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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: Black Sea

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.

Science support by crew:

Deck crew: 24h operations supported; Regular technical support for onboard science systems.

Availability for EUROFLEETS:

The RV Mare Nigrum is being made available to the EUROFLEETS project for a total of 5 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 annually for work in the Black Sea from January to mid December.

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:

Seafares medical examination.

Technical Specifications:

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