. Sharp is partially funded through the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) along with University funds and private donors.

The vessel was delivered in January 2006.

Quick Facts

Designer Bay Marine, Inc.
Barrington, RI
Sound Engineering Noise Control Engineering, Inc.
Billerica, MA
Length Overall 146' (44.5M)
Beam Overall 32' (9.8M)
Draft 8'-10" light
9'-8" heavy
Main Engines 4 x Cummins KTA 19-D
Z-Drives 2 x Schottel SRP 330M
Power (Electric)

4 x 460kW
1 x 50kW (emerg)