RV Chetlo, a little class project eh…

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 :

Traditional Blessing

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

Chetlo construction tea,

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.

RV Chetlo

CSR staff and summer students installing navigation floats on the new farm.

Marine Biology Lab

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)

Vessel Specifications
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
Water Pump
On-board toilet with waste holding tank


4 Responses to “RV Chetlo, a little class project eh…”

  1. FLOW – Future Leaders On the Water « VIU Deep Bay Field Station Updates Says:

    […] and First Nations youth on the deck of the Chetlo during 2009 program looking at plankton just collected from a […]

  2. A great day at Deep Bay « VIU Deep Bay Field Station Updates Says:

    […] both trades and academic training.  The recent construction of the 40 ft aluminum catamaran MV Chetlo by the VIU aluminum boat building program students using Canada Foundation for Innovation funding […]

  3. High School Oceanography – Our First « VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station Updates Says:

    […] Led by teacher Marilyn Wallace and joined by Dr. Bill Pennell, we took to Baynes Sound in the Chetlo to ask some questions – how do we measure the physical and biological properties of the […]

  4. POst Report: Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up at Deep Bay 2011 « VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station Updates Says:

    […] Approximately 2km of the harbour was cleaned and we still need to go back this week with the Chetlo on a rising tide and collect another big cache the crew made that was too big to pack out from along […]

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