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RV Mare Nigrum

Operator: GeoEcoMar - National Institute of Marine Geology and Geo-ecology

Country: Romania

Website: http://www.geoecomar.ro/website/nave-cercetare-mare-nigrum.html

Vessel Type: Oceangoing Multipurpose Research Vessel

Vessel Class: Regional

Operational Area under the calls: Black Sea

Number of Days Offered under the calls: 8

Endurance: 25 days

Scientist berths: 25

Length: 82m

Mare Nigrum


The RV Mare Nigrum is a multipurpose research vessel which carries out a wide variety of survey operations in offshore as well as deep sea locations, acoustic and oceanographic surveys, buoy handling operations, environmental sampling, and geological and hydrographic surveying. The ROV Vector M5 with 1000m depth rating can also be operated from RV Mare Nigrum.

Onboard scientific equipment:

CTD Rosette system: SBE 32C Carusel water sampler with 12 five liter bottles;
Gravity Corer and piston Corer (6m length);
MIDICORER MARK II-400with 4 tubes (60cm length,10cm ID;
Singlebeam, dual frequency (30&200 kHz) eco-sounder Ceeducer Pro;
Digital Hyrographic Survey System;
Eco sounder Ceeducer Digital Hydrographic Survey system 200 kHz shallow waters;
Sonar Edge Tech Chirp Full spectrum sub-bottom profiler 2 – 16 Khz;
Sea Surface Mapping System (SMS);
Geo Acoustics Digital Dual Frequency SS941 Side Scan 100/400 Khz;
Multibeam Elac Nautik Seabeam 1050 D, 50Khz,180Khz;
Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP);
Marine proton magnetometer Geometrics, model G877;
ROV Vector M5,1000m depth rating with DOE 18:1 color zoom camera unit.

Mobile scientific equipment on request:

RV Mare Nigrum can provide a range of additional mobile equipment for various tasks including a variety of grabs and corers and additional sampling equipment.


Availability for EUROFLEETS2:

Modality of access under this proposal: Successful applicants will be offered a 8 days shiptime at a suitable time in the vessel annual schedule in the Black Sea. Up to 25 people between scientists and technicians may be hosted on board. The vessel operates largely in Black Sea. Users will have full access to the infrastructure and scientific equipment.

Support offered under this proposal: full access to the infrastructure and scientific equipment. The scientific team will be supported by the Mare Nigrum technical staff, both during the mobilization and the execution of the cruise. Food and accommodation, lab space and power supply, communication, operational and logistic support will be provided.



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:

Seafares medical examination.

Technical Specifications:

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