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RV Hesperides

Operator: Instituto de Ciencias del Mar (CMIMA-CSIC)

Country: Spain

Website: http://www.utm.csic.es

Vessel Type: Multipurpose Research Vessel

Vessel Class: Global

Operational Area under the calls: Antarctic: Shetland Islands. Transit, from/to Ushuaia - Pta. Arenas. North - South Atlantic transit; Arctic: Barents Sea (South of Svalbard), Norwegian Sea

Number of Days Offered under the calls: 8

Endurance: 90 days

Scientist berths: 30

Length: 85.5m



Multidisciplinary research vessel with polar capacity that belongs to the Spanish Navy and is operated for science by the UTM-CSIC. She is equipped for, oceanography, geology, geophysics, hydrography, benthos mapping, etc. At a yearly basis the vessel goes to Antarctica for multidisciplinary research and eventually to give support to the Spanish Antarctic Stations, located at Livingston and Deception Islands. Moreover one of the duties is mapping the economical exclusive zone of the Spanish waters.

Onboard scientific equipment:

Scientific equipment includes: various echo sounders; ADCP; 2x rosette (24 bottles) - CTD (SeaBird 911+ with LADCP); marine gravity meter; marine magnetometer; multiple plankton nets; salinograph; fluorometers, scintillator counter; spectrophotometer; spectrofluorometer; autoanalyser; TeraScan TS300 remote sensing system. 2. Simrad EM12S-120 and EM1002S multibeam echo sounders; EA-500 and EK-500 scientific echo sounders; TOPAS high resolution system. All transducers are located in a blister. 3. Ashtech 3DF ADU2 attitude system; GPS Trimble 4000. 4. Passive tank roll stabilisation system.

Mobile scientific equipment on request:



Availability for EUROFLEETS2:

Modality of access under this proposal: Successful applicants will be offered between 8 days ship time in the Antarctic: Shetland Islands. Transit, from/to Ushuaia - Pta. Arenas. North - South Atlantic transit; Arctic: Barents Sea (South of Svalbard), Norwegian Sea for up to 30 scientists at a suitable time in the vessels annual schedule. The vessel operates mostly in Antarctica waters, with transit South Shetlands Islands from/to Ushuaia and Punta Arenas, on top the long transit from North to South Atlantic and in the Western Mediterranean. Successful applicants will be given full use of the vessel and its permanent and portable scientific equipment. Scientists will utilize the CSIC survey planning system for preliminary cruise planning and will involve the RV Operations team in the CSIC in the planning phase of the survey. Final detailed cruise planning will be between cruise leader, RV operations team, the Chief Technician and the Hespérides Captain

Support offered under this proposal: The scientific team will be supported by the UTM-CSIC/RV Operations team during the preparations for the cruise, both logistically and technically, and all equipment, instruments and other supplies shipped to the port of departure will be handled by the land based staff and/or the vessel crew. Full use of the vessel and its facilities



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Requirements for scientist:


Technical Specifications:

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