Future Research Vessel Project
In May 2009 the Australian Government allocated $120 million for a new ocean-going research vessel to replace the Marine National Facility Research Vessel, the 66-metre Southern Surveyor.
RV Investigator's bridge console
The new vessel was designed, built and commissioned by CSIRO through the Future Research Vessel Project, an initiative of the Australian Government under the Super Science Initiative and financed from the Education Investment Fund.
Following a rigorous procurement process undertaken by the CSIRO, Teekay Holdings Australia Pty Ltd was awarded the contract in January 2011 to design, build and commission the new vessel. The vessel was designed by RALion (Robert Allan Ltd and Alion Science and Technology) from USA and Canada and built by Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd in Singapore. As a condition of their approved Australian Industry Participation Plan, Teekay ensured Australian suppliers and expertise were used where possible.
A national competition was run to find a name for the new research vessel, and Investigator was chosen, as it linked the ship to Australia's maritime history - Matthew Flinders first circumnavigated the continent in His Majesty’s sloop Investigator (1801-1803).
Updated: 04 March 2016