RV Investigator

Explore the wide capabilities of this impressive research vessel, its technical specifications and suite of available equipment.

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Enabling multi-disciplinary science

RV Investigator delivers a flexible platform that enables multidisciplinary teams of researchers to voyage into the region's oceans to:

  • undertake full ocean depth oceanography
  • map and study the geology of the seafloor
  • collect data to monitor and better understand our fisheries
  • study weather patterns, large ocean processes and climate change.

[Music plays and plankton floats around the screen and text appears: Marine National Facility]

[Music continues to play and the image changes to show a school of tuna swimming across the screen]

[Image changes to show an animation of the Investigator on the ocean and text appears: R.V. Investigator]

[The camera zooms in on the animation of the Investigator and then the camera pans in an anticlockwise direction and text appears: Investigator is a multidisciplinary vessel capable of oceanographic, biological, geoscience and atmospheric research]

[Camera continues to pans in an anticlockwise direction from an aerial view and measurements appear on the side and across the back of the boat: 94 metres, 18.5 metres]

[Image changes to show a side view of the animation of the Investigator moving from the right to the left of the screen and measurements appear vertically against the side of the boat: 37 metres, 10 storeys tall]

[Image changes to show a front view of the animation of the Investigator and a box appears on the right hand side of the screen displaying 60 outlines of people and text appears: 60 scientists and crew]

[Camera pans over the deck of the animation of the Investigator and then in a clockwise direction and text appears on either side of the ship: 10 Laboratories, 13 Container Laboratories]

[Image shows containers being put on the deck of the ship]

[Image changes to show a view of an animation of the Investigator moving towards the camera and text appears: Cruising speed of 11 knots, Up to 60 days at sea without refuelling]

[Camera zooms in on a side view of the animation of the Investigator and then the camera pans in an anticlockwise direction to show a rear view of the animation of the Investigator]

[Image changes to show an underwater view of the animation of the Investigator facing away from the camera and text appears: 3 diesel electric motors, 2 AC electric propulsion motors]

[Camera continues to pan in an anticlockwise direction showing an underwater view of the animation of the Investigator]

[Camera zooms in on the gondola below the hull of the animation of the Investigator and text appears: A large steel housing attached 1.2 m below the hull, called a gondola, contains solar technology.]

[Camera continues to pan in a clockwise direction showing the gondola]

[Image changes to show the retractable drop keels on the bottom of the animation of the Investigator and text appears: Two fully retractable scientific drop keels collect water samples, and contain sonar to study ocean biology]

[Camera continues to pan in an anticlockwise direction showing the retractable keels on the bottom of the animation of the Investigator]

[Image changes to show an aerial view of marine equipment being deployed from the rear of the deck of the animation of the Investigator and text appears: Investigator can deploy a diverse range of sampling equipment]

[Image changes to show the marine science equipment being towed underwater]

[Image changes to show a multi corer being deployed from the left hand side of the animation of the Investigator]

[Image changes to show the multi corer plunging beneath the surface of the water]

[Image changes to show a view of the hull of the animation of the Investigator and then the camera zooms in on the bow thruster and text appears: The ship’s retractable bow thruster is part of a dynamic positioning system that allows research to continue in most weather conditions]

[Camera continues to pan in an anti-clockwise direction showing the bow thruster]

[Image changes to show a front view of the animation of the Investigator and the camera zooms in on the communications equipment on top of the bridge and text appears: High speed satellite communications]

[Camera zooms up and over the bridge and pans in an anti-clockwise direction to show an aerial view of the animation of the Investigator on the ocean]

[Camera zooms out until the animation of the Investigator is just a speck in the ocean and then the image changes to show a view of Australia on the world globe]

[Camera zooms out again to show the globe in space surrounded by stars and text appears: Investigator enables a new era for Australia’s marine and atmospheric researchers, putting them at the forefront of global research, with the latest state-of-the-art scientific equipment]

[The image shows the globe very slowly spinning in an anticlockwise direction]

[Music continues playing and MNF and CSIRO logos and text appears: Marine National Facility, Supporting, enabling and inspiring marine science, Owned and operated by CSIRO on behalf of Australia]