RV ALKOR

Vessel Profile

Home port:
Kiel, Germany
Home port Coordinates:
Latitude: 54.3300340 N Longitude: 10.148203 E
Organisation & Address:

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Wischhofstr. 1-3, D-24148 Kiel, Germany

Normal Area of Operation:

Baltic Sea and North Sea

Max No of EF+ Days:
7
Vessel details:

Length

Breadth

Draught

Gross Tonnage

Ice class

DP

Service speed

Max No. Scientific

Berths

No. of EF+ Scientific Berths

54,6

12,5

4,16

999,8

No

No

11

12

12

Technical Detail

Laboratory Facilities (fixed and temporary):

Dry, wet, chemistry and cold labs, wet lab (15-52 sqm), fitted with a stainless-steel fish sorting system, 3 freezers (up to -40°C) and refrigerators.

Capacity to carry 2 x 20ft containerized labs. 

Thermosalinograph

CTD/Plankton sampling:

CTD and Rosette sampler – 1 x SBE 911 CTD with Hydrobios carousel (12 Bottle), 1000m deployment capability.

Multi-Beam(s)/ Sub Bottom profiling:

Mobile multibeam-system Seabeam 1000 with 180 kHz transducers / sediment echosounder SES 2000

Fisheries Echo Sounders/Sonar:

EK 60 @ 38, 70, 120, 200 Khz

USBL:

Not available

There are 6 winches for scientific operation driven by a central hydraulic system. At starboard, there is a 4-drum winch on the midships forecastle, at the stern there is a single-conductor towing winch (W5), and on the main deck stern there are two trawl line winches (W6a and W6b). A lateral boom (A-frame) is located midships stern on the main deck.

Coring/Sampling Capabilities:

Not available

Winches:

There are 6 winches for scientific operation driven by a central hydraulic system. At starboard, there is a 4-drum winch on the midships forecastle, at the stern there is a single-conductor towing winch (W5), and on the main deck stern there are two trawl line winches (W6a and W6b). A lateral boom (A-frame) is located midships stern on the main deck.

Communications:

Satellite  Broadband system, 3072kbps/1024 Kbits, Iridium, GSM phone and VOIP system

Special features:

Hangar at starboard

Suitable for:

Multipurpose research vessel.  Suitable for carrying out a wide variety of scientific survey operations in coastal and shelf areas.  The vessel is adapted to accommodate a variety of Remotely Operated Vehicles.

Vessel capable of trawling to 500m, fisheries acoustic surveys, hydrographic survey, oceanographic surveys, mooring deployments, seismic surveys, ROV and AUV deployments. 

Scientific Limitations:

Coring is limited to 6m and the vessel has no DP.

Vessel capability to support ROV deployment:

Yes, capable, has deck space with 500kva power supply, A-Frame for Launch and recovery.

Support Offered to EurofleetsPlus Users:

All vessel equipment will be made available to EurofleetsPlus Users on request. 

Vessel availability by location and by year/time of year for Eurofleets+:

Year

Location

Availability by Month

Ports of operation in the period of availability

2020

Normal operating area as above

7 days on request

Kiel

2021

Normal operating area as above

7 days on request

Kiel

2022

Normal operating area as above

7 days on request

Kiel

Contact Details

Applicants are welcomed to discuss the initial feasibility of their work while they prepare their application with the operator of RV Alkor at forschungsschiffe@geomar.de

Medical certification required for joining the vessel and the list of acceptable certificates.

None

Are additional medical checks required

None

Survival training certification required for joining vessel

List of acceptable equivalent certification:

None

Additional certification required e.g. Ship security awareness / other

None

Diplomatic clearance required for area of operation

Yes, for operation in neighbouring EEZ’s e.g. UK, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Livonia, Latvia, Estonia (and others as applicable).  Required to be submitted to forschungsschiffe@geomar.de 6 months prior to cruise

Additional clearances required for area or type of activity

  • Additional clearances for operations in Irish Special areas of Conservation if applicable
  • Seismic operations require additional permits   

Other requirements for other jurisdictions to be addressed via Diplomatic clearance process.

The R/V ALKOR was commissioned in 1990 and is owned by the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.