The bridge on the investigator

Specifications

 

Name:

RV Investigator

Port of Registry:

Hobart

Research Vessel:

Multi-purpose

Length Overall:

93.9 metres  

Beam:

18.5 metres

Draft:

6.2 metres

Lloyds Classification:

+100A1, +LMC RESEARCH VESSEL, DP (AM) UMS, ICE 1C, IWS, SPS CODE  

Gross tonnage:

6082

Australian Register of Shipping Official Number:

860820

IMO Number:

9616888

Endurance:

60 days

Cruising speed:

11 knots

Range:

10,800 nautical miles @ 11 knots

Accommodation:

Total 60 berths; approximately 20 crew, 5-10 technical support staff and 30-35 research staff depending on voyage objectives

Diesel Generators:

3 x 9 cylinder 3000kW MaK Diesel engines each coupled to a 690V AC Generator

Propulsion:

Diesel-Electric, 2 x fixed pitch propellers

Propulsion Motors:

2 x L3 AC reversible propulsion motors rated at 2600 kW each

Thruster:

1200 kW bow Azimuth thruster

Rudders:

2 x independently vectoring Becker high lift

Steering Gear:

2 x rotary vane units

Stabilisers:

Passive roll tanks

DNV Silent-R:

Will operate with low levels of radiated noise to allow for enhanced science operations

Ice capability:

Operations will be limited to the ice edge and the vessel will avoid ice wherever possible as the vessel has an exposed gondola with acoustic instruments mounted on it, unprotected propellers and rudders. 

Dynamic Positioning:

Kongsberg K-Pos - DP1 (AM) which allows the vessel to hold station within defined limits

Electrical supply:

690V 3 phase 50Hz/415V 3 phase 50Hz/240V single phase 50Hz and uninterruptable power supply for laboratories and science equipment

Emergency Generator:

1 x 400kW

Capacities:

Fuel oil 700 tonnes, fresh water 38 tonnes

Drop keels:

2 x drop keels with instrumentation mounting extendable to 4m below the keel. Either drop keel deployable at normal transiting speeds; both keels deployable at speeds less than 5 knots

Gondola:

13m x 9m, 1.5m below the keel with fixed acoustic instrumentation

A Frame:

Triplex 20 tonne, height 9.4m, width 5.3m and capable of 170o swing range

 

Handling equipment for short and long sediment corer pipes:

1 x Triplex telescopic boom with 30 tonnes lifting capacity, 1 x Triplex corer pipe handler and 2 x Triplex corer pipe davits with 2 tonne lifting capacity

 

Forward Towing Booms:

2 x Triplex hydraulic (port and starboard) 250 kg standoff 11 metres

 

Aft Towing Booms:

2 x Triplex hydraulic (port and starboard) 2.5 tonnes standoff 2.5 metres

 

Main Crane:

Dreggen Electro Hydraulic knuckle boom crane, 25 tonnes @ 12 metres, 5 tonnes @ 20 metres

 

Forward Stores Crane:

Dreggen electro hydraulic pedestal crane 5 tonnes @ 10 metres

 

Aft Utility Cranes:

2 x Dreggen electro hydraulic pedestal crane 5 tonnes @ 10 metres

 

Winch types:

2 x trawl, 1 x net drum, 1 x heavy duty towing, 1 x towed body deployment and recovery, 1 x vertical sediment grab and light towing, 1 x long sediment coring, 2 x CTD

 

Navigational equipment:

Kongsberg Integrated K-Bridge

 

Radar equipment:

Kongsberg S-band and X-band navigation radars, C-band dual polarisation Doppler weather radar

 

Communications:

Primary system: Dual-antenna 512kbps C Band VSAT; Secondary system: Inmarsat Fleet Broadband 500; Inshore system: Telstra Next G

 

Owners:

CSIRO

 

Ship Managers:

ASP Ship Management Group

Updated: 25 January 2017