We are very proud of the Research Vessel “Chetlo” as it was built on campus by VIU’s aluminum boat building program in 2008 and launched in 2009. This summer it was used to build what will be our research and training farm.
Here is the video from the launch.
Follow this link to see a full set of photos of the Chetlo being built, launched and working. Specifications and details further down :
Designed by Victoria Marine Architect, Bradley Dale
Additional Design and construction consultation from Qualicum Marine Architect, Bruce Cope
Centre for Shellfish Research Project Manager – Brian Kingzett
VIU Welding Program lead on project – Owen Popplestone
Construction: Aluminum Construction was performed by Trades and Applied Technology Program Aluminum Boat Building Program Class of 2008. Vessel was then completed and fitted out by the CSR and Welding Program staff and contractors
Purpose: The Chetlo services the Deep Bay Field Station north of Nanaimo and is used with the marine research and training shellfish farm operated by the station. The vessel will be used for farming and research support, training students and giving tours.
CSR staff and summer students installing navigation floats on the new farm.
Being used as a marine classroom during the CSR’s 2009 FLOW (Future Leaders On the Water) summer program for First Nations youth.
Design and Sustainability – The vessel is an aluminum catamaran which will provide a safe and stable working platform for aquaculture, research and training operations. Design and operations are sensitive to shellfish farming’s strict requirements for marine environmental quality. The vessel uses 4-stroke Yamaha outboards that meet highest emission standards, and the diesel hydraulic system operates on bio-diesel and uses environmentally friendly hydraulic oil. The vessel has an onboard toilet with waste holding to insure that waste is not discharged into the environment.
Name: R.V. CHETLO “Chetlo” is the Chinook Jargon name for oyster and was suggested by VIU employee John Morgan in an naming contest. Chinook Jargon originated as a pidgin trade language of the Pacific Northwest, and spread quickly up the West Coast from modern Oregon to the regions now Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska It is related to, but not the same as, the aboriginal language of the Chinook people, upon which much of its vocabulary is based (From Wikipedia)
Length: 11.96 M
Breadth: 3.65 M
Depth: 1.38 M
Gross Tonnage: 8.68
Net Tonnage: 8.25
2 x Yamaha T50 (high Thrust) outboards
1 x 30 Hp. Vanguard Diesel auxiliary
2 x 3Hp 12volt Lewmar bow thrusters
Amco Veba Articulating Crane
On-board toilet with waste holding tank