Cetacean Marine operates and maintains the 180’ R/V Lake Guardian and the 36’ R/V Mudpuppy II under a long term federal contract let by the US Environmental Protection Agency. These vessels monitor the quality of the water and marine biological habitat in the Great Lakes Basin. Lake Guardian is powered by twin Cummins diesels driving conventional propellers in Kort Nozzles. The vessel has a crew of 14 Cetacean mariners.
Cetacean Marine further operates the 135' diving tenders YDT 17 and YDT 18. These are purpose built vessels powered by twin Cat 3508 diesels driving Hamilton Waterjets. Each of these vessels have a crew of five Cetacean mariners and are employed in the training of military divers.
Cetacean Marine was selected by AKER Philadelphia Shipyard to perform the builders sea and acceptance trials on the Seariver Maritime, VLCC tanker, the M/V Eagle Bay. This was complete in November 2014. Additionally, CM has been selected to perform the sea trials on the Crowley Maritime series of product tankers being built in Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. The first in class, M/V Ohio, trial was completed in July 2015.
What’s a cetacean?
Ce.ta.cean (si ta’shen) n. [L. cetus], large sea animal; any of an order (Cetacea) of nearly hairless, fishlike water mammals, lacking external hind limbs, but having paddle-like forelimbs. Whales, porpoises and dolphins are cetaceans.