Operator: MI - Marine Institute
Vessel Type: Oceangoing Multipurpose Research Vessel
Vessel Class: Global
Operational Area under the calls: North-East
Atlantic, North Sea, Eastern Canadian waters
Number of Days Offered under the calls: 8
North-East Atlantic, North Sea, Eastern Canadian waters ndurance: 30 days
Scientist berths: 20
Multipurpose research vessel which carries out a wide variety of survey operations in offshore as well as deep sea locations, including fisheries surveys, acoustic and oceanographic surveys, buoy handling operations, environmental sampling, and geological and hydrographic surveying. Complies with the noise requirements of ICES CRR Report 209. Can accommodate 7 x containerized Labs. The vessel is fitted with Dynamic Positioning which allows it to be an excellent platform for ROV operations. Fitted with full hydrographic/oceanographic instrumentation suite.
Onboard scientific equipment:
Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (RDI Ocean Surveyor 486P/50);
Thermosalinograph SBE 21, with temperature sensor SBE 38;
CTD profiler and rosette sampler (SBE 911 CTD with SBE 32 carousel, 24 x 10L bottles);
Low-frequency scanning sonar (Kongsberg Simrad SP70);
Multi-beam echo sounder (Kongsberg Simrad EM1002 (SIS OS));
Single-beam echo sounder (scientific, Kongsberg Simrad EK60: 18, 38, 120, 200 kHz);
Single-beam echo sounder (hydrographic, Kongsberg Simrad EA600: 12, 38, 200 kHz);
Sub-bottom profiler (SES Probe 5000, 4x4 array, CODA DA200 acquisition system);
Sound velocity profiler (AML SVPlus/+ smart SV+T);
Moving vessel profiler (MVP).
Mobile scientific equipment on request:
RV Celtic Explorer can provide a range of additional mobile equipment for various tasks including a variety of grabs and corers, plankton nets and additional sampling equipment.
The Celtic Explorer is able to deploy:
Availability for EUROFLEETS2:
Modality of access under this proposal: Successful applicants will be offered between 8-14 days shiptime for up to 20 scientists at a suitable time in the vessels annual schedule. The vessel operates largely in the North East Atlantic as the North Sea as well as Eastern Canadian waters. Successful applicants will be given full use of the vessel and its permanent and portable scientific equipment.
Scientists will utilize the MI survey planning system for preliminary cruise planning and will engage with the Research Vessel Operations team in the MI in the planning phase of the survey.
Support offered under this proposal: Full use of the vessel and its facilities, Travel for personnel to/from mobilisation/demobilization ports, transportation and logistics costs as well as purchase of required consumables.
Travel and shipment costs:
Requirements for scientist:
Seafarers medical examination and STCW recognised Personal survival techniques certificate
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