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RV Simon Stevin

Operator: VLIZ - Flanders Marine Institute

Country: Belgium

Website: http://www.vliz.be/

Vessel Type: Multipurpose Research Vessel

Vessel Class: Coastal

Operational Area under the calls: Southern North Sea and Eastern English Channel

Number of Days Offered under the calls: 10

 Endurance: 5 days

Scientist berths: 10

Length: 36m

Simon Stevin


Coastal multipurpose research vessel that will be operational from September 2012 onwards. The vessel can take 10 scientists onboard for a maximum of 5 days. The ship will work in the southern bight of the North Sea (Le Havre-Hull-Bremerhaven). The vessel will be equipped with DP and will be silent. It can take 1 std. 20ft and 1 std 10ft. container onboard.

Onboard scientific equipment:

Multibeam echosounders Kongsberg EM2040 Gravimeters Bathythermograph Bathymetric echosounder Odom CV300 Magnetometer Thermosalinometer SBE21 Sub bottom profiler Doppler currentprofilers Teledyne Mariner 600kHz

Mobile scientific equipment on request:

The vessel is designed to operate the ROV Genesis (Not offered within EUROFLEETS2), property of UGent Belgium. .


Availability for EUROFLEETS2:

Modality of access under this proposal: The Simon Stevin will sail mainly daytrips but will serve multiple day cruises on demand within its working area (maximum of 5 days) for 2 cruises in the Southern North Sea and Eastern English Channel. The vessel is free of use for all national academic/institutional peer-reviewed scientific research. Cruise scheduling occurs every 4 months and if planning allows shiptime can be granted on shorter time frames (minimum one week in advance of 1-day cruises, 4 weeks in advance for multiple day cruises). VLIZ does not review request for shiptime accommodates all request to the maximum of available capacity.

Support offered under this proposal: All scientists embarking can use all available instruments and sampling tools for their research. VLIZ even may consider purchasing new equipment to further support projects. Technical and surveying support during the cruises can be requested.


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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