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New Environmental Research Ship to Hold Open House December 5 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Release Date: 11/30/2005
Contact Information: David Sternberg, (215) 814-5548

David Sternberg, (215) 814-5548

BALTIMORE - The public will have a unique opportunity to visit a floating laboratory on Monday, December 5, by touring the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s new Ocean Survey Vessel (OSV) Bold. The 224-foot ship will be docked in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor (near the National Aquarium) and open for public touring from noon to 5 p.m. This floating scientific laboratory helps EPA monitor public health and environmental threats to our oceans, bays, and estuaries.

The OSV Bold is a state-of-the art survey ship, equipped with the latest technology to support the monitoring and educational tasks necessary to preserve the quality of our oceans and coasts.

The Bold is equipped to support EPA’s ocean monitoring and educational tasks, carrying an array of sophisticated instruments to collect data on the state of our nation’s oceans and coastal waters. EPA initiated surveys on the Bold in August. The converted Navy vessel has onboard laboratories, an operating crew of 19 and can accommodate 20 scientists.

Beginning at noon until 5 p.m., EPA scientists will be on hand as visitors tour the ship and see first-hand how scientific studies are conducted at sea. The event is free.