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RV Aegaeo

Operator: HCMR - Hellenic Centre for Marine Research

Country: Greece

Website: http://www.hcmr.gr/en/articlepage.php?id=147

Vessel Class: Regional

Vessel Type: Multipurpose Research Vessel

Operational Area under the calls: Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Red Sea

Number of Days Offered under the calls: 8

Endurance: 14 days

Scientist berths: 21

Length: 61.5m



RV Aegaeo is a multipurpose research vessel which carries out a wide variety of survey operations in offshore as well as deep sea locations, including acoustic and oceanographic surveys, buoy handling operations, environmental sampling, and geological and hydrographic surveying. The vessel is an excellent platform for the submersible THETIS and ROV operations. Fitted with full hydrographic/oceanographic instrumentation suite.

Deck Equipment:

Stern hydraulic A-frame SWL 10 ton & 7.3m height
Side A-frame - SWL 1 ton
1 main crane 3.5 ton with centrally remote controlled winches x 2, 2500 m. 10 ton, oceanographic winch x 6000 m, x 2000 m Computer room: 6 m2.

Onboard scientific equipment:

Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler;
Thermosalinograph SBE 21;
Meteo station;
2 Multibeam sonars (SEABEAM 2120 & 1180);
Side Scan Sonar;
System for seismic analysis type Air-gun (5-40 inch 3) & sparker system (3-9 KJ);
2 rosettes for water sampling 12 & 24 samplers;
Various water and plankton samplers;
Various Seabird CTD sets;
Sediment traps;
Aanderaa RC7 current meters;
Various benthic samplers; benthic draggers and corers for fauna and sediment.

Mobile scientific equipment on request:

RV Aegaeo can provide a range of additional mobile equipment for various tasks including a variety of grabs and corers, plankton nets and additional sampling equipment.

Optional Equipment:


Availability for EUROFLEETS2:

Modality of access: Successful applicants will be offered a 8 days shiptime for up to 21 scientists at a suitable time in the vessel annual schedule. The vessel operates largely in Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Red Sea. Users will have full access to the infrastructure and scientific equipment.

Support offered under this proposal: The responsible groups from HCMR for the submersible facilitate the use of this rare infrastructure for the undertaken work.


Travel and shipment costs for "Regional 3 Call":

•  European funding will cover use of the vessels (with some berth limitation in some cases), full crew, fuel (at economical service speed, for details contact vessel operator), victuals and other standard operating costs. Travelling for the embarked team and transport of equipment will be covered up to a maximum amount designated to each research vessel.

• Grantees will not invoice the EUROFLEETS2 Consortium or respective vessel operator for any additional or third-party costs, such as salary costs, equipment manufacture, repair and rental of equipment, consumables, sub-contracting and assistance, publication costs and overheads

For more information please access the Guidelines for Applicants


Requirements for scientist:

To be covered by insurance policy for accident.

Technical Specifications:

For the technical specifications please see the EurOcean European Research Vessels InfoBase at