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OPE111 quick specs

Top speed under engine – 15 knots
Top speed under sail - 22 knots
LOA – 111’  5”
DWL – 98’ 4"
Beam - 22’ 5“ (to fit 100ton travelift)
Draft - 11’ 9"
Air draft – 125’

Work deck size - 885 sq ft
Below deck lab space - 920 sq ft
Aft deck cargo hatches - 3 @ 3‘ 3” W X 7' L
Passenger count under 12hrs - 50
Passenger count over 12hrs - 34
Sleeps – 34
Displacement - 200,000 lbs

The Spartan Pride is an Ocean Planet Explorers and Moss Landing Marine Labs project

OPE111 "Spartan Pride"

What Makes the OPE111 Unique?

  • Propulsion systems
    The OPE111 has two forms of propulsion.  The first form is derived from the power of the wind via the two sails.  What makes the OPE111 rig so unique is the ease of handling and the efficient design.  The sails can either be trimmed by hand or by using the hydraulics.
    The second form is the Hybrid propulsion system.  The OPE111 will have three retractable pods that will give her unsurpassed maneuverability and power generation.  While under sail alone she will be able to recharge her batteries to minimize the need for the generators. The recharging will be generated by the propellers (which can be independently deployed and retracted as needed) and a combination of solar and wind will also be used to charge.

  • Reduced acoustic noise
    Due to the fact that the OPE111can be maneuvered by the power of the wind or electric propulsion, the radiation of noise into the water will be practically non existent.  This will allow her to approach the species of focus at a much shorter distance as well as not causing interference with the devices used to collect the data.


The partnership between San Jose State University and Ocean Planet Explorers

OPE and SJSU's partnership in the construction of the OPE111 was formed based on our mutual commitment to improving the health of the ocean.  SJSU has shown very strong interest in providing a better natural environment for future generations.  With a clear understanding of the large part that the marine ecosystem has on the environment as a whole.  As evidence of this they have huge upcoming plans to improve and upgrade the MLML facilities and to further establish MLML as one of the premier marine science laboratories in the world.  These plans involve a new dock, an upgrade to the land based laboratories and a flagship vessel that will help the researchers gather the data that they need, without adding to the problem by spewing exhaust gasses into the water and atmosphere, and introducing noise in the water which impedes the data collection.

SJSU's commitment however will take a lot of resources and revenue so OPE has decided to join their endeavors by assisting in the fundraising efforts and managing the construction of the OPE111 "Spartan Pride".  OPE will tap deep into our connections with the marine construction industry to construct the Spartan in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.  Once in service, the OPE111 "Spartan Pride" will be the Flagship of SJSU and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.  She will be the talk of the marine science community and in doing so will make a significant contribution to SJSU's reputation of being forward-thinking and innovative.


Call to action!

Spartan Pride is a collaborative effort.  Not only between OPE, SJSU and MLML but also with the general public.  Anyone who feels they may have something to contribute, remember we welcome your donation - financial or otherwise, your input and your involvement.  To be a part of this amazing and exciting project, please reach out to us at: sail@opexplorers.org.