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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Channel Islands
National Park

1901 Spinnaker Dr.
CA, 93001

805 658-5700 phone
805 658-5799 fax

Channel Islands National Park News Release

Release Date: October 17, 2001
Contact: Yvonne Menard
Phone: 805 658-5725

Channel Islands National Park Christens New Boat

Transparent spacerChannel Islands National Park announces the christening of a new vessel, the Sea Ranger II, on Tuesday October 23, 2001 at her homeport at 1901 Spinnaker Drive in Ventura, California. The christening ceremony and "open boat" will be held in conjunction with the "Best of Ventura County" awards celebration hosted by the Ventura County Reporter and held at the park's Robert J. Logomarsino Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

Transparent spacerPark Superintendent Tim J. Setnicka feels that, "The Sea Ranger II is a fine example of environmental leadership in the use and application of sustainable products." The Sea Ranger II will transport staff and up to 16,000 lbs. of supplies from the mainland to the five park islands at a speed of 21 knots. This new vessel replaces and is named in honor of the park's first boat the Sea Ranger. The Sea Ranger, a 41-foot Hatteras, served the park for 34 years and traveled an equivalent of 3 circumnavigations of the earth before being retired in 1999.

Transparent spacerThe Sea Ranger II, a 58-foot fiberglass boat designed by Marine Architect Paul A. Gow and built by Modutech Marine in Seattle, Washington is outfitted with the latest developments in sustainable use and construction. The engines burn 100% bio-diesel; a non-petroleum fuel derived from recycled cooking oil. This alternative fuel is non-toxic to the marine environment and has exhaust that is 97% less carcinogenic than diesel. Additionally, the vessel's steering, bow thruster, and crane are charged with a vegetable-based hydraulic fluid. The main and auxiliary engines use re-refined oil. Special bearings were added to eliminate the production of oily bilge water.

Transparent spacerOther environmentally friendly features include bottom paint that contains no toxic heavy metals. The vessel's interior is finished with plantation teak harvested from sustainably managed hardwood forests. The laminate flooring material contains both natural and recycled content. The carpeting fiber is made from 100% post consumer recycled nylon.

Transparent spacerAll of these "green" innovations come together aboard the Sea Ranger II, a vessel that will carry the message of environmental stewardship as she serves Channel Islands National Park in accomplishing the mission of the National Park Service for many years to come.

Sea Ranger II

The Sea Ranger II arriving in Ventura, 10-07-2001

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The National Park Service cares for the special places saved by the American People so that all may experience our heritage.
Author: Yvonne Menard

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