Vessel Profile

Home port:
Vigo (Spain)  SDN::C38::BSH263
Home port Coordinates:
Latitude: 42.217 Longitude: -8.700
Organisation & Address:

Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO)

C/Corazón de Maria, 8

28002-Madrid (Spain)

Vessel Web site address:
Link to Vessel Schedules:
Normal Area of Operation:

Iberian Peninsula waters, (Bay of Biscay, NE Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Cadiz, Strait of Gibraltar, Alborán Sea, Western Mediterranean), Balearic + Canary Island waters.

On a case by case basis depending on annual operational plan.

Max No of EF+ Days:
Vessel details:




Gross Tonnage

Ice class


Service speed

Max No. Scientific


No. of EF+ Scientific Berths

46.7 m

10.5 m


951 Tm



12 kn



Technical Detail

Laboratory Facilities (fixed and temporary):

Wet and Dry labs.

Underway Continuous Recorders

Meteo. Station AANDERAA 3660, CUFES 600 l/min, Termosalinographer SB21, Fluorometer TURNER 10AU and VM-ADCP (150kHz). All of them are linked to the MDM (Marine Data Management System) working onboard.

Mobile scientific equipment on request: (pending on availability)

Grabs: Box corer, Van-Veen and Shipeck; Phyto & zooplankton nets; Demersal and pelagic trawls; CTD: SB911, SB25; Rosette sampler 12 bottles.

CTD/Plankton sampling:

CTD (on request): SB911, SB25; Rosette sampler 12 bottles.

Multi-Beam(s)/ Sub Bottom profiling:

EM710, TOPAS PS18, FS70

Fisheries Echo Sounders/Sonar:

EK60. Net monitoring SCANMAR.

High Precision Acoustic Positioning and underwater navigation system HiPAP 500, Net sounder FS20/25.

Coring/Sampling Capabilities:

• 1 Hydrographic Multipurpose Winch. Length 4000m; Diameter 8mm;

• 1 Coaxial Winch. Length 6000m; Diameter 8mm;

• 2 Trawl Winches: Length 3000m; Diameter 18mm (below main deck);

• 2 Net Winches: Length 120m; Capability 2.8m3;

• 1 Coaxial Winch. Length 1500m; Diameter 11mm.


Satellite Broadband, GSM, VSAT  Ku Band, INMARSAT

Special features:

This silent design Research Vessel (ICES 209) will be able to carry out surveys that involve the use of a wide range of oceanographic techniques; fisheries, physics, chemistry and geology. Her tackle is designed to operate CTD, rosette sampler, grab, corer, trawl fishing, SSS, ROV, etc.

Suitable for:

The regional vessel R/V Alvarino is a multipurpose research vessel that works from fisheries research to marine geology/hydrographic surveys and oceanographic ones. The vessel is made available to both internal users and to external academic researchers by the annual shiptime funding program which is a peer reviewed process based on scientific excellence. This funding results in many international researchers forming part of scientific teams.

It is offered for scientific cruises up to a length of 15 days (vessel maximum autonomy are 10 days), mainly in Iberian Coasts, Western Mediterranean, and Canary Islands. The scientific team, according to the approved plan, will have full access to the vessel scientific systems. Since those two vessels mainly operate one in Biscay Gulf and the other in the Mediterranean, the regional vessel to be considered will be the one operating in the area whereas the project is going to be develop.

Scientific Limitations:

Equipment should fit on deck availability

Vessel capability to support ROV deployment:

It allows decking a 20’ container on port side and two 10’ containers on starboard side. The vessel has Dynamic positioning K-POS (DP 1) for corer, grab and ROV operations.

Support Offered to EurofleetsPlus Users:

The vessel’s full suite of equipment will be available for scientific use. A full marine crew will be onboard to man the vessel and technical support will be provided for all onboard equipment. Technicians on board provide support to the systems, but they are not responsible for the operation or post-processing of data.

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



Availability by Month

Ports of operation in the period of availability


Iberian Peninsula waters, (Bay of Biscay, NE Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Cadiz, Strait of Gibraltar, Alborán Sea, Western Mediterranean), Balearic + Canary Island waters.






Contact Details

Applicants are welcomed to discuss the initial feasibility of their work while they prepare their application with the operator of RV ANGELES ALVARINO at e-mail address: gestion.buques@ieo.es

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

Nothing special

Are additional medical checks required


Survival training certification required for joining vessel

List of acceptable equivalent certification:

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

Diplomatic clearance required for area of operation

Yes, if not Spanish waters

Additional clearances required for area or type of activity

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