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RV Salme

Operator: TUT - Tallinn University of Technology

Country: Estonia

Website: http://www.msi.ttu.ee/index.php?toc=48

Vessel Type: Research Vessel

Vessel Class: Regional

Operational Area under the calls: Baltic Sea

Number of Days Offered under the calls: 11

Endurance: 7 days

Scientist berths: 12

Length: 31.3m



Multipurpose research vessel which carries out a wide variety of survey operations in the Baltic Sea region, including oceanographic surveys, buoy handling operations, environmental sampling, and geological surveying. The vessel is newly renovated and has modern facilities for work (two laboratories and seminar room) and accommodation (including air conditioning, sauna etc). The laboratory is equipped with fume hood, destillator (reverse osmosis), deep freezers etc. Internet access is available in the areas of GSM coverage.

Onboard scientific equipment:

Idronaut OCEAN SEVEN 320Plus WOCE-CTD Multiparameter Probe including Idronaut Dissolved Oxygen Sensor;
Seapoint Chlorophyll Fluorometer;
General Oceanics Coastal CTD/Mini-Rosette (Model 1018) with 12 bottles of 1.7 litre;
Towable CTD (Neil Brown Mark III) with Chl a and phycocyanin fluorometers (TriOS);
Sea-Bird SBE 19plus CTD probe equipped with SBE 43 oxygen sensor, WETLabs WETStar fluorometer and WETLabs ECO NTU turbidity sensor;
Flow-through system for on route measurements of temperature, salinity, Chl a fluorescence, phycocyanin, dissolved oxygen and pCO2 in the surface layer (water intake at 2 m depth);
Onboard computers with software for the control and data retrieval from CTD probes, CTD/Rosette and towable CTD;  
Two winches, crane (max load 3 tons), A-frame;
Deployment of moorings and related work is supported.


Mobile scientific equipment on request:

RV Salme can provide a range of additional mobile equipment for various tasks including a variety of optical sensors and additional sampling equipment, grabs and corers. Laboratory equipment like nutrient autoanalyzer, filtering devices, FlowCAM etc may be installed onboard.
On request Slocum G2 glider equipped with CTD, Chl a fluorescence, turbidity and dissolved oxygen sensors is available.


Availability for EUROFLEETS2:

Modality of access under this proposal: R/V Salmeā€Ÿs working area is the Baltic Sea with home port being Lennusadam in Tallinn. The vessel has no ice class. Autonomous use of the vessel in the sea (without port visits) is 7 days and it will be offered for 11 days. Applications for the use of the R/V should be sent before December of the previous year to the Marine Systems Institute. Changes in the working schedule of the R/V are also possible, but are subject to availability, commitments, weather etc.

Support offered under this proposal: Support is offered for mobilisation of the vessel (installation of equipment, container lab, preparations for buoy deployments, for work with towed equipment etc.) and during the cruises.



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:


Technical Specifications:

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