Hydrographic Ship - Almeida de Carvalho
The "Hydrographic ship Ex-NRP Almeida de Carvalho" with NATO designation A527 started construction in 1961 in California, in the summer of 1965 the ship was struck by a merchant navy vessel, sinking in the shipyard. With salvage operations the ship was afloat again, however, the recovery work on the ship was done by another shipyard in New Orleans. In January 1969 the "Kellar" was put into service for the US Navy and later acquired by Portugal and incorporated into the fleet of the Armed Forces on January 1972 with 47 crewmembers.
The Hydrographic ship has an area of 148m2 split between design rooms, dry and wet laboratory and 60m2 of locker space. For sounding in shallow waters it had one 8m boat. For precision positioning work the ship could be operated at distance, rudder and engine. It has air conditioning system for any type of climate with reinforced hull for navigation in icy seas. After 34 years of service the Hydrographic ship retired in 2002.
The Almeida Carvalho sailed for more than 41,000 hours of and travelled over more than 244,000 miles over the 30 years it was at the disposal of the Hydrographical Institute. Main foreign ports visited: San Francisco; Balboa; Panama Canal; Las Palmas; Cidade da Praia; Dakar; Bissau; Saint Nazaire; Casablanca; La Coruña; Cadiz and Jorf Lasfar.
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