Investigator is well equipped to support the needs of scientists while they are at sea. The following pages are designed to introduce voyage participants to key facilities available on the vessel.
Although the ship has extensive automated monitoring equipment, much research requires equipment to be deployed and retrieved manually. The back deck is the main area for these activities, there is also a CTD deployment door on the starboard side of the vessel and booms at the front of the vessel for deploying specialised equipment.
The bridge is the control centre of the ship. The Master navigates the ship from the bridge and maintains a watching brief across all deck operations. Visitors must therefore be sensitive to the operations taking place when considering a bridge visit.
Scientists and MNF support staff sleep in single or twin cabins with en-suite washroom facilities incorporating toilet, shower, hand basin and toiletries cabinet. The cabins also have a desk, a lounge chair and storage space for clothes and personal items.
The mess room is a very important part of the ship as meal times provide a big moral boost on a busy voyage. Aside from eating, meal times provide time for people to sit down and chat. It is a great place to meet other voyage participants, MNF support staff and the crew.
The Operations Room is the control centre for scientific operations.
Recreation after a hard period of work on Investigator may take many forms including working out in the gym, watching a video in the lounge, reading a book in your cabin or just chatting to people in the mess.
Science work area
The Data Processing Laboratory is a workroom for science personnel.
The vessel is designed to support an on-board community for extended periods of time at sea. As such the vessel needs to be self-contained, non-polluting and to be able to operate comfortably in difficult conditions.
Updated: 27 November 2014