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RV Belgica

Operator: RBINS-MUMM - Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Country: Belgium

Website: http://www.mumm.ac.be/EN/Monitoring/Belgica/index.php

Vessel Type: Oceanographic Multipurpose Research Vessel

Vessel Class: Regional - Near Ocean

Operational Area: 32° N to 65° N and 15° E to 15° W including the North Sea, English Channel, Gulf Of Biscay, Irish Sea and Celtic Sea.

Endurance: 15 days

Scientist berths: 12 + 4 in 20 ft accommodation container

Length: 51m



Multipurpose research vessel equipped to carry out a multitude of research tasks in the fields of monitoring and evaluation of the quality of the marine environment, the functioning of the ecosystem, fisheries research, geological and sedimentological studies, scientific diving, etc. The vessel has a free aft deck of 140 m2 and is equipped with 7 laboratories and 2 areas reserved for scientific operations on the bridge: 115 m2 in total. Two ISO 20 ft containers can be embarked including the 4 pax accomm. Container if needed. The ship has an autonomous oceanographic data acquisition system "ODAS" with real time as well as historical data accessible by the embarked scientists. The Belgica is equipped with two oceanographic winches, one with 1600 m STD/Water sampler carousel capability, 2 trawl winches, net winch, stern and SB-side gantry, revolving gantry on the side and telescopic crane.

Onboard scientific equipment:

Seabird SBE19 and SBE911Plus STD systems; Seabird SBE32 seawater sampling system (12 Niskin or Go Flo 10 l); Sequoia, Lisst-100X. A Seabird SBE21 thermosalinograph is installed in the non-toxic seawater circuit.

Kongsberg EM3002D and EM1002 multibeam systems; sound velocity profilers are AML SVPlus and Valeport miniSVS; Kongsberg EA400 echosounder (33 kHz, 210 kHz & 38 kHz 7°); ADCP RDI Workhorse WH300. Several sediment samplers are available: box corers NIOZ type, Van Veen grab, ‘Bowers & Connelly’ Multicorer Mark 1, Reineck sampler as well as a 3 meter beam trawl with scrimp net. Alpha Laval suspended matter centrifuge.

Newly installed FerryBox system (January 2011), the SubCtech OceanPack measuring system - an automatic measurement and supervision of various crucial water parameters - with the Data management system SmartDI datalogger and the following instruments: Seabird model SBE-45 TSG thermosalinograph, water intake temperature sensor Seabird thermometer model SBE38, Turner Designs Field Fluorimeter (chlorophyll a), Dissolved Oxygen sensor (Anderaa AADI Oxygen Optode), pH sensor, chlorophyll-a/Pigment sensors, Turbidity Sensors, CO 2 partial pressure sensor (Contros), Systea Nutrient analyzer (Micromac-1000 system) + filtration unit, hyper spectral radiometer TriOS RAMSE-ACC-VIS, cosine PAR sensor (Licor LI-190SA quantum sensor) + a standard water sampler with special bottles and filling mechanism.

Mobile scientific equipment on request:

Tripode construction for short time deployment in shallow water, equipped with Sontek ADP & ADV; Seabird SBE37, OBS & Sequoia Lisst-100X. RDI ADCP Sentinel Workhorse WH1200.

Science support by crew:

Decks crew: 24h, decks crew for heavy gear: 12h daytime, no regular technical support for onboard science systems. Technical support on request for deployment of Seabird STD/ carousel water sampler for instance.

Availability for EUROFLEETS:

The RV Belgica is being made available to the EUROFLEETS project for a total of 6 days for one or two cruises, this duration can be extended to a maximum of 12 days for well evaluated projects, subject to budget availability. The vessel will be available for work in the North Sea, English Channel, Gulf of Biscay, Irish Sea and Celtic Sea from mid January to mid July and from mid August to mid December. Mobilisation and demobilisation are not included in the number of available days and could be done in another port then the home port on transit route or close to the working zone.

Travel and shipment costs:

Travelling costs for cruise participants and the shipment of equipment to the port of mobilisation and back from the port of demobilisation will be reimbursed up to a maximum of 15.000€. If higher costs are incurred they have to be covered by the applicant.

Requirements for scientist:

To be defined.

Technical Specifications:

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