Operator: CNR - National Research Council
Vessel Type: Multipurpose Research Vessel
Vessel Class: Regional
Operational Area under the calls: Western Mediterranean
Number of Days Offered under the calls: 5
Endurance: 45 days
Scientist berths: 15
Multipurpose research vessel equipped with the most sophisticated instruments for the study of physical and chemical water quality parameters, and several laboratories for the on site study of biological populations and for the analysis of marine sediments.
Onboard scientific equipment:
The ship is equipped with a Simrad dynamic positioning system and high-low frequency acoustic positioning system in order to ensure an optimal use of scientific equipment. It has laboratories for geological, chemical and radiological analysis. On board software devices are available for navigation data processing, as well as geophysical, ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) and multiparametric probe data processing. The geophysical instruments include a Multibeam echo sounder SIMRAD KONGSBERG EM710 (1200 m maximum depth), an ADCP, a Chirp Datasonic profiler, a Sparker, a Sub-Bottom profiler, a Side-Scan Sonar (100 - 500 KHz) and a magnetometer. As concerns sampling systems (operating up to the maximum depth of the Mediterranean Sea) there are gravity and piston corers, box corer, grabs (Shipek e Van Veen) and dredges. On board it's also possible to use multiparametric sensors and multisamplers, CTD, Rosette Multisampler, devices for biological analysis and a ROV.
Mobile scientific equipment on request:
RV Urania can provide a range of additional mobile equipment for various tasks including a variety of grabs and corers, plankton nets and additional sampling equipment.
Availability for EUROFLEETS2:
Modality of access under this proposal: A user will be given access to the infrastructure with a full degree of independence with respect to the normal research activity of the infrastructure. Users cruise will be integrated into the annual scheduling of the infrastructure and the user will have full access to the scientific equipment onboard the infrastructure. Location and duration of work, type of equipment/service used, expected output will be carefully considered in order to fully integrate the user's cruise into the annual scheduling of the infrastructure. The RV Urania is being made available to the EUROFLEETS project for a total of 5 days in 2016.
Support offered under this proposal: The CNR ship is organized to give a complete technical and logistic support to the users. The crew offers support in operational deployment of any type of instruments, two technicians are included in the crew to maintain the scientific permanent instrumentation installed on board and help the scientific teams hosted on the ship. Other support: food and accommodation, lab space and power supply, communication, basic data for meterology navigational, operational and logistic support.
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:
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